In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021

One of many nation's biggest writers has handed away.

E! Information can verify best-selling writer Joan Didion died on Thursday, Dec. 23. She was 87. 

"We're deeply saddened to report that Joan Didion died earlier this morning at her residence in New York on account of issues from Parkinson's illness," her workforce stated in a press release. 

Didion's lengthy profession started after she graduated from the College of California, Berkeley in 1956 when she moved to New York and started working for Vogue. After beginning her profession as a journalist, she printed her first novel in 1963 known as Run River

One 12 months later, Didion married John Gregory Dunne and moved to California the place they might develop into frequent literary collaborators. The pair labored collectively on screenplays for The Panic in Needle Park, A Star Is Born and Didion's second novel titled Play It As It Lays. They'd additionally undertake a daughter, Quintana Roo, in 1967.

Throughout her profession, Didion obtained reward for her work as she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Belles Letters and Criticism. In 2007, she obtained the Nationwide Guide Basis's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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President Barack Obama additionally honored the writer with a Nationwide Medal of Arts and Humanities in 2013. 

"Joan was a superb observer and listener, a clever and refined teller of truths about our current and future," Shelley Wanger, Didion's editor at Knopf, stated in a press release. "She was fierce and fearless in her reporting. Her writing is timeless and highly effective, and her prose has influenced thousands and thousands."

Wanger added, "She was an in depth and longtime good friend, cherished by many, together with these of us who labored along with her at Knopf. We are going to mourn her loss of life however have a good time her life, realizing that her work will encourage generations of readers and writers to come back." 

In her 2005 memoir, The Yr of Magical Considering, Didion addressed loss of life and mourning when recalling the passing of her husband.

"We're not idealized wild issues. We're imperfect mortal beings, conscious of that mortality whilst we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that once we mourn our losses we additionally mourn, for higher or for worse, ourselves," she wrote. "As we had been. As we're now not. As we'll at some point not be in any respect."

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