Laura Hillenbrand

A constant fixture at the top of iThe New York Times/i bestseller list, acclaimed author Laura Hillenbrand has built a career on writing about real-life sporting figures who have pushed the boundaries of physical ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1967 in Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Writer (3)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(from book: "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption") (Source Material)

Seabiscuit 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Source Material

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(from novel:"Seabiscuit: An American Legend") (Source Material)
Actor (1)

Seabiscuit 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Seabiscuit 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Biography

A constant fixture at the top of <i>The New York Times</i> bestseller list, acclaimed author Laura Hillenbrand has built a career on writing about real-life sporting figures who have pushed the boundaries of physical endurance, all the while suffering from a debilitating disorder which has left her housebound since her late teens. Forced to drop out of college after she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hillenbrand spent the next decade writing essays for various equine publications and first came to national attention in 2001 with <i>Seabiscuit: An American Legend</i>, a biography of the 1930s champion thoroughbred racehorse, which two years later was adapted into a seven-time Oscar-nominated feature film. Following an award-winning essay in which she recalled her early battle with her illness in 2004, Hillenbrand then chose to tackle the life of another unsung hero with 2010's <i>Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience & Redemption</i>, an account of Olympic runner-turned-Japanese war prisoner Louis Zamperini, which again found its way onto the big-screen thanks to director Angelina Jolie.

Milestones

2010

Publishes second book, <i>Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience & Redemption</i>.

2001

Publishes first book, <i>Seabiscuit: An American Legend</i>.

Bonus Trivia

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Hillenbrand and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to needy children through American troops.

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