Amy Tan

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
Asian-American novelist turned screenwriter/producer with her first novel "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Tan began writing professionally in 1983 as a freelance business writer for IBM, AT&T and Apple Computers. In 1989 ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1952 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

The Simpsons 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Maxine Hong Kingston: Talking Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

From Story

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

("The Joy Luck Club") (Book as Source Material)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Asian-American novelist turned screenwriter/producer with her first novel "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Tan began writing professionally in 1983 as a freelance business writer for IBM, AT&T and Apple Computers. In 1989 Tan published her first novel, "The Joy Luck Club," a rich, poignant story detailing the lives of Chinese women and their American-born daughters. The novel quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation before the publishers realized they had a potential major bestseller. With a little marketing push, the novel went on to garner near universal acclaim and sell over two million copies. A mainstay of "The New York Times" bestseller list for 75 weeks, "The Joy Luck Club" was published in 23 languages.

Tan's second novel "The Kitchen God's Wife" (published in 1991), told the story of an American-born daughter and her immigrant Chinese mother and the secrets that comprised their lives. This novel was another runaway success and also became the number one bestseller on the "Times" list. The next year, Tan wrote (in conjunction with illustrator Gretchen Schields) a children's book, "The Moon Lady". She made her screenwriting and producing debut with the film adaptation of "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Directed by Wayne Wang (best known for "Chan Is Missing", 1982), the Disney-produced feature revealed an ethnically specific but universal story rarely shown before in the nation's multiplexes. The film opened to glowing reviews and healthy box-office returns.

Relationships

Louis DeMattei

Husband
Italian-American married c. 1974

John Tan

Father
died in January 1968 of a brain tumor

Daisy Tan

Mother
born in China c. 1915 died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on November 22, 1999 at age 83

John Tan

Brother
younger

Peter Tan

Brother
eldest brother died of a brain tumor, July 1967 at age 16

EDUCATION

Completed high school in Montreux, Switzerland

San Jose State University

San Jose , California

San Jose State University

San Jose , California

San Jose State University

San Jose , California

Milestones

2011

Returned to novels with Rules for Virgins

2007

Featured in documentary "Hollywood Chinese"

2003

Published non-fiction book The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

2001

Second children's book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994) adapted into PBS animated series

1996

Third novel The Hundred Secret Senses (1995) shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction

1996

Co-wrote non-fiction book Mother with Maya Angelou and Mary Higgins Clark

1993

Made screenwriting and producing debut with Wayne Wang directed adaptation "The Joy Luck Club"; made cameo as house party guest

1992

Wrote first children's book The Moon Lady

1991

Wrote second novel The Kitchen God's Wife

1989

Published debut novel, New York Times bestseller The Joy Luck Club

1983

Worked as a freelance business writter for IBM, AT&T, and Apple Computers

Raised in Oakland, CA

Moved to Switzerland at age 16

Worked as a language development consultant for disabled children

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