Joan Didion

1934 - Today

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Joan Didion (; born December 5, 1934) is an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. Her writing during the 1960s through the late 1970s engaged audiences in the realities of the counterculture of the '60s and the Hollywood lifestyle. Her political writing often concentrated on the subtext of political and social rhetoric. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joan Didion has received more than 3,293,849 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Joan Didion is the 1,994th most popular writer (up from 2,770th in 2019), the 2,497th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,381st in 2019) and the 235th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Joan Didion ranks 1,994 out of 5,794Before her are Tom Sharpe, Cleitarchus, Adnan Oktar, Mateo Alemán, Abu Hamid al-Gharnati, and Miguel Delibes. After her are Berthold Auerbach, Edward Gorey, José Zorrilla, Silva Kaputikyan, Anne Perry, and Juan del Encina.

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Among people born in 1934, Joan Didion ranks 125Before her are Jean Ziegler, Van Cliburn, Elgin Baylor, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Umberto Agnelli, and George Chakiris. After her are Ken Rosewall, Raina Kabaivanska, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Kate Millett, Eileen Atkins, and Jacques Loussier.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joan Didion ranks 2,497 out of 15,968Before her are Rob Reiner (1947), Edsel Ford (1893), Paul Michael Glaser (1943), Christine Chubbuck (1944), Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (1981), and John McTiernan (1951). After her are J. Presper Eckert (1919), Randy Schekman (1948), John Frusciante (1970), Diane Ladd (1935), Stella Adler (1901), and Edward Gorey (1925).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Joan Didion ranks 235Before her are Robert James Waller (1939), John W. Campbell (1910), Archibald Gracie IV (1858), Kathy Reichs (1948), Suzanne Collins (1962), and Anne Sexton (1928). After her are Edward Gorey (1925), Nora Ephron (1941), Maria Shriver (1955), Johnston McCulley (1883), Maurice Sendak (1928), and Nelson Algren (1909).