Terry McMillan

Screenwriter, Novelist, Producer
An American novelist whose works have been among the first to explore the loves and emotions of African American women through a style which might be described as popular fiction rather than literary, Terry McMillan saw ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1951 in Port Huron, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Intimate Portrait: Terry McMillan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Prime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Garth Brooks, Too! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Influences: George Jones and Randy Travis 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (5)

A Day Late and a Dollar Short 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Source Material

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

("How Stella Got Her Groove Back") (Source Material (from novel))

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

("Waiting To Exhale") (Source Material (from novel))

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

An American novelist whose works have been among the first to explore the loves and emotions of African American women through a style which might be described as popular fiction rather than literary, Terry McMillan saw her 1992 best-seller "Waiting to Exhale", about four women in Phoenix, Arizona, sell more than three million copies worldwide. It was also the basis for a hit movie, for which she co-wrote the screenplay (with Oscar-winner Ron Bass).

Relationships

Edward McMillan

Father
died in 1967 divorced from McMillan's mother in 1964 McMillan has described him as abusive and alcoholic died in 1967

Jonathan Plummer

Husband
born c. 1975 met at a Jamaican resort in 1995 was the inspiration for the character 'Winston' in McMillan's best-selling novel, How Stella Got Her Groove Back married September 5, 1998 filed for divorce in June 2005, after learning he was gay divorced

Madeline Tillman

Mother
divorced from McMillan's father in 1964 was model for McMillan's first novel "Mama" died in 1993

Leonard Welch

Companion
together in the 1980s became a cocaine dealer after he lost his regular job

Solomon Welch

Son
born in 1984 father, Leonard Welch

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California
met Ishmael Reed who eventually published her short story "The End"

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California
transferred to Berkeley

Columbia University

New York , New York
dropped out of screenwriting program

Milestones

1998

With Ron Bass, executive produced and co-scripted film adaptation of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

1996

Published "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

1995

With Ron Bass, co-wrote screenplay for film version of "Waiting to Exhale"; also executive produced and provided art work from her collection

1992

Novel "Waiting to Exhale" published; skyrocketed to top of bestseller lists

1989

Published first bestseller, "Disappearing Acts"

1989

Was associate professor of English at the University of Arizona

1988

Taught at University of Wyoming, Laramie

1987

Published first novel, "Mama"

1983

Did commentary for documentary "I Be Done Been Was Is"

1968

At age 17, moved to L.A.; worked as secretary

Stopped drinking and using drugs in the 1980s

Began abusing drugs and alcohol; was romantically involved with Leonard Welch, who became a cocaine dealer after he lost his regular job

Welch filed a lawsuit against McMillan charging defamation stemming from a character in her novel "Disappearing Acts" that he claimed was based on him; suit was settled in McMillan's favor in 1992

After graduating from Berkeley, moved to NYC to study at Columbia

First job, shelving books in a library

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Trumpet Award in 1994.

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