Why Famous: Alice walker is a best-selling American poet and novelist. Her most famous work is the critically acclaimed novel "The Color Purple", which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was later turned into an Oscar nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Walker is a prominent black feminist and has coined the term "womanist" to represent her feminism. Her novel "Possessing the Secret of Joy" focused on female genital mutilation which she dvocates against.
- 1967-03-17 Novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in New York City
- 1983-04-18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for the novel "The Color Purple"
- 1985-12-16 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York
- 2005-12-01 Musical "The Color Purple" based on the book by Alice Walker opens on Broadway produced by Oprah Whitney starring LaChanze (Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical)