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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 August 1942Lima, Peru
Birth NameIsabel Allende Llona
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 lived in different countries, because of the diplomatic career of her step-father. As an adult, she returned to Chile, where she married, had two children and worked as a journalist until 1973. After the military coup of Pinochet she moved to Venezuela and, later, to United States; now she lives in San Rafael, California, with her second husband. Her books are translated in many languages. She writes mostly narrative, but she also wrote short stories for children, humor books, theater plays. Among her books: "The house of the spirits" (adapted into the movie The House of the Spirits (1993)), "Of Love and Shadows" (adapted into the movie Of Love and Shadows (1994)), "Eva Luna", "the Infinite Plain", "Paula" (a book of memories, written during a tragic period, the illness and death of her daughter), and the trilogy of books for young adults, "The City of the Beasts", "Kingdom of the Golden Dragon" and "Forest of the Pygmies", which are in talks to be adapted for the big screen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: May Ell

Spouse (2)

Willie Gordon (17 July 1988 - present)
Miguel Frías (1962 - 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

First cousin once removed of the former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her father Tomás Allende was first cousin of Salvador Allende.
Gave birth to her daughter Paula in 1963 and her son Nicolás Frias in 1966.
Sister of Dr. Juan Allende, an associate professor of Political Science at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and Francisco Allende Llona.
Born to Tomás Allende, a diplomatic official, and his wife Francisca Llona Barros, she grew up at her maternal grandparents' home after her parents had divorced in 1945.
Her most successful novels include "The House of the Spirits" (1982), which was adapted into The House of the Spirits (1993), "Eva Luna" (1987), "Paula" (1995), "Daughter of Fortune" (1999) and "Portrait in Sepia" (2000).
Her daughter Paula died at the age of 29 after being in a coma from complications of porphyria (6 December 1992).
Obtained US citizenship (2003).
Resides in San Rafael, California with her second husband Willie Gordon, a lawyer and novelist.
One of the eight women bearing the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony of Turin 2006: XX Olympic Winter Games (2006).

Personal Quotes (4)

For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.
Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.
[on being 70] For a vain woman like myself, it's very hard to age in this culture. I feel charming, seductive, sexy. Nobody sees that. I'm invisible. I hate to be invisible.
My erotic Antonio Banderas fantasy: place him naked in a tortilla, slather him with guacamole and eat him.

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