Dame Agatha Christie Biography (1890-1976)

agathachristie, born on September 15, 1890 in Torquay, Devon, SE England, UK. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was the youngest of the three children. Under the surname of her first husband (Colonel Archibald Christie, divorced 1928), she wrote more than 70 detective novels, featuring the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, or the enquiring village lady, Miss Marple. Though she also wrote romance novels (under the name Mary Westmacott), Christie’s success as an author of  mysteries has earned her the the title the ‘Queen of Crime’. In 1930 she married archaeology professor Max Mallowan, with whom she travelled on several expeditions. Her play The Mousetrap opened in 1952 at the Ambassador Theatre, and holds the record for the longest unbroken run in a London theatre. Several of her stories have become popular films, such as Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Death on the Nile (1978). She was made a dame in 1971. In 1974, Agatha Christie made her last public appearance for the opening night of her play Murder on the Orient Express. She died on January 12, 1976.

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