|Anne Rice Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||October 4, 1941|
|Date of Death||December 11, 2021|
Anne Rice was an American author whose books have sold more than 150 million copies, making her one of the best-selling authors of all time. She was best known for The Vampire Chronicles series of novels, books from which have been adapted into the feature films Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Queen of the Damned (2002).
Howard Allen Frances O’Brien
Anne Rice, Anne Rampling, A. N. Roquelaure
Anne was born on October 4, 1941.
Anne Rice passed away at the age of 80 on December 11, 2021, due to complications from a stroke in Rancho Mirage, California, United States.
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
Anne had attended the St. Alphonsus School, a private Catholic institution in New Orleans; and the St. Joseph Academy, an all-girls private high school in New Orleans. She had later studied at the Richardson High School, a magnet school in Richardson, Texas.
After her high school graduation in 1959, she had joined the Texas Woman’s University (TWU), a public co-educational university in Denton, Texas. After completing her freshman year there, she had taken a transfer to the North Texas State College (now known as the University of North Texas (UNT)), a public research university in Denton, Texas. She had dropped out of university after running out of money and failing to find employment.
Anne later started taking night courses at the University of San Francisco (USF), an all-male private Jesuit university that used to allow women to take night courses. She had then joined the San Francisco State University, a public university in San Francisco, California, from where she had earned a B.A. degree in political science in 1964. She had returned to the institution in 1970 and had graduated in 1972 with an M.A. degree.
- Father – Howard O’Brien (Postal Executive, Author, Naval Veteran of World War II)
- Mother – Katherine ‘Kay’ O’Brien (née Allen) (d. 1956)
- Siblings – Alice Borchardt (née Allen O’Brien) (Older Sister) (Writer, Former Vocational Nurse) (d. July 24, 2007), Tamara Tinker (née Allen O’Brien) (Younger Sister), Karen O’Brien (Younger Sister)
- Others – Allen Daviau (Cinematographer) (Cousin) (d. April 15, 2020), Margaret Rice (Mother-in-Law), Larry Rice (Brother-in-Law), Nancy Rice (Sister-in-Law), Cynthia Rice (Sister-in-Law), Clifford Borchardt (Brother-in-Law), Daniel Tinker (Nephew), Michael John Joseph Samual O’Brien (Paternal Grandfather), Bertha Agnes Curry (Paternal Grandmother), Richard Allen (Maternal Grandfather), Alice O’Connell (Maternal Grandmother) (d. 1949), Dorothy Van Bever (Step-Mother)
Gothic Fiction, Horror, Er*tic Literature, Christian Novel, Fantasy
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Anne had dated –
- Stan Rice (1958–2002) – Anne had met future poet, painter, and artist Stan Rice in a high-school journalism class in Richardson, Texas, in 1958, and they began dating soon after. They got married in Denton, Texas, on October 14, 1961. They had also briefly attended the North Texas State University together, before moving to San Francisco in 1962, to join the San Francisco State University, from where they both had later earned their M.A. degrees. Their first child, a daughter named Michele Rice (b. September 21, 1966) (d. August 5, 1972), died at age 6 due to leukemia. They also had a son named Christopher Travis Rice (b. March 11, 1978) (Author). Anne and Stan were together until his death due to brain cancer on December 9, 2002, in New Orleans.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of Irish and 1/8th German descent.
- Petite frame
- Neck-length, frizzy hair
- Affable smile
Anne Rice Facts
- Born and raised in New Orleans, Anne had spent her later teenage years in Richardson, Texas, before moving to San Francisco and eventually settling down in Southern California.
- She had revealed in an interview that her mother had named her Howard because she felt that it was an interesting idea to give her daughter a boy’s first name. She later came to be known as Anne from the very first day of her school life when a nun had asked her name and she had replied with ‘Anne’ as she considered it a pretty name.
- It was legally changed in 1947 and was confirmed in the Catholic Church when she was 12 years old. She later took the full name Howard Allen Frances Alphonsus Liguori O’Brien, adding the names of a saint and of an aunt, who was a nun.
- She was raised in an observant Irish Catholic family but had become agnostic as a young adult. In the mid-2000s, after the death of her husband, she had made a publicized return to Catholicism but a few years later, she had distanced herself from organized Christianity, declaring herself to be a ‘secular humanist’.
- After the death of her daughter Michele in 1972, at the age of 6, her husband Stan had encouraged her to quit her work as a waitress, cook, and theater usher to devote herself full-time to writing. The couple had later encouraged their son, Christopher, to become an author as well.
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