Kathryn Tucker Windham

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Birthday
2, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Jun 12, 2011 (93)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
2, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Jun 12, 2011 (93)

About

Southern author who became famous for several books of ghost stories, including the 1969 collection, "13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey." She also became known as a storyteller, performing both for live audiences and on Alabama Public Radio.

Before Fame

Her childhood experiences inspired her to write the book, Alabama: One Big Front Porch. She graduated from Huntingdon College in 1939 and subsequently became a reporter for both The Birmingham News and The Alabama Journal.

Trivia

She was the subject of a 2004 documentary film called Kathryn: The Story of a Teller.

Family Life

She was born in Selma, Alabama, and she grew up in nearby Thomasville. Her cousin owned a newspaper called The Thomasville Times for which she began writing when she was just twelve years old.

Associated With

Harper Lee, the famed author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was another gifted Alabama storyteller.