She was 87.
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Joan Didion
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Joan Didion had passed away at the age of 87. Her publisher, A.A. Knopf, confirmed the news today, the New York Times reports. She died in Manhattan due to complications from Parkinson's disease.

Didion's career started with feature articles in Life and The Saturday Evening Post, covering post-war American life, but she is most well-known for work covering musicians, such as Joan Baez and Janis Joplin, as well as her chronicles of life in California.

Throughout her long career, she published five novels, six screenplays, and multiple works of nonfiction. Her most famous works include her collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and the memoir she published after the death of her husband, writer and editor John Gregory Dunne, The Year of Magical Thinking. That work earned her the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

"Her talent was for writing about the mood of the culture," Katie Roiphe said in an interview, the Times adds. "She managed to channel the spirit of the 1960s and '70s through her own highly idiosyncratic and personal — that is, seemingly personal — writing. She was perfectly matched to the times, with her slightly paranoid, slightly hysterical, high-strung sensibility. It was a perfect conjunction of the writer with the moment."

"She was fearless, original and a marvelous observer," Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, said in 2009. "She was very skeptical of the conventional view and brilliant at finding the person or situation that was telling about the broader picture. She was a great reporter."