The first baby boomer, she was born just after midnight in 1946.
She lived a pretty ordinary life until she was 40, when she was profiled by Money magazine and launched into fame.
Journalists have dubbed her the spokeswoman for her generation.
She married John Kirschling in 1966.
Her famous boomer birth has deemed her representative of the nation's most documented generation, while the famous birth of Louise Brown has been described as a feat in medicine and science.