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Jeannette Walls
American writer and journalist

Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls
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Intro American writer and journalist
Is Writer Journalist
From United States of America
Field Journalism Literature
Gender female
Birth 21 April 1960, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Age 62 years
Star sign Taurus
Barnard College
Notable Works
The Glass Castle  
Half Broke Horses  
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Jeannette Walls (born April 21, 1960) is an American author and journalist widely known as former gossip columnist for MSNBC.com and author of The Glass Castle (2005), a memoir of the nomadic family life of her childhood, which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 421 weeks as of June 3, 2018. She is a 2006 recipient of the Alex Awards and Christopher Award.

Early life and education

Walls was born on April 21, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Rex Walls and Rose Mary Walls. Walls has two sisters, Lori and Maureen, and one brother, Brian. Walls' family life was rootless, with the family shuttling from Phoenix, Arizona; California (including a brief stay in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco); Battle Mountain, Nevada; and Welch, West Virginia, with periods of homelessness. When they finally landed in Rex's Appalachian hometown, Welch, West Virginia, the family lived in a three-room house without plumbing or heat, infested with snakes and rats.

Walls moved to New York at age 17 to join her sister Lori (at that point an artist for Archie Comics). Jeannette finished high school in the city, and with grants, loans, scholarships and a year spent answering phones at a Wall Street law firm.

She graduated from Barnard College in 1984 with honors.


Walls graduated from Barnard College in 1984 with honors.


Early in her career Walls interned at a Brooklyn newspaper called The Phoenix and eventually became a full-time reporter there. From 1987 to 1993 she wrote the "Intelligencer" column for New York magazine. She then wrote a gossip column for Esquire, from 1993 to 1998, then contributed regularly to the gossip column "Scoop" at MSNBC.com from 1998 until her departure to write full-time in 2007. Walls has contributed to USA Today, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Primetime, and The Colbert Report.

Her 2000 book, Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip, was a humorous history of the role gossip has played in U.S. media, politics and life.

In 2005, Walls published the best-selling memoir The Glass Castle, which details the joys and struggles of her childhood. It offers a look into her life and that of her dysfunctional family. The Glass Castle was well received by critics and the public. It has sold over 2.7 million copies and has been translated into 22 languages. It received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association's Alex Award (2006), and the Books for Better Living Award. Paramount bought the film rights to the book, and in March 2013 announced that actress Jennifer Lawrence would play Walls in the movie adaptation. On October 9, 2015, it was reported that Lawrence withdrew from the film and she would be replaced by actress Brie Larson.

In 2009, Walls published her first novel, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, based on the life of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith. It was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Walls' latest novel, The Silver Star, was published in 2013.

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Personal life

Walls married Eric Goldberg in 1988; they divorced in 1996. She married fellow New York writer John J. Taylor in 2002, and the couple now lives outside Culpeper, Virginia, on a 205-acre farm.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 15 Nov 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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