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Joan Didion Biography
Joan Didion has passed away at the age of 87, her publisher has confirmed.
The legendary essayist, novelist and screenwriter, who has long been revered as one of America’s greatest writers, passed away at her Manhattan home Thursday morning.
“We are deeply saddened to report that Joan Didion died this morning at her home in New York due to complications from Parkinson’s disease,” Penguin Random House / Knopf said in a statement.
How old was Joan Didion?
She was 87 year old.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter, Quintana Roo.
Didion is best known for chronicling the 1960s counterculture in her groundbreaking book of essays “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” She also won the 2005 National Non-Fiction Book Award for her best-selling memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking.”
In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal, describing her as one of the “sharpest and most respected observers of American politics and culture.”
Family and Career
Born in Sacramento in 1934, Didion was a descendant of pioneers who crossed the Donner Pass in California in the 19th century.
The daughter of a member of the Army Air Corps, Didion moved frequently as a child, before graduating from the University of California, Berkley in 1956. She embarked on a career as a writer after winning a Vogue writing contest in her last anus.
Didion moved to New York City and spent seven years at Vogue, eventually working her way up to becoming an Associate Feature Editor. She whist in the Big Apple, she met writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she married in 1964. They adopted her only daughter, Quintana Roo, in 1967.
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne appear in 1972.
The following year, Didion released a highly successful book of essays titled “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” which made her one of America’s most prominent literary celebrities.
The book includes entries detailing the San Francisco hippie movement and features the often-quoted phrase: “Character, the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s life, is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Along with Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote, she helped popularize the “New Journalism,” a nonfiction writing style that borrowed literary techniques such as subjective language.