Alice Walker

Alice Walker is one of America's most celebrated writers of literary fiction, but it is for her novel The Color Purple (1982) that she remains best known. Walker's third novel won a Pulitzer Prize and a National ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

In Prison My Whole Life 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Billie Holiday: Sensational Lady 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Fidel 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tell About the South 1996 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Warrior Marks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Place of Rage 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Storytellers: The PEN Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

KPFA on the Air (TV Show)

Narrator
Writer (2)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

("The Color Purple") (Source Material (from novel))

Diary of an African Nun 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (2)

Warrior Marks 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Warrior Marks 1992 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)
Other (1)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

project consultant (Consultant)

Biography

Alice Walker is one of America's most celebrated writers of literary fiction, but it is for her novel The Color Purple (1982) that she remains best known. Walker's third novel won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and was made into a successful film of the same name by Steven Spielberg in 1985. Since then, Walker has written a number of novels, essays and books of poetry, and is also a highly-regarded activist and speaker.

Relationships

Minnie

Mother

Robert Allen

Companion

Tracy Chapman Actor

Ex-Companion

Melvyn Leventhal

Ex-Husband

Willie Walker

Father

EDUCATION

Spelman College

Atlanta , Georgia 1961

Sarah Lawrence College

Yonkers , New York 1965

Milestones

2013

Documentary on Walker's life, "Beauty in Truth," is released

2011

Published The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir

2005

"The Color Purple" debuted as hit Broadway musical produced by Scott Sanders, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey

2003

With director Bruce Schwartz, co-wrote short story adaptation "Everyday Use"

1993

Made feature producing debut with documentary "Warrior Marks"

1989

Wrote story for short film "Behind God's Back"

1985

Steven Spielberg directed critically acclaimed feature adaptation "The Color Purple," starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover

1983

Coined term "womanism" in debut non-fiction book In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

1982

Wrote breakthrough novel The Color Purple; received 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award for Fiction

1976

Second novel Meridian released

1973

Short story "Everyday Use" included in collection of writings "In Love and Trouble"

1969

Published debut novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Joined Ms. magazine as an editor

Met Martin Luther King Jr. while attending Spelman College in early 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Is blind in one eye after being shot by her brother with a pellet gun as a child.

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She and Melvyn Roseman Leventhal were the first interracial couple in Mississippi to be legally married.

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