LOS ANGELES - Laura Archera Huxley, the widow of "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley, who worked to preserve his legacy for nearly a half-century after his death while authoring her own books, has died. She was 96.

Huxley died of cancer Thursday night at her Hollywood Hills home, said Karen Pfeiffer, her legal ward, who helps direct Huxley's nonprofit foundation, Children: Our Ultimate Investment.

During the seven years of her marriage and for the decades after Aldous Huxley died of cancer in 1963, Huxley explored the vistas of psychotherapy, New Age spirituality, consciousness-raising and natural health regimens.

She and her husband experimented with LSD, Huxley wrote in her memoirs, and well into her 90s she was doing yoga and other exercises.After Aldous Huxley died, she devoted herself to preserving his writings and legacy.

Huxley wrote several books herself, including a 1963 best-selling self-help guide, "You Are Not the Target," and a memoir of her life with Huxley called "This Timeless Moment." *