New Orleans Author Anne Rice Passes Away at Age 80
Anne Rice, New Orleans native and author of "Interview With a Vampire" has passed away.
Author Christopher Rice, son of Anne Rice, announced via social media overnight that "earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke."
Christopher Rice was reportedly at Anne's side when she passed away.
Anne Rice was 80 years old.
Rice's very first novel published in 1976 "Interview With a Vampire" rocketed her career to superstardom and began a wildly successful 13-book series centered around the vampire Lestat.
Thehollywoodreporter.com says that Rice's "nearly 40 novels published over a half-century sold some 135 million copies, placing her among the most popular fantasy writers of all time."
Paramount Pictures bought the movie rights to "Interview With a Vampire" before the book was even released according to wikipedia.com. Eventually Anne Rice's book was made into a movie in 1994 staring Tom Cruise as "Lestat de Lioncourt", and Brad Pitt as "Louis de Pointe du Lac". The movie, like the book, was a huge box office success raking in over $223,000,000.
Anne Rice Will Be Buried In New Orleans
Anne Rice will be buried in a private ceremony in New Orleans, with a public memorial planned next year according to Christopher Rice.
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