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Joan Didion (1934)

Born and raised in California, Joan Didion is an American journalist, writer and screenwriter that has always been exploring the desintegration of American values and cultural chaos. In 1956, she graduated from Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English and during her senior year, she won first place in an essay contest sponsored by Vogue. She entered the magazine and became editor while writing her first novel, Run, River. In 1964, she married writer John Gregory Dunne and moved to Los Angeles. Dunne and Didion worked closely together for most of their careers, and indeed much of their writing is intertwined up until the different screenplays they wrote together (The Panic in Needle Park, 1971 or Up Close & Personal, 1996). Inspired by James and Hemingway, Didion embodies what has been described as « New Journalism » which could be qualified as creative nonfiction, intimate journalism or literary nonfiction. Besides her established American fame, Didion really reached international recognition in 2005 with The Year of Magical Thinking, a dark and sensitive narrative that deals with her husband’s death in 2003, their daughter’s sickness and mourning.  Chosen to be the face of 2015 Spring/Summer Céline campaign, Didion epitomizes feminine cerebrality and maturity.

Tags / Joan Didion - American Writer - Journalism - 1960s - 1970s - It Women
Joan Didion by her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne
Joan Didion by her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne
Joan Didion by Irving Penn, Vogue, September 1996
Joan Didion by Irving Penn, Vogue, September 1996
Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo by Julian Wasser, 1970s
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo by Julian Wasser, 1970s
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Richard Schulman, 2000
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Richard Schulman, 2000
Joan Didion at Golden Gate Park by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion at Golden Gate Park by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion at home by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion at home by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion by Christopher Felver, 2000
Joan Didion by Christopher Felver, 2000
Joan Didion by John Bryson, 1981
Joan Didion by John Bryson, 1981
Joan Didion in Los Angeles, 1970
Joan Didion in Los Angeles, 1970
Joan Didion by Snowdon, 1979
Joan Didion by Snowdon, 1979
Joan Didion by Jerry Bauer, 1960s
Joan Didion by Jerry Bauer, 1960s
Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana Roo, 1966
Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana Roo, 1966
Joan Didion by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion by Jill Krementz, 1972
John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and their daughter Quintana Roo by John Bryson, 1981
John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and their daughter Quintana Roo by John Bryson, 1981
Joan Didion during a gathering in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion during a gathering in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion reads from her book Slouching Towards Bethlehem at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 2006. Photo by Katy Winn
Joan Didion reads from her book Slouching Towards Bethlehem at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 2006. Photo by Katy Winn
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1960s
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1960s
Joan Didion during a gathering in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion during a gathering in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco by Ted Streshinsky, April 1967
Joan Didion visits Alcatraz Prison, which was closed in 1963 and administered as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a tourist attraction, March 1967. Photo by Ted Streshinsky
Joan Didion visits Alcatraz Prison, which was closed in 1963 and administered as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a tourist attraction, March 1967. Photo by Ted Streshinsky
Joan Didion at the public reading of Salman Rushdie book The Satanic Verses, 1989. Photo by Gilles Peress
Joan Didion at the public reading of Salman Rushdie book The Satanic Verses, 1989. Photo by Gilles Peress
Joan Didion at home by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion at home by Aristide Economopoulos, January 2007
Joan Didion by Brigiette Lacombe for New York Magazine, 2011
Joan Didion by Brigiette Lacombe for New York Magazine, 2011
Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo, 1970
Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo, 1970
John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion by John Bryson, 1981
John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion by John Bryson, 1981
Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972
John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and daughter Quintana Roo Dunne by Eric Weiss, August 1994
John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and daughter Quintana Roo Dunne by Eric Weiss, August 1994
Joan Didion next to a portrait of her husband by Eugene Richards, 2005
Joan Didion next to a portrait of her husband by Eugene Richards, 2005
Joan Didion, 1960s
Joan Didion, 1960s
Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion, Quintana Roo Dunne and John Gregory Dunne by Jill Krementz, 1982
Joan Didion, Quintana Roo Dunne and John Gregory Dunne by Jill Krementz, 1982
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion by Jill Krementz, 1972
Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana Roo and Abigail McCarthy, Washington, 1977. Photo by Teresa Zabala
Joan Didion with her daughter Quintana Roo and Abigail McCarthy, Washington, 1977. Photo by Teresa Zabala
Portrait of Joan Didion, 1990s
Portrait of Joan Didion, 1990s
Joan Didion by Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1970s
Joan Didion by Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1970s
Joan Didion by Brigitte Lacombe, 2011
Joan Didion by Brigitte Lacombe, 2011
Joan Didion by Brigiette Lacombe for New York Magazine, 2011
Joan Didion by Brigiette Lacombe for New York Magazine, 2011
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion, 2000s
Joan Didion, 2000s
Joan Didion, 1960s
Joan Didion, 1960s
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion, 1990s
Joan Didion, 1990s
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo at their Malibu home by John Bryson, 1976
Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo at their Malibu home by John Bryson, 1976
Joan Didion John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo at their Malibu home by John Bryson, 1976
Joan Didion John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo at their Malibu home by John Bryson, 1976
Joan Didion by Juergen Teller for Céline Spring 2015
Joan Didion by Juergen Teller for Céline Spring 2015
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1972
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1972
Joan Didion by Steve Pyke, 2006
Joan Didion by Steve Pyke, 2006
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Richard Schulman, 2000
Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne by Richard Schulman, 2000
Joan Didion by Robert Birnbaum, 1980s
Joan Didion by Robert Birnbaum, 1980s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Joan Didion, 1970s
Joan Didion, 1970s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Joan Didion by Peter Ash Lee, 2010s
Martin Scorsese and Joan Didion for The 50 Year Argument, 2014
Martin Scorsese and Joan Didion for The 50 Year Argument, 2014
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1977
Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, 1977
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