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DiedJuly 18, 1817, Winchester, United Kingdom
FactAnne Hathaway portrayed her in Becoming Jane (2007).

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in the village of Steventon in Hampshire, England. Her father, the Reverend George Austen, was the rector of the local parish and taught at the boys’ school. Her mother, Cassandra, was the daughter of a naval officer. Austen had six brothers and one sister, all of whom she outlived. Her closest relationship was with her elder sister, Cassandra.

Austen was educated at home by her father and later by a series of governesses. She began writing at an early age and completed her first novel, “Elinor and Marianne,” in 1795. However, it was not published until 1811, after the success of her second novel, “Sense and Sensibility.”

Austen’s career as a writer began in earnest with the publication of “Sense and Sensibility” in 1811. This was followed by “Pride and Prejudice” in 1813, “Mansfield Park” in 1814, and “Emma” in 1816. Austen’s novels were immediately popular, although she did not receive widespread critical acclaim until after her death.

Austen’s personal life is shrouded in mystery. She never married and there is no record of any serious romantic relationships. It is believed that she turned down at least two marriage proposals, one from a wealthy widower and one from a young clergyman.

Austen died on July 18, 1817, at the age of 41. The cause of death is unknown, but it is thought that she may have had Addison’s disease or cancer. Austen’s novels have enjoyed continued popularity and are considered among the finest examples of English literature.

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Full NameJane Austen
DiedJuly 18, 1817, Winchester, United Kingdom
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist


ParentsGeorge Austen, Cassandra Austen
SiblingsCassandra Austen, Henry Thomas Austen, Edward Austen, Francis Austen, Charles Austen, James Austen, George Austen


NominationsGoodreads Choice Awards Best Graphic Novels & Comics, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor
MoviesClueless, Love & Friendship, Pride & Prejudice, Becoming Jane, Sense and Sensibility, Bride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, From Prada to Nada, Pride and Prejudice, Aisha, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Jane Austen in Manhattan, Pride a...

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1It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
2One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
3[when asked why her heroines always flawed] Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked.
4[her last words, when asked by her sister Cassandra if there was anything she wanted] Nothing, but death.
5If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient--at others, so bewildered and so weak--and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are to be sure a miracle every way--but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting, do seem peculiarly past finding out.


1Her eight times great niece is actress Anna Chancellor.
2The film Clueless (1995) is based on her novel "Emma".
3Seventh generation aunt (through her brother Edward) of actress Anna Chancellor, who appeared in Jane's favored romance Pride and Prejudice (1995) mini-series and who also narrates the documentary The Real Jane Austen (2002).
4Anne Hathaway portrayed her in Becoming Jane (2007).
5Her brother Edward's descendant married the daughter of Louis Mountbatten (aka Lord Mountbatten; assassinated in 1979 by the IRA), who in turn was a descendant of Queen Victoria.
6Between 1900 and 1975, there were more than 60 radio, television and stage productions of Austen novels. The first film adaptation was of "Pride and Prejudice" in 1940, although there had been a television version two years previously.
7Her books have never been out of print since they were first published.
8In July of 2002 a first edition of "Pride and Prejudice" was auctioned and sold for £40,000, nearly doubling the previous record set for an Austen novel in 2001 of £23,500.
9The Prince Regent was such a fan of her work that he asked her to dedicate her next book to him, which she did.
10Was fluent in French.
11Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25, 1995/January 1, 1996 issue)




A Modern Persuasionwriter announced
An Excerpt from Jane Austen's Love & Friendship2016Short story
The Cate Morland Chronicles2016TV Series novel Northanger Abbey - 14 episodes
Love & Friendship2016based on her novella "Lady Susan"
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies2016Quirk Books novel
Northbound2015TV Series novel - 37 episodes
The Jane Games2014-2015TV Series 22 episodes
Austentatious2015TV Series novels - 9 episodes
Emma Approved2013-2014TV Series novel "Emma" - 69 episodes
Sense & Sensibility2014
Pride and Prejudice2014TV Mini-Series novel - 2014, uncredited
Death Comes to Pemberley2013TV Mini-Series characters - 3 episodes
Doctors2013TV Series inspired by the works of - 6 episodes
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies2013Short characters
Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball2013TV Movie documentary novel
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries2012TV Series novel "Pride and Prejudice" - 27 episodes
A Modern Pride and Prejudice2011novel
The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen2011TV Movie uncredited
Scents and Sensibility2011novel "Sense and Sensibility"
From Prada to Nada2011novel "Sense and Sensibility"
Aisha2010/Inovel "Emma"
Nesmrtelní2010TV Mini-Series book
Emma2009TV Mini-Series novel - 4 episodes
Lost in Austen2008TV Mini-Series novel - 4 episodes
Masterpiece Classic2008TV Series novel - 1 episode
Miss Austen Regrets2008TV Movie letters - uncredited
Sense & Sensibility2008TV Mini-Series novel - 3 episodes
Persuasion2007TV Movie novel
Northanger Abbey2007TV Movie novel
Mansfield Park2007TV Movie novel - uncredited
Becoming Jane2007letters
Ellie & Marianne2006novel "Sense & Sensibility"
Pride & Prejudice2005novel
Bride & Prejudice2004novel "Pride and Prejudice"
Pride and Prejudice2003novel
The Real Jane Austen2002TV Movie documentary letters
Kandukondain Kandukondain2000novel "Sense and Sensibility" - uncredited
Mansfield Park1999novel "Mansfield Park"
Wishbone1995-1998TV Series novel - 2 episodes
Emma1996TV Movie novel
Sense and Sensibility1995novel
Pride and Prejudice1995TV Mini-Series novel - 6 episodes
Screen Two1987-1995TV Series novel - 2 episodes
Ruby in Paradise1993loosely based on novel "Northanger Abbey"
American Playhouse1990TV Series novel - 1 episode
Mansfield Park1983TV Mini-Series novel - 6 episodes
Sense and SensibilityTV Mini-Series book - 6 episodes, 1981 novel - 1 episode, 1981
Jane Austen in Manhattan1980libretto Sir Charles Grandison / text Sir Charles Grandison, or The Happy Man
Pride and Prejudice1980TV Mini-Series novel - 5 episodes
Emma1972TV Mini-Series novel - 6 episodes
Novela1966-1972TV Series novel - 26 episodes
Persuasion1971TV Mini-Series novel - 5 episodes
Sense and Sensibility1971TV Series novel - 4 episodes
Pride and Prejudice1967TV Series novel - 6 episodes
De vier dochters Bennet1961-1962TV Mini-Series novel "Pride & Prejudice" - 6 episodes
Persuasion1960-1961TV Mini-Series novel - 4 episodes
Camera Three1960TV Series novel "Emma" - 1 episode
Emma1960TV Mini-Series novel - 6 episodes
Wagon Train1959TV Series 1 episode
Encounter1958TV Series novel - 1 episode
Pride and Prejudice1958TV Series novel - 6 episodes
Orgoglio e pregiudizio1957TV Mini-Series novel "Pride and Prejudice" - 5 episodes
Matinee TheatreTV Series story - 1 episode, 1957 novel - 1 episode, 1956
Kraft Theatre1954TV Series writer - 1 episode
How Does It End?1952TV Series novel - 1 episode
Pride and PrejudiceTV Mini-Series writer - 4 episodes, 1952 novel - 2 episodes, 1952
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949-1950TV Series novel - 2 episodes
Emma1948TV Movie novel
Pride and Prejudice1940novel
Pride and Prejudice1938TV Movie book


Pride & Prejudice & Zombies2013Short thanks
A Modern Pride and Prejudice2011in memory of


Won Awards

1996USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardSense and Sensibility (1995)

Nominated Awards

1997USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardEmma (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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