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Who was American legendary writer Joan Didion?

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Best-selling author Joan Didion had died on Thursday, Dec. 23. She was 87.

“We are deeply saddened to report that Joan Didion died earlier this morning at her home in New York due to complications from Parkinson’s disease,” her team said in a statement.

Didion’s long career began after she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 when she moved to New York and began working for Vogue. After starting her career as a journalist, she published her first novel in 1963 called Run River.

One year later, Didion married John Gregory Dunne and moved to California where they would become frequent literary collaborators. The pair worked together on screenplays for The Panic in Needle Park, A Star Is Born and Didion’s second novel titled Play It As It Lays.

During her career, Didion received praise for her work as she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Belles Letters and Criticism.

President Barack Obama also honored the author with a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 2013.

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