American author Joan Didion was born on December 5, 1934, in Sacremento, California. She is best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Didion was born and raised in Sacremento, California. Her parents are Frank Reese and Eduene Didion. According to Didion, she started writing things at a very early age of five. When she was a child, she used to read everything she could get her hands on. She learned to read from her mother.
Didion`s father was in the Army Air Corps during the world war II, so her family was constantly shifting places, so she did not attend school on a regular basis. But she attended kindergarten and first grade. But in 1943 her family settled back in Sacramento, and her father went to Detroit to settle defense contracts for the first and Second World War
Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A degree in English in 1956. While Didion was in her senior year, she won first prize in an essay contest sponsored by Vogue. As a reward, she was awarded a job as a research assistant at the magazine.
Didion worked her way up from promotional copywriter to associate feature editor in just two years of working at Vogue. She wrote her first novel called ‘Run, River’ which was published in the year 1963. In 1968, she returned to California with her new husband who was a writer named John Gregory Dunne and she published Slouching towards Bethlehem which was her first work of nonfiction.
In 1970 she published Play It As It Lays which was set in Hollywood. In 1977 she published Book of Common Prayer. In 1979, she published The White Album which was another collection of magazine pieces from The New York Times, Esquire, Life and the Saturday Evening Post. Didion`s essays and novels explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, and the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. Her books and quotes from them are equally famous as well.
Didion met her to be husband John Gregory Dunne who was also a writer and at the time was writing for Time. The couple got married in the year 1964, and they moved to Los Angeles to settle there temporarily. They ultimately settled in California and made their home for the next two decades. They have an adopted daughter named Quintana Roo Dunne who was adopted in 1966.
Besides that, they don`t have other children. Their daughter Quintana went into a coma on December 30, 2003, and while she was in the process of recovery in 2005, she died of serious health problem, acute pancreatitis. She was 39 years of age then. Didion later wrote about her dead daughter Quintana in the 2011 book called ‘Blue Nights.' She has won numerous awards for her books and other written works.
Her husband John died in 2003. Didion was living in an apartment in New York City on East 71st Street as of 2005. Her net worth is not known yet. Her bio and works can be found in wiki sites such as Wikipedia.