Joan Didion (//; December 5, 1934 – December 23, 2021) was an American writer. She was born in Sacramento, California. In the 1960s, she released a collection of essays titled Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968). In 1970, she released Play It as It Lays.
In 1991, she wrote the earliest mainstream media article to suggest the Central Park Five had been wrongfully convicted.
In 2005, she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography for The Year of Magical Thinking.
- Grimes, William (December 23, 2021). "Joan Didion, 'New Journalist' Who Explored Culture and Chaos, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2021.