Terry McMillan at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival
|Born||October 18, 1951|
Port Huron, Michigan
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Notable works|| A Day Late and a Dollar Short |
The Interruption of Everything
Getting to Happy
(m. 1998;div. 2005)
Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951) is an American novelist. Her work is characterized by female protagonists.
McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan. She received a B.A. in journalism in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley. She also attended the Master of Fine Arts program in film at Columbia University.
McMillan's first book, Mama, was published in 1987.Unsatisfied with her publisher's limited promotion of Mama, McMillian promoted her own debut novel by writing thousands of booksellers, particularly African-American bookstores, and the book soon sold out of its initial first hardcover printing of 5,000 copies. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale . The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months and by 1995 it had sold over three million copies. The novel contributed to a shift in Black popular cultural consciousness and the visibility of a female Black middle-class identity in popular culture. McMillan was credited with having introduced the interior world of Black women professionals in their thirties who are successful, alone, available, and unhappy. In 1995, the novel was adapted into a film of the same title, directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon.
In 1998, another of McMillan's novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back , was adapted into a film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs. McMillan's novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. In 2014, Lifetime brought McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short to television audiences, starring Whoopi Goldberg and an ensemble cast featuring Ving Rhames, Tichina Arnold, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, and Kimberly Elise. McMillan also wrote The Interruption of Everything and Getting to Happy , the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.
McMillan married Jonathan Plummer in 1998, who came out as gay during their marriage. In March 2005, she filed for divorce.
On July 13, 2012, she sold her 7,000-square home in Danville, California, before moving to Los, Angeles, California.
McMillan has one child, a son, Solomon.
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