Anne Rice Biography

Anne Rice

An alcoholic mother made for a hellish childhood and losing her own daughter sent her into despair. She escaped into her own world and the Vampire Chronicles were born...

Anne Rice was born Howard Allen O'Brien, named after her father Howard, but on her first day of school, she told the nuns her name was Anne, and it has been Anne ever since.

Anne was the second of four daughters. Her mother Katherine died when Anne was fourteen. Shortly after, her father remarried and moved the family to Richardson, Texas.

At High School, Anne met Stan Rice. Although they went to different colleges, they married in October 1961 and moved to San Francisco together. Stan taught and wrote poetry, and Anne wrote 'Interview with the Vampire', a short story that would one day change her life forever. In September 1966, the couple had a baby girl, Michele.

Sadly, in 1970, Michele was diagnosed with leukaemia. She died two years later. The next few years were difficult, but Anne continued to write, expanding 'Interview with the Vampire' into a novel.

The novel was published in 1976 by Knopf, and Paramount paid Anne a large sum for the film rights. With this money the Rices were able to travel to Europe and Egypt. In 1977 they had a son, Christopher.

The family settled in New Orleans, which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. Her many horror stories are often about vampires, mummies and witches.

Her works have been a major influence on the Goth youth subculture, and she has published several works with sado-masochistic themes.

In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a film version of 'Interview with the Vampire', starring Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louis and Antonio Banderas as Armand.

Anne's own screenplay formed the basis of the film, with other novels following suit.

Portions of her novel's The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, the second and third titles in her Vampire Chronicles series were used for a 2002 film.

'Queen of the Damned' starred Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat who becomes a rock star and Aaliyah played Akasha.

In 2004, Elton John composed a musical called 'Lestat' but it only ran for 39 performances in 2006.

The author has now sold more than 80 million copies of the Vampire Chronicles, of which the last novel Blood Canticle was completed in 2003.

In 1998, Anne returned to the Catholic church and from 2002 she devoted her workings to God.

She suffered another grievance that year when her beloved husband Stan died four and a half months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Since then, Anne has left New Orleans and moved to California to be closer to her son Christopher.

She continues to write religious texts and spiritual memoirs.

On 13 May this year, the author wrote on her Facebook page: "Good news, good for me, and good for my beloved Lestat.

"I hope soon I can say something more coherent and informative, but for now, I'm celebrating."

This has led fans to believe there will be another adaption of the novel The Vampire Lestat.

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