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Isabel Allende


Peruvian-born Chilean author who penned THE HOME from the Spirits and Town of the Beasts, among various other well-known novels. Her books concentrate on the knowledge of women, include autobiographical elements, and so are frequently classified as functions of marvelous realism. After completing senior high school, she proved helpful for the United Countries’ Meals and Agriculture Company in both Chile and Belgium. She also discovered early function translating British books into Spanish. She released her debut book, The House from the Spirits, in 1982. She gained the esteemed Chilean National Books Prize this year 2010. She was the little girl of Chilean diplomat, Tomas Allende. She was wedded to her initial hubby, Miguel Frias, from 1962-1987. The few had a little girl, Paula, and a kid, Nicolas. In 1988, Allende wedded her second hubby, Willie Gordon. She gained Chile’s National Award for Literature a lot more than six years after Pablo Neruda gained the same honor.

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Full Name Isabel Allende
Date Of Birth August 2, 1942
Place Of Birth Lima, Peru
Profession Novelist
Nationality Peruvian, American, Chilean
Spouse Willie Gordon, Miguel Frías
Children Paula Frías Allende, Nicolás Frías
Parents Tomás Allende, Francisca Llona Barros
Siblings Juan Allende, Georgia Allende Llona, Francisco Allende Llona
Awards National Prize for Literature, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, American Book Award
Nominations Locus Award for Best Young-Adult Book
Movies The House of the Spirits, A Fierce Green Fire, Of Love and Shadows, Santiago Files, Pablo Neruda presente!
Star Sign Leo

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1Inducted into the Marin [County, California] Women's Hall of Fame in 1994.
2Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 24 November 2014.
3One of the eight women bearing the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony of Turin 2006: XX Olympic Winter Games (2006).
4Resides in San Rafael, California with her second husband Willie Gordon, a lawyer and novelist.
5Obtained US citizenship (2003).
6Her daughter Paula died at the age of 29 after being in a coma from complications of porphyria (6 December 1992).
7Her 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).
8Born 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.
9Sister of Dr. Juan Allende, an associate professor of Political Science at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and Francisco Allende Llona.
10Gave birth to her daughter Paula in 1963 and her son Nicolás Frias in 1966.
11First cousin once removed of the former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her father Tomás Allende was first cousin of Salvador Allende.



Secret2002Short author
Of Love and Shadows1994book
The House of the Spirits1993novel



Chile, the Obstinate Memory1997Documentary special thanks



Now2003TV Series documentaryHerself
La mirada crítica2003TV SeriesHerself
Viola Chilensis2003DocumentaryHerself
Negro sobre blanco2002TV SeriesHerself
Continuar1997-2000TV SeriesHerself
Bestseller2000TV SeriesHerself - Author
Caiga quien caiga1999-2000TV SeriesHerself
El primer café2000TV SeriesHerself
Water: The Drop of Life2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Wetten, dass..?1999TV SeriesHerself
Los desayunos de TVE1999TV SeriesHerself
Día a día1998TV SeriesHerself
Lo + plus1997TV SeriesHerself
Isabel Allende: An Extraordinary Life1995DocumentaryHerself
Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Mission1994TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Besser als mein Haus je war1993TV Short documentaryHerself
Charlie Rose1993TV SeriesHerself
Canto a la vida1988DocumentaryHerself
Àngel Casas Show1984TV SeriesHerself
Página 22008-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Power of the Heart2014DocumentaryHerself
The Frost Interview2013TV SeriesHerself
Democracy Now!2008-2013TV SeriesHerself
A Fierce Green Fire2012Documentary Narrator
Santiago Files2011DocumentaryHerself
Miradas 22009-2011TV Series documentaryHerself
La independencia inconclusa2010DocumentaryHerself
Animal nocturno2010TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2010TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHerself
The Naturalized2010DocumentaryHerself
Els matins a TV32009TV SeriesHerself
Isabel Allende. Erzähl mir vom Leben2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
TEDTalks2008TV SeriesHerself
The South Bank Show2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Las mañanas de Cuatro2006TV SeriesHerself
Turin 2006: XX Olympic Winter Games2006TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Behind the Mask of Zorro2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Texas Monthly Talks2005TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Once Upon a Time...2005TV MovieHerself
The Gifts of Grief2005Video documentary
Først & sist2004TV SeriesHerself
Deadline2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Pablo Neruda! Presente!2004DocumentaryNarrator

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The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement2008DocumentaryHerself
Unsere Besten2004TV SeriesHerself

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1My erotic Antonio Banderas fantasy: place him naked in a tortilla, slather him with guacamole and eat him.
2[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.
3Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.
4For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.

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