James Ellroy

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Birthday
4, 1948
Birthplace
California
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Birthday
4, 1948 (age 70)
Birthplace
California

About

An American crime fiction writer, he is best known for works such as The Black Dahlia (1987) and White Jazz (1992). His densely-plotted works are marked by an economy of language and an inherent pessimism.

Before Fame

He briefly served in the U.S. Army and had periods of homelessness before publishing his first novel, Brown's Requiem, in 1981. He suffered from depression in his young adulthood.

Trivia

His popular Underworld USA Trilogy includes American Tabloid, The Cold Six-Thousand, and Blood's a Rover.

Family Life

His memoir, My Dark Places, deals with his mother's 1958 murder and the subsequent police investigation into her death. He was married twice; his second wife, Helen Knode, was also a novelist.

Associated With

He co-wrote the screenplay for Rampart, a film starring Woody Harrelson.

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