Born in California and a graduate of the University of California
at Berkeley, Didion has spent her adult life in New York and Los Angeles.
Winner of the 2005 National Book Award,The Year of Magical Thinkingis one of 13 books by Joan Didion.
Her other books includePlay It As It Lays, Democracy,
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, MiamiandPolitical Fictions. With her husband, John
Gregory Dunne, she wrote the screenplays for such pictures asThe Panic in Needle Parkwith Al Pacino,True Confessionswith Robert De Niro and Robert
Duvall,A Star Is Bornwith Barbra Streisand andUp Close & Personalwith Michelle Pfeiffer and
Robert Redford. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
which awarded her its 2005 Gold Medal in nonfiction. She also received the 1996
Edward MacDowell Medal, the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award and the 2002 George
Polk Book Award. She contributes to various periodicals, most frequentlyThe New York Review of Books.