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Agatha Christie died at 85 years old
Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England
Best known as: Author of Murder on the Orient Express

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Agatha Christie Biography

Name at birth: Agatha May Clarissa Miller

Agatha Christie was the world’s most popular mystery author during a long career that stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. She has sold more than two billion books worldwide.

While other popular mystery authors like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett came and went, Agatha Christie spent decades turning out gentle stories of murder and detection in polite society, sometimes publishing two or three books in a year. Her two most popular detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, were featured in 30 and 12 novels, respectively. Dozens of Christie’s stories became movies, most notably the star-studded 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express.

Agatha Christie was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971 for her contributions to British literature and culture.

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Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap has been running continuously in London’s theater district since its premiere on November 25, 1952. It is now regarded as history’s longest-running play.


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