Writer, reporter and cultural critic Joan Didion died, according to her publisher Knopf and others. Knopf wrote in an email statement Thursday, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Joan Didion passed away early this morning at her home in New York from complications from Parkinson’s disease.”
Didion born December 5, 1934, in Sacramento, California, is a fifth-generation Californian whose ancestry is descended from the Donner Party, according to New York Times. California was central to Didion’s work, where she returned in books like her first novel, 1963’s “Run, River” about a Sacramento family, and her second, “Play It as It Lays” (1970), about an actress. dealing with a difficult life in 1960s Hollywood. Didion attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1956.
She married writer John Gregory Dunne in 1964. Together, the couple wrote screenplays, including “”Panic in Needle Park“(1971), starring young Al Pacino. Other scripts penned by the pair include an adaptation of “A Star is Born” (1976). In 2003, Dunne died at the age of 71. a heart attack his death, and less than two years later, the death of the couple’s only child, daughter Quintana Roo Dunne, at the age of 39, influenced Didion’s book”Year of Magical Thinking“(2005), which was later adapted into a one-woman Broadway show. The book won the 2005 National Book Award for Non-Fiction.
In 2003 Didion Interview IntroductionSalon’s Andrew O’Hehir writes, “Didion was not merely one of the greatest living practitioners of the literary journalism tradition, she more or less invented it, at least in the 20th century. of the Americans.” Her numerous books also include the essay anthologies “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” (1968) and “The White Album” (1979), detailing life in California during the 1960s and 1970s. her best might be her essay”Goodbye to all of that,” explores why she left New York City, her adopted home, and where she has written for publications like Vogue and Mademoiselle. She also reports on politics for The New. York Review of Books.
In one 1996 Beauty salon interview to writer Dave Eggers, Didion said, “I’ve never felt particularly successful. I’ve always felt like I wasn’t quite right, that I had to do better or something. In terms of work.. I’ve always wanted to have done it another way, to do better, in a different way.”
Didion is 87 years old.
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