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Isabel Allende

Writer Isabel Allende
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Profession: Writer

United States of America

Biography: Dubbed "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author," Allende is best known for such commercially successful novels as "The House of the Spirits" (La casa de los espĂ­ritus, 1982) and "City of the Beasts" (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002).

In addition to her career as a renowned author, Allende has devoted much of her life to human rights, establishing "The Isabel Allende Foundation" in 1996 to promote and protect women's rights worldwide.

Born: August 2, 1942
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Age: 79 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo

Historical Events

  • 1981-01-08 Isabel Allende begins a letter to her dying grandfather that will become her first novel "The House of the Spirits"
  • 2015-08-03 Chilean-born author Isabel Allende receives the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama

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