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Joan Didion Biography

Joan Didion

Facts of Joan Didion

Date of Birth: 1934 , December-5
Birth Nation: United States

Quick Timeline of Joan Didion

1934 Born in United States
1964 Got Married
1984 Published Democracy
2005 Her "The Year of Magical Thinking"
2003 Her Husband
2011 Published Blue Nights
2017 Current Net Worth

Detail Timeline of Joan Didion


Born in United States

Joan Didion was born on 5th of December 1934, in Sacramento, California, to Frank Reese and Eduene Didion. Talking about her nationality, she is an American and belongs to white ethnicity. 


Got Married

The couple: Joan and John first meeting in New York, while Joan was working at Vogue and soon after their first meeting, started dating each other. And in 1964, they married. 


Published Democracy

In this year, Didion published “Democracy”, which narrates the story of a long but unanswered love affair between an old man, a CIA officer and a wealthy heiress, against the background of the Cold War and the Vietnam conflict. 


Her "The Year of Magical Thinking"

In this year, Joan Didion released “The Year of Magical Thinking”, which was written following the death of her husband and severe illness of their daughter. The book has won the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography and respectively for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  


Her Husband

Her husband suffered a fatal heart attack while he was taking dinner at the dinner table and sadly died. Further, her adopted daughter died two years later after the death of her husband and left alone her mother Joan.  


Published Blue Nights

"Blue Nights" was published in 2011, written by Joan Didion. The book is an account of the death of her adopted daughter, Quintana, who died at age of thirty-nine. In the book, she discusses her feelings regarding parenthood and aging. 


Current Net Worth

As of 2017, Joan Didion has an estimated net worth of $1.9 Million. She has earned her wealth widely through her professional career as an author.  


Joan Didion is a native of Sacramento, California, born to Frank Reese and Eduene Didion. Didion, since her childhood was interested in writing and she started it from the age of 5. She defines herself a “shy, bookish child”.

Furthermore, about her education, Didon attended kindergarten and first grade, although, she could not attend school on a regular basis because her father was in the Army Air Corps during World War II due to which, her family was constantly being relocated.

Then in, 1944 her family settled back in Sacramento and she graduated from the "University of California, Berkely" with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After completion of her graduation, Joan, worked her way up from promotional copywriter to associate feature editor.

Further, after a big struggle, Didon published her very first novel,” Run, River”. After this, she came out with “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”, a collection of essays which describes her experience in California. 

Till this date, she has published 5 Fiction including Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, Democracy and The Last Thing He Wanted. Correspondingly, she also published numerous Nonfiction, and recently she published “South and West: From a Notebook. “ Till this date, she has released 13 Nonfiction.

Adding up to her career, Didion has a huge name and fame in the field of screenwriting. She began screenwriting with an American romantic drama, “The Panic in Needle Park”. Further, wrote numerous outstanding Screenplays such as Play It as It Lays, A Star Is Born, True Confession, Up Close & Personal and AS it Happens.

Eighty-two years Didion has achieved numerous awards and definitely acquired many honors. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letter degree by Harvard University. Respectively, she also received the National Book Foundation’s annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Exploring her personal life,  Didion was married to her husband, John Gregory Dunne until his last breath. The couple first met in New York, while she was working at Vogue and soon after their first meeting both dated each other and after some years they married happily. The couple doesn’t have any child together because, Joan has an infertility issue, but they have adopted a girl child, Quintana Roo Dunne.

After the death of her Spouse, Dunee, Didion is living in an apartment on East 71st Street in New York City. As per our record, she is currently single.

Heading towards her financial aspects, Joan Didion has an estimated net worth of $1.9 Million.