Born In: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Anne Rice was an American author known for horror, gothic fiction and erotic novels. Originally named Howard Allen by her bohemian mother, she adopted the name ‘Anne’ when she started attending school. The daughter of an alcoholic mother, her early life was fraught with difficulties. Growing up in poverty, she did not even have enough money to complete her college education; she found herself a job in order to pay for her night classes. She married early and became a mother, but once again tragedy struck and she lost her child to an illness. The distraught mother sought solace in writing and published her first novel, ‘Interview with the Vampire’. The book became a bestseller, giving her the much needed motivation to move on with life. Plunging into a full-fledged writing, she published two historical novels, ‘The Feast of All Saints’ and ‘Cry to Heaven’, but none of these could match the success of her debut novel. She began to write erotic novels under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure and published ‘The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy’. The trilogy with its explicit sexual content became a huge commercial success, even surpassing the popularity of her first novel. Many of her novels have been adapted into movies and comic books.
Also Known As: Howard Allen Frances O'Brien
Spouse/Ex-: Stan Rice
father: Howard O'Brien
mother: Katherine Allen O'Brien
children: Michele Rice (1966–1972) Christopher Rice
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Irish American
U.S. State: Louisiana
City: New Orleans, Louisiana
education: University Of North Texas, San Francisco State University
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Her last series was ‘The Wolf Gift Chronicles’. The first novel, ‘The Wolf Gift,’ of the series was published in 2012, while the second one, ‘The Wolves of Midwinter,’ came out in 2013.
Anne Rice was most famous for her series ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ which was a set of novels based on the life of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Many of the novels became bestsellers, and ‘Interview with the Vampire’ (1976) was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Her erotic series ‘The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy’, written under the pseudonym A.N.Roquelaure, consisting of three novels published between 1983 and 1985 explicitly described the sexual adventures of the characters. This series was a very big commercial success.
Anne Rice was married to poet Stan Rice from 1961 till his death in 2002. The couple had two children. Their daughter Michelle died of leukemia as a small child, while their son, Christopher, is a popular novelist.
Anne Rice died on December 11, 2021, of complications from a heart stroke. The news of her death was announced by her son, Christopher Rice, through social media. She was 80 years old.
She was a strong supporter of the LGBT community.
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