King, Stephen

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Name
King, Stephen Gender: M
Stephen Edwin King
born on 21 September 1947 at 01:30 (= 01:30 AM )
Place Portland, Maine, 43n40, 70w15
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 27°24' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°15 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 29°52'



Stephen King
photo: "Pinguino", license cc-by-2.0

Biography

American prolific writer and screenwriter. A former English teacher, he accomplished the feat of writing more than 40 successful horror novels by 1999 with the first, "Carrie," published in 1974. Movies were made of 26 of his books; he wrote the screenplays for five and did bit parts in three. King's last two years' income has been $22 million and his entire product grosses more than $100 million per year. His books have sold over 100 million copies in 33 languages.

His mom Nellie gave him a love of reading and encouraged him to use his imagination. An older brother, David was adopted two years before his birth, after his mother had been told she could not bear children. His dad, a merchant seaman, abandoned the family when he was still a youngster. King describes himself as a nerd who started his career on a high school paper called "The Village Vomit." His short stories sold for $35 each while he worked at a laundry making $60 per week. He was later hired to teach high school English. Just as his phone was disconnected for non-payment, he received a $2,500. advance on his first book in 1973, "Carrie," which later sold in paperback right for $400,000. In 1989, Viking signed him to a four-book contract for $38 million. King purchased WZON, a radio station in Bangor, and programmed it to run commercial-free. All of his 40 published books are still in print and is believed to have sold over 230 million copies.

He also wrote under the name Richard Bachman; when exposed he said that Bachman had died from cancer of the pseudonym. King works each morning producing ten pages on his computer.

He is a big man of 6'4"and 205 lbs; married to Tabitha in 1971 with three children, now grown. Tabitha worked at Dunkin' Donuts in the early years of their marriage to help support the family. They reside in one of two homes on a lake in Bangor, Maine.

While out walking on 6/19/1999 near Lake Kezar, ME., he was struck by a van and seriously injured. First taken to a hospital in Bridgton, he was then flown to a trauma center at Central Maine Medical Center. No charges have been filed against the driver of the van; he was not speeding and just lost control while trying to subdue a loose dog inside his van. King was operated on three times over five days to stabilize a collapsed lung and multiple fractures to his right leg and hip. He had a long period of recovery from devastating injuries that left him on crutches, losing 100 lbs. In a strange twist of fate, Bryan Smith, the man whose van had hit King, was found dead of no known cause on 9/22/2000 in his mobile home.

On 6/20/2000, his daughter Naomi, 30, and her former teacher, Thandeka, 53, had a formal exchange of commitment vows in Nashville, TN. They met two years before at the Meadville/Lombard Theology school in Chicago where Thandeka (whose African name means "one who is loved by God") was teaching.

In 2000, "The Green Mile" became the 48th movie from King's work.

In early 2001, horror writer Stephen King sued his insurance company for $10 million, claiming that Commercial Union York Insurance Co. failed to provide full coverage for injuries he suffered when a van hit him in western Maine two years ago, reports Reuters. The suit was filed last week in Penobscot County Superior Court, Maine. King and his wife, Tabitha, are seeking the umbrella policy's $10 million limit, plus interest of 1.5% per month, said their lawyer, Warren M. Silver, who pointed out that the figure falls well below that of King's physical and financial damages, which are estimated to be between $65 million and $75 million.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Relationship : Marriage 1971 (Tabitha)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1974 (First novel "Carrie" published)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1989 (Signed a four book contract for millions)
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 19 June 1999 at 04:30 AM in North Lovell, MN (Struck by van and seriously injured)
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  • Health : Change in Appearance July 1999 (Lost 100 lbs.)
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  • Other Family 20 June 2000 (Daughter had same-sex wedding)
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  • Crime : Law suit February 2001 (Sued insurance company for $10 million)
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Source Notes

D. Jo and M.J. Wagner quote him in Mercury Hour 1/1981. Carole Hemingway met King at a book signing when she first arrived in Maine in 1994. "I asked him his date of birth and said that I felt he had to be a 'midnight baby;' he smiled and said, "About 90 minutes later," so bingo, I'd say that 1:30 AM is pretty accurate."

(Steinbrecher quotes AA 9/1994 for 12:35 PM "from a friend.")

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance unattractive (Strange look, long upper lip, mouth a gash)
  • Traits : Body : Size (Height of 6' 4")
  • Traits : Body : Weight (Over 200 lbs.)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Struck by van, serious injuries)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Collapsed lung, leg injuries from accident)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1971)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, lasting)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Homosexual (Daughter had a same-sex marriage)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Great wealth)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Writes under several names)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Radio station)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenplays)
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror (40 books plus)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Imagination (Gripping, imaginative writer)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Most outstanding horror writer)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (One of world's best-selling novelists)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection

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