Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist, Journalist, Playwright
Executive summary: The House of Spirits
Isabel Allende was raised primarily in Chile and during her adolescence moved to the countries her diplomat step-father was assigned to. She spent some time with her husband and two children in the middle east where she began to write. Eventually, Allende returned to Chile as a journalist and founded the woman's magazine Paula.
Isabel's socialist uncle Salvador Allende was elected president of Chile, only to be overthrown by dictator Augusto Pinochet's military coup. She escaped to Venezuela to live in exile and continue her career as a journalist and playwright.
In the 1980s, Allende began writing novels based on her political family and her experiences in Chile, to international acclaim. She moved to the United States in 1988 and currently resides in the San Francisco area. Two of her books have been made into movies, and Daughter of Fortune was an Oprah Book Club Pick.
Father: Tomás Allende (Chilean diplomat, brother of Salvador Allende
Mother: Francisca Liona Barros
Husband: Miguel Frías (engineer, m. 1962, div. 1987, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Paula (activist, b. 1963, d. 1992 of porphyria)
Son: Nicolás (b. 1966)
Husband: William Gordon ("Willie", lawyer, m. 1988)
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Naturalized US Citizen 2003
Risk Factors: Yoga
Author of books:
The House of Spirits (1982)
La forda de porcelana (1984)
Of Love and Shadows (1984)
Eva Luna (1987)
The Stories of Eva Luna (1989, short stories)
The Infinite Plan (1991)
Daughter of Fortune (1999)
Portrait in Sepia (2000)
City of the Beasts (2002)
My Invented Country (2003)
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2003)
Forest of the Pygmies (2005)
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