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Colleen McCullough, ‘Thorn Birds’ Author, Dies at 77

29 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her 1977 novel “The Thorn Birds,” which was adapted into an enormously successful miniseries for ABC, has died. She was 77.

McCullough wrote more than 20 books in her long career, a few of which spawned screen adaptations. The first was her 1974 novel “Tim,” which was adapted into a film in 1979 starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie.

The Thorn Birds,” McCollough’s epic saga of three generations of an Australian family, has sold 30 million copies worldwide. The story was adapted into a 1983 ABC miniseries that starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck. The series was a huge sensation in its time, though McCullough preferred not to be associated with it, and even inspired a follow-up miniseries, 1996’s “The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years” on CBS.

McCullough is survived by her husband, Ric Robinson.

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- Marianne Zumberge

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‘Thorn Birds’ Author Colleen McCullough Dies At 77

29 January 2015 3:07 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Colleen McCullough, the Australian author of 1977 bestseller, The Thorn Birds, which served as the basis for one of the most popular TV miniseries ever, died today on Australia’s Norfolk Island. The novelist had suffered poor health in recent years. She was 77. McCullough was born in New South Wales in 1937 and worked as a neuroscientist before writing the first of her 25 books, Tim. Published in 1974, it was later made into a feature starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie… »

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