Michael Crichton died on November 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, after a long and very private battle against cancer. He is survived by his fifth wife, the actor Sherri Alexander, and his daughter by his fourth marriage. (obit.)
Michael Crichton (born October 23, 1942) was an American author, film producer, film director, and television producer. His books sold over 150 million copies world wide, and among his best-known works were techno-thriller novels, films and television programs. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily featured technology. Many of his futuristic history novels had medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background.
Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Henderson Crichton and Zula Miller Crichton, and raised in Roslyn, Long Island, New York. Crichton had two sisters, Kimberly and Catherine, and a younger brother, Douglas.
"Writing can be a frustrating and lonely job, and you might as well see if you really can tolerate the frustration, and the loneliness. Plenty of people think they can, but it turns out they can't."
"I tend to write books that grab me by the throat and force me to write them. I don't usually feel as if I have a choice, or much control of what comes out."
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