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ChileanBorn Isabel ALLENDE LLONA

Chilean writer

Born on August 02, 1942 in Lima, Peru (79 years)

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Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru, the daughter of Francisca Llona Barros and her husband, diplomat Tomás Allende; the Chilean ambassador to Peru. Her father Tomás Allende was a first cousin of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973; so Salvador is her first cousin once removed. It is important to note that while many sources also cite Allende as being Salvador Allende's niece (without specifying that the relationship is that Tomas and Salvador are cousins), the confusion stems from Allende herself often referring to Salvador as her "'uncle' in her private life and public interviews.", because in Spanish a "first cousin once removed" is literally translated as "uncle to the second degree".

In 1945, after Tomás's "disappearance," Isabel's mother relocated with their three children to Santiago, Chile, where they lived until 1953.


Between 1953 and 1958, Allende's mother married Ramón Huidobro and moved a lot. Huidobro was a diplomat appointed to Bolivia and Beirut. In Bolivia, Allende attended a North American private school; and in Beirut, Lebanon she attended an English private school. The family returned to Chile in 1958. Allende was also briefly home-schooled. The young Isabel also read widely, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. In 1970 Salvador Allende appointed Huidobro as ambassador to Argentina.

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