Women Authors from Past & Present

by BatBanks | created - 19 Sep 2017 | updated - 21 Aug 2018 | Public

Not particular order.

1. Jane Austen

Writer | Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...

2. Mary Shelley

Writer | Young Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...

3. Charlotte Brontë

Writer | Jane Eyre

Charlotte was born 1816, the third of the six children of Patrick Brontë, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. After their mother's death in 1821, Charlotte and her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were sent to Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School, which Charlotte would later ...

4. Emily Brontë

Writer | Wuthering Heights

The dreamiest of the talented Brontë clan, Emily Jane Brontë was born in 1818. Her mother died when she was barely more than a toddler, and Emily and her younger sister, Anne, became very close. Along with their other siblings, 'Charlotte Bronte' and Branwell Bronte, they invented the make-believe ...

5. Louisa May Alcott

Writer | Little Women

American author.

6. Kate Chopin

Writer | The End of August

Spoke English and French.

7. Edith Wharton

Writer | The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 in New York City, New York, USA as Edith Newbold Jones. She was a writer, known for The Age of Innocence (1993), The House of Mirth (2000) and Lights Out (1946). She was married to Edward Robbins Wharton. She died on August 11, 1937 in ...

8. Virginia Woolf

Writer | Orlando

London-born Virginia Woolf came from a wealthy family and, unlike her brothers, received her education at home, an unusual step for the times. Her parents had both had children from previous marriages, so she grew up with a variety of siblings, stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her father was a ...

9. Zora Neale Hurston

Writer | She's Gotta Have It

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, USA. She was a writer and director, known for She's Gotta Have It (1986), Barracoon and Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940). She was married to Albert Price III and Herbert Sheen. She died on ...

10. Daphne Du Maurier

Writer | The Birds

Daphne Du Maurier was one of the most popular English writers of the 20th Century, when middle-brow genre fiction was accorded a higher level of respect in a more broadly literate age. For her services to literature, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969, the ...

11. Betty Smith

Writer | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith was born on December 15, 1896 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Elisabeth Wehner. She was a writer, known for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Joy in the Morning (1965) and Hour Glass (1946). She died on January 17, 1972.

12. Patricia Highsmith

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Mary Patricia Plangman. She was a writer, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Strangers on a Train (1951) and The Two Faces of January (2014). She died on February 4, 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.

13. Ayn Rand

Writer | The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum. She was a writer and actress, known for The Fountainhead, The Night of January 16th (1941) and We the Living (1942). She was married to Frank O'Connor. She died on March 6, 1982 in New York City,...

14. Shirley Jackson

Writer | The Haunting

Shirley Jackson was a horror and mystery writer born in San Francisco, California in 1916. She is best remembered for her unsettling novel of paranoia and the supernatural, 'The Haunting of Hill House' (1959) and her terrifying short story 'The Lottery' (1948), a horror tale rife with symbolism ...

15. Harper Lee

Writer | To Kill a Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama in the 1920s. It was a time of hostility between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in Alabama. Her father, a lawyer, also ran a local newspaper. Her mother suffered from mental illness and oftentimes stayed inside from others; she ...

16. Madeleine L'Engle

Writer | A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle was born on November 29, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Madeleine L'Engle Camp. She was a writer, known for A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Camilla Dickinson (2012) and A Wrinkle in Time (2003). She was married to Hugh Franklin. She died on September 6, 2007 in Litchfield, ...

17. Sylvia Plath

Writer | The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to Otto and Aurelia Schoeber Plath, both professors. When Sylvia was eight, Otto died of complications from diabetes. Her mother struggled to give Sylvia and her younger brother every advantage of a superior education. Self-consciousness and ...

18. Maya Angelou

Actress | Madea's Family Reunion

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more ...

19. Toni Morrison

Writer | Beloved

Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, USA as Chloe Ardelia Wofford. She was married to Harold Morrison. She died on August 5, 2019 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.

20. Anne Rice

Writer | Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Anne Rice began life as "Howard Allen O'Brien", second of four daughters born to Howard and Katherine Allen O'Brien. She decided to call herself "Anne", when she enrolled in first grade at the Redemptorist Catholic School. Her mother (who had long suffered from alcoholism) died when Anne was nearly...

21. Octavia Butler

Writer | Wild Seed

Octavia Butler was born on June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California, USA as Octavia Estelle Butler. She was a writer, known for Wild Seed, Dawn and Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004). She died on February 24, 2006 in Lake Forest Park, Washington, USA.

22. Alice Walker

Writer | The Color Purple

Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, USA as Alice Malsenior Walker. She is a writer, known for The Color Purple (1985), The Color Purple and Everyday Use. She was previously married to Melvyn R. Leventhal.

23. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

24. Sandra Cisneros

Writer | The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros is a writer and producer, known for The House on Mango Street, The Latino List (2011) and Corpus (1999).

25. Margaret Atwood

Writer | The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Margaret Eleanor Atwood. She is a writer and producer, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Alias Grace (2017) and The Handmaid's Tale (1990). She was previously married to Graeme Gibson and Jim Polk.

26. Amy Tan

Writer | Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California, USA; and attended San Jose State University, where she received a master's degree in linguistics. She has written essays for numerous magazines; a few books (including "The Joy Luck Club"; and fiction for such forums as Atlantic as McCall's. She currently ...

27. Laura Esquivel

Writer | Como agua para chocolate

Laura Esquivel was born on September 30, 1950 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is known for her work on Like Water for Chocolate (1992), Chido Guan, el tacos de oro (1986) and Katuwira, donde nacen y mueren los sueños (1996).

28. J.K. Rowling

Writer | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...

29. Joyce Carol Oates

Writer | Vengeance: A Love Story

Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York, USA. She is a writer, known for Vengeance: A Love Story (2017), Smooth Talk (1985) and Creme Noir (2017). She was previously married to Charles Gross and Raymond Smith.

30. Zoë Heller

Writer | Notes on a Scandal

Zoë Heller was born on July 7, 1965 in London, England. She is a writer, known for Notes on a Scandal (2006), The Believers and Twenty-One (1991).

31. Audrey Niffenegger

Writer | The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger was born on June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan, USA. She is a writer, known for The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), The Time Traveler's Wife and Jakob and the Angels (2007).

33. Suzanne Collins

Writer | The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist, author of the bestselling series The Underland Chronicles and the wildly successful Hunger Games trilogy that spawned the Lionsgate film The Hunger Games (2012) and the three subsequently announced sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching ...

34. Tana French

Writer | Dublin Murders

Tana French is a writer, known for Dublin Murders (2019), The Likeness and Babel (2005).

35. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

36. Gillian Flynn

Writer | Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn was born on February 24, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Gillian Schieber Flynn. She is a writer and producer, known for Gone Girl (2014), Widows (2018) and Sharp Objects (2018). She has been married to Brett Nolan since 2007. They have two children.

37. Agatha Christie

Writer | Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...

38. Lois Duncan

Writer | I Know What You Did Last Summer

Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Lois Duncan Steinmetz. She was a writer, known for I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and Down a Dark Hall (2018). She was married to Don Arquette and Joseph "Buzz" Cardozo...

39. Patricia Cornwell

Writer | The Front

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956 in Miami, Florida, USA as Patricia Carroll Daniels. She is a writer and producer, known for The Front (2010), Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project and ATF (1999). She has been married to Staci Gruber since February 2005. She was previously married to Charles L. ...

40. Mary Higgins Clark

Writer | Where Are the Children?

In 2002 Mary Higgins Clark published her memoir "Kitchen Privileges". The book describes her upbringing, first marriage and how she became such a famous author. Meanwhile 36 movies have been made that are based on Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers. For a while Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter ...

41. Sue Monk Kidd

Writer | The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd was born on August 12, 1948 in Sylvester, Georgia, USA. She is a writer, known for The Secret Life of Bees (2008), The Invention of Wings and The Mermaid Chair (2006).

42. Nora Roberts

Writer | Sanctuary

Nora Roberts was born on October 10, 1950 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Eleanor Robertson. She is known for her work on Sanctuary (2001), Blue Smoke (2007) and Carolina Moon (2007). She has been married to Bruce Wilder since July 6, 1985. She was previously married to Ronald ...

43. S.E. Hinton

Writer | The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Susan Eloise Hinton. She is a writer and actress, known for The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1990). She has been married to David E. Inhofe since September 26, 1970. They have one child.

44. Lois Lowry

Writer | The Giver

Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Lois Ann Hammersberg. She is a writer, known for The Giver (2014), Alien Tales (1995) and The Willoughbys (2020). She was previously married to Donald Lowry.

45. Diana Wynne Jones

Writer | Hauru no ugoku shiro

While studying for her bachelor's degree at St. Anne's College at Oxford, she attended lectures by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

46. Meg Cabot

Writer | The Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA as Meggin Patricia Cabot. She is a writer, known for The Princess Diaries (2001), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and Ice Princess (2005). She has been married to Benjamin D. Egnatz since April 1, 1993.

47. Cornelia Funke

Writer | Inkheart

Cornelia Funke was born at Dorsten, Westphalia. She started as a book illustrator but then decided to write her own stories. She has written over forty scripts and books. Her most famous books include "Thief Lord", "Inkheart" and "Dragon Rider", all of these are New York Times bestselling books. ...

48. Jackie Collins

Actress | Danger Man

Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...

49. Anne Frank

Writer | Anne Frank Remembered

Born in Germany in 1929 and raised and raised in Germany and Amsterdam. In 1942, shortly after receiving a diary for her 13th birthday, she and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews. Hiding with another family and a dentist in an annex behind the ...

50. Veronica Roth

Writer | Divergent

Veronica Roth was born on August 19, 1988 in New York, New York, USA as Veronica Anne Roth. She is a writer and actress, known for Divergent (2014), Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016).

51. Erin Morgenstern

Writer | The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern is a writer, known for The Night Circus and The Hour (2004).

53. Paula Hawkins

Writer | The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins is a writer and producer, known for The Girl on the Train (2016), Into the Water and CBS This Morning (1992).

54. Emma Donoghue

Writer | Room

Emma Donoghue is a writer and producer, known for Room (2015), Immaculate Conceptions: Inside a Lesbian Baby Boom (2007) and The Wonder.

55. Kathryn Stockett

Writer | The Help

Kathryn Stockett was born as Kathryn R. Stockett. She was previously married to Keith Rogers.

56. Rainbow Rowell

Writer | Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell is a writer, known for Eleanor & Park, Vlogbrothers (2007) and Marvel LIVE from 2019 San Diego Comic Con (2019).

57. Frances Hodgson Burnett

Writer | The Secret Garden

Born in Manchester, England on November 24 1849, Frances Eliza Hodgson was the eldest daughter in a family of two boys and three girls. After her father's death when she was three years old, the Hodgsdons experienced severe financial difficulties. As a young girl, she would scrawl little stories on...

58. Lucy Maud Montgomery

Writer | Emily of New Moon

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author with roots in Scotland. She lost her mother at an early age, and was raised by her maternal grandparents. She began to keep a diary and discovered at the age of 10 that she could write poetry. After college she became a teacher but kept writing. In 1908 ...

59. Stephenie Meyer

Writer | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Stephenie born in Connecticut in 1973. Her family was settled in Phoenix by the time she was four. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen ( + ie).

Stephenie went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and she used it to pay her ...

60. Cecily von Ziegesar

Writer | Gossip Girl: Acapulco

Cecily von Ziegesar was born on June 27, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as Cecily Brooke von Ziegesar. She is a writer, known for Gossip Girl: Acapulco (2013), Gossip Girl (2007) and The Beginning, XOXO (2008).

61. Cassandra Clare

Writer | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Cassandra Clare is the author of The Mortal Instruments Series and the Infernal Devices series. She was born to American parents Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt in Teheran,Iran. Her father is a business school professor and an author. Her maternal grandfather was film producer Max Rosenberg. She spent...

62. L.J. Smith

Writer | The Vampire Diaries

Lisa Jane Smith, known professionally as L.J. Smith, is an American author of young-adult literature. Her books, which combine elements of the genres of horror, science fiction/fantasy, and romance, are populated with young and apparently-young human and supernatural characters locked in dark vs. ...

63. Danielle Steel

Writer | Changes

Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Danielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel. She is a writer, known for Changes (1991), Now and Forever (1983) and Safe Harbour (2007). She was previously married to Thomas J. Perkins, John Traina, William George Toth, ...

64. Virginia C. Andrews

Writer | Flowers in the Attic

Virginia C. Andrews was born on June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Cleo Virginia Andrews. She was a writer and actress, known for Flowers in the Attic (1987), Rain (2006) and Flowers in the Attic (2014). She died on December 19, 1986 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

65. Jacqueline Susann

Actress | Mannix

Jacqueline Susann was an extraordinarily successful writer who turned her dynamic charm, chutzpah, and personality into a formidable marketing machine. Despite a less than spectacular career as an actress, singer, and playwright, she never lost confidence in herself. Blessed with sensual looks and ...

68. Dodie Smith

Writer | 101 Dalmatians

Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled "A Childhood in Manchester"). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she ...

69. Anne Brontë

Writer | Novela

The youngest of the talented Brontë siblings, Anne was born January 17th, 1820 to Rev. Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell Brontë. Her mother died of cancer when she was only a year old, and growing up Anne was especially close to her elder sister Emily Brontë. Along with their other sister, ...

70. Jodi Picoult

Writer | My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult was born on May 19, 1966 in the USA as Jodi Lynn Picoult. She is a writer, known for My Sister's Keeper (2009), Change of Heart and Vanishing Acts. She has been married to Timothy Warren van Leer since November 18, 1989. They have three children.

71. Karen Blixen

Writer | Out of Africa

Karen Blixen was born on April 17, 1885 in Rungsted, Denmark as Karen Christentze Dinesen. She was a writer, known for Out of Africa (1985), Ringen and Babette's Feast (1987). She was married to Bror Frederik von Blixen-Finecke. She died on September 7, 1962 in Rungsted.

72. Dorothy Allison

Writer | Bastard Out of Carolina

Dorothy Allison was born on April 11, 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. She is a writer, known for Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), Cavedweller (2004) and Evening (1976).

73. Jeannette Walls

Writer | The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls was born on January 1, 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is a writer, known for The Glass Castle (2017), CBS News Sunday Morning (1979) and Extra with Billy Bush (1994). She is married to John Taylor.

74. Angela Carter

Writer | The Company of Wolves

Angela Carter was born on May 7, 1940 in Eastbourne, Sussex, England as Angela Olive Stalker. She was a writer, known for The Company of Wolves (1984), The Magic Toyshop (1987) and The Bloody Chamber (1983). She was married to Mark Pierce and Paul Carter. She died on February 16, 1992 in London, ...

75. Isabel Allende

Writer | The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende is one of today's most important voices of Southern America literature. She was born in Lima, Peru, in 1942, but at the age of 3 she moved to Chile with her mother and two brothers. She spent her childhood there, at her maternal grandparents'home, but she also traveled a lot and ...

76. Laura Ingalls Wilder

Writer | Little House on the Prairie

Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls in Wisconsin in 1867, she spent her childhood as a "pioneer girl, " settling in Wisconsin (twice), Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota by the time she was twelve years old. Her family stayed in South Dakota, or Dakota Territory as it was known, and in ...

77. Helen Keller

Writer | Whirlpool

Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the ...

78. Rebecca Wells

Writer | Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Rebecca Wells is a novelist, actor, and playwright. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere (winner of the Western States Book Award), and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (winner of the American ...

79. Helene Hanff

Writer | 84 Charing Cross Road

Growing up during the depression in Philadelphia, she was in a family that lived for the theater - her father was a shirt salesman who took the family to plays every week. All she ever wanted to do was to be a playwright. She could only afford a year of college, but all her life continued to learn ...

81. Katherine Paterson

Writer | Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson was born on October 31, 1932 in Qing Jiang, China as Katherine Womeldorf. She is a writer and actress, known for Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Flint Heart and The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015). She has been married to John Paterson since 1962. They have four children.

82. Helen Fielding

Writer | Bridget Jones's Diary

Helen Fielding was born on February 19, 1958 in Morley, West Yorkshire, England. She is a writer and producer, known for Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

83. Sarah Dessen

Writer | How to Deal

Sarah Dessen was born on June 6, 1970 in the USA. She is a writer, known for How to Deal (2003) and Good Morning America (1975). She has been married to Jay since June 10, 2000. They have two children.

84. Louise Fitzhugh

Director | Suzuki Beane

As a young woman she wrote a manuscript about a lesbian girl called "Amelia", based on her own teenager years and an affair with another girl, but the novel was later lost and never published. Her best-selling book "Harriet the Spy", about a tomboyish 11-year-old, met with controversy in the 1960s,...

85. Susanna Kaysen

Writer | Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen was born on November 11, 1948 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and HBO First Look (1992).

86. Janet Evanovich

Writer | One for the Money

Janet Evanovich was born on April 22, 1943 in South River, New Jersey, USA. She is a writer, known for One for the Money (2012), One for the Money (2002) and The 2nd Annual Quill Awards (2006). She is married to Peter Evanovich. They have two children.

87. Ellen Raskin

Writer | The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin was born in 1928. Later in her life, she married Dennis Flanagan. She wrote many books, perhaps the two most famous are "The Mysterious Disappearance Of Leon (I Mean Noel)" and "The Westing Game", both published in the 70s. The latter won the Newberry Award for the best children's book...

89. Gypsy Rose Lee

Actress | Belle of the Yukon

Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, but called Louise from early childhood, Gypsy Rose Lee was the daughter of a mild-mannered businessman and a restless, fiery young woman named Rose, who was determined to get out of Seattle and make a life for herself and her daughter in show...

90. Diana Gabaldon

Writer | Outlander

Diana Gabaldon was born on January 11, 1952 in Williams, Arizona, USA. She is known for her work on Outlander (2014), Outlander and CBS This Morning (1992). She is married to Doug Watkins. They have three children.

91. Mindy Kaling

Actress | The Office

Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2005), Inside Out (2015) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

92. Richelle Mead

Writer | Vampire Academy

Richelle Mead is a writer and actress, known for Vampire Academy (2014), Vampire Academy (2016) and The Fiery Heart (2013).

93. Eva Ibbotson

Writer | Journey to the River Sea

Children's literature author.

94. Sara Shepard

Writer | Pretty Little Liars

Sara Shepard is a writer and actress, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (2019) and The Lying Game (2011).

95. Judy Blume

Writer | Tiger Eyes

Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as Judith Sussman. She is a writer and producer, known for Tiger Eyes (2012), Wifey and Summer Sisters. She has been married to George Cooper since June 6, 1987. She was previously married to Thomas A. Kitchens and John Blume.

97. Sandra Brown

Writer | Sandra Brown's White Hot

Sandra Brown is a writer and producer, known for Sandra Brown's White Hot (2016), Copyface ~ the Me Who Was Erased (2016) and Ricochet (2011). She is married to Michael Brown. They have two children.

98. Vera Caspary

Writer | Laura

Left school at 18 to write advertising copy for a mail-order business.

100. Olive Higgins Prouty

Writer | Now, Voyager

Best known for her novel 'Now, Voyager', which was filmed with Bette Davis in 1942. The film drew upon her own experience of having suffered nervous breakdowns (1894 and 1925) and having undergone subsequent psychotherapy.



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