Alex Haley

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Birthday
11, 1921
Birthplace
Ithaca, NY
Death Date
Feb 10, 1992 (70)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
11, 1921
Birthplace
Ithaca, NY
Death Date
Feb 10, 1992 (70)

About

Author who received a Pulitzer Prize for Roots: The Saga of an American Family. He also received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his work on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 

Before Fame

He began studying at Alcorn State University in his mid-teens and later transferred to Elizabeth City State College. He left school to join the military and he served in the Coast Guard for twenty-one years, first as a mess attendant and later as a Petty Officer Third Class.

Trivia

He co-wrote Malcolm X's autobiography. 

Family Life

He was born in Ithaca, New York to Alabama A&M agriculture professor, Simon Haley. He was married three times: to Nannie Branch, Juliette Collins, and Myra Lewis. He had two daughters, Cynthia and Lydia, and a son, William.

Associated With

He once interviewed jazz musician Miles Davis for Playboy Magazine.