Joan Didion Movies and Career Information

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Dec 05, 1934

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos commented upon by her essays, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work. Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, to parents Frank Reese and Eduene (Jerrett) Didion. Didion recalls writing things down as early as age five, though she claims that she never saw herself as a writer until after being published. She read everything she could get her hands on after learning how to read and even needed written permission from her mother to borrow adult books, biographies especially, from the library at a young age. With this, she identified herself as being a "shy, bookish child", who pushed herself to overcome these personal obstacles through acting and public speaking. As a child, Didion went to kindergarten and first grade; however, as a direct result of her father's involvement in World War II with the Army Air Corps, she did not attend school on a regular basis because of her family's constant relocation. It was

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