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List of famous female memoirists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female memoirists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being memoirists. There are thousand of females working as memoirists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic memoirists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a memoirist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list includes Diablo Cody, Christa Schröder and more.

While this isn't a list of all female memoirists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female memoirists?" and "Who are the best female memoirists?"
Diablo Cody is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Memoirists
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Brook Busey-Maurio (born June 14, 1978), better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American writer and producer. She first became known for her candid memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (2005), and the blog that preceded it. Later, Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut feature film script, Juno (2007), winning awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. She is also known for creating, writing, and producing Showtime's television series United States of Tara ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 40

Birthplace: Lemont, Illinois, United States of America

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Joan Didion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Memoirists
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Joan Didion (; born December 5, 1934) is an American essayist known for conveying her moral sensibility through a highly accomplished use of syntax. In the late Sixties, Didion's reportage brought Californian subcultures to wider attention. Her political writing often concentrated on the subtext of rhetoric. In 1991 she wrote the earliest mainstream media article to suggest the Central Park Five had been wrongfully convicted. In 2005, she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography for The Year of Magical Thinking. She later adapted the book into a play, which premiered on ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 84

Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States of America

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Patricia Hampl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Memoirists
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Patricia Hampl (born March 12, 1946) is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and is one of the founding members of the Loft Literary Center. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Mary Karr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Memoirists
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Mary Karr (born January 16, 1955) is an American poet, essayist and memoirist from East Texas. She rose to fame in 1995 with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Groves, Texas

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