Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, 39; Daughter of Joan Didion, J.G. Dunne

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, 39, the daughter of writers Joan Didion and the late John Gregory Dunne, died Aug. 26 at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. She had been hospitalized since June with abdominal infections, according to her mother.

Michael, a photographer and photo editor, was born in Santa Monica and adopted at birth by Didion and Dunne. She graduated from Barnard College. She and her musician husband, Gerry Michael of Manhattan, had no children.

In December 2003, Dunne suffered a heart attack and died after he and his wife visited their daughter in the hospital, where she was in intensive care.


Her latest hospitalization began June 14.

Didion’s memoir about her husband’s death, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” is set for release Oct. 4 by Alfred A. Knopf.