Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez came to prominence in 1968 with the publication of his groundbreaking magic realism novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1968). Following studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, he wrote short stories and screenplays, many of which were made into films in the early '50s and were known only to Latin American audiences. During the 1980s, he adapted some of his stories into feature films that became distinguished internationally, including A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (1988). García Márquez appeared in two U.S. films during 1986, both Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas and The Paper Curtain, which was broadcast on television. In 1999, García Márquez was diagnosed with cancer and his writing significantly slowed. He released the first volume of his autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale, in 2002. García Márquez died on April 17, 2014 at the age of 87.