Anne Rice (Born: 4 October 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States - Died: 11 December 2021, Rancho Mirage, California, United States) was an American author of gothic fiction, erotic literature, and Christian literature. She was best known for her series of novels "The Vampire Chronicles", which were the subject of two film adaptations- "Interview with the Vampire (1994)", which became a hit movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt and "Queen of the Damned (2002)". She was raised in an observant Catholic family but became an agnostic as a young adult. She began her professional career with the publication of "Interview with the Vampire (1976)", and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. "The Vampire Chronicles", is a 13 book series of novels and a media franchise that revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who turned into a vampire in the 18th century.

Rice's books have sold over 100 million copies, making her one of the best-selling authors of modern times. In addition to her vampire novels, Rice authored books such as "The Feast of All Saints (adopted for television in 2001)", and "Servant of the Bones", which formed the basis of a 2011 comic book miniseries. Rice also authored erotic fiction under the pen names Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, including "Exit to Eden", was later adapted into a 1994 film.

Rice died from complications of a stroke on December 11, 2021, at the age of 80.

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