Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951) is an American author. Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists.
McMillan's first book, Mama, was published in 1987. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months. In 1995, Forest Whitaker turned it into a film starring Whitney Houston. In 1998, another of McMillan's novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was made into a movie. McMillan's novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan. She also wrote A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, and Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.
McMillan received a B.A. in journalism in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley. She dropped out of the Master's of Fine Arts Program (film) at Columbia University...
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