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Colleen McCullough, author of 'The Thorn Birds,' dies at 77
Colleen McCullough, author of 'The Thorn Birds,' dies at 77

Colleen McCullough, author of the bestselling novel "The Thorn Birds," died Thursday at age 77. She had suffered from ill health in recent years and died in a hospital on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Although she wrote more than two dozen books, she was best known for "The Thorn Birds," a novel of a tragic romance. Published in 1977, it became an international sensation, selling more than 30 million copies. It was adapted into a television miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward that won six Emmys. McCullough was born in Australia and studied neurophysiology. She was working as a research associate in Yale University's neurology department...

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