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Name: Terry McMillan  
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Date of Birth: 18th October 1951
Place of Birth: Port Huron, Michigan, USA
Profession: Writer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan) is an African-American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was sixteen. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1979 from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.

Her first book, Mama, was self-promoted. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting To Exhale which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for many months. Forest Whitaker turned it into the film Waiting to Exhale in 1995.

Both Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were made into movies.

McMillan is currently seeking a divorce of her 7 year marriage to Jonathan Plummer, the much younger man she met while on vacation in Jamaica in 1998 after he revealed he was gay. He was also the basis for the book How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Marriage to Jonathan Plummer

Jonathan Plummer (born 1975) was the spouse of American author Terry McMillan. He was the basis of the character "Winston Shakespeare" in McMillan's best selling novel, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. (In the movie version the character was played by Taye Diggs). The two met at a resort in 1995. Plummer was 20 years old and a native of Jamaica, while McMillan was 43 years old, a single mother, and a best-selling author. The couple married two years later. In June, 2005, she filed for divorce after he announced he was homosexual. His orientation came to light after many calls to a male friend in Jamaica and many hits on gay personal websites and chat rooms. It is widely speculated that he only married her to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Partial bibliography

  • Mama (1987)
  • Disappearing Acts (1989)
  • Waiting to Exhale (1992)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1996)
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2001)
  • The Interruption of Everything (2004)

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