from novella "La Triste e Increible Historia de la Candida Erendira y Su Abuela Desalmanda"(("Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother" in novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude") and short story "Death Constant Beyond Love")
Maternal grandfather; war veteran; achieved rank of colonel; helped find town of Aracataca
Met when she was 13 years old; He proposed to her while still a college student; became engaged 1953; Married March 27, 1958
In 1982, García Márquez became the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.
He was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999.
Taught screenplay workships at the Film Institute of Havana.
His 1994 novel, Of Love and Other Demons, was adapted as an opera in 2008.
His death was erroneously reported to the Peruvian press in 2000 shortly before his alleged final poem was published. The work was later attributed to a Mexican ventriloquist.
More than a dozen films have been made from his novels, including Mike Newell's "Love in the Time of Cholera" (2007), "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1987), and the short film "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" (1988), for which Garcia Marquez wrote the script.
His 2002, Memories of Melancholy Whores, was banned in Iran after selling 5,000 copies.
Garcia Marquez was continually refused entry into the United States until the visa ban was lifted by President Bill Clinton in 1995.