By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Author and screenwriter Joan Didion has died at 87, Variety reported Thursday.

She died from complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

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Joan Didion attends The American Theatre Wing’s 2012 Annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel on September 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Didion was a leading figure in the “New Journalism” movement in the 1960’s, a technique centered around the telling of news using narrative storytelling and literary technique.

She was well-known for her essays and novels including “Play It as It Lays,” and her screenplays she co-wrote with her late husband John Gregory Dunne.

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Together, the two wrote screenplays for the films “True Confessions,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Panic in Needle Park” and “Up Close and Personal,” Variety said.

She is also well-known for her Pulitzer Prize Award nominated biography/autobiography “The Year of Magical Thinking,” a work that won the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The work would later be translated into a Broadway play in 2007.

Didion, a native of Sacramento, earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley.

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According to Variety, Didion’s nephew, director and actor Griffin Dunne, released a Netflix documentary about his aunt in 2017, titled “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.”