Joan Didion Dies: Journalist, Novelist, and Screenwriter Was 87

Joan Didion, the journalist, novelist, and screenwriter of such films as the 1976 “A Star Is Born” died Thursday at her home in Manhattan at the age of 87.

The New York Times reported that the cause was Parkinson’s disease.Didion was born in Sacramento in 1934.

The fifth-generation Californian found some of her most important material for her earliest writing in the culture and chaos of her home state.

Her career began after she won a pair of writing contests put on by magazines during her time at Uc Berkeley.

One of those wins led her to begin writing at Vogue.She worked her way up to features editor at the fashion magazine.

In 1963 she published her first novel, “Run River,” about the unraveling of a marriage that also serves as a commentary on the history of California.Around that time and while living in New York she struck up a friendship,

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