Colleen McCullough
Colleen McCullough

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Name: Colleen McCullough
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Female
Birth Day: June 1, 1937
Age: 83
Country: Australia
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough was born on June 1, 1937 in Australia (83 years old). Colleen McCullough is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Gemini. Find out Colleen McCulloughnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


She taught in the Department of Neurology at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut from 1967 to 1976.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$8 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

She was born in Wellington, New South Wales and originally studied to become a medical doctor at the University of Sydney.

Biography Timeline


McCullough was born in 1937 in Wellington, in the Central West region of New South Wales, to James and Laurie McCullough. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was a New Zealander of part-Māori descent. During her childhood, the family moved around a great deal and she was also "a voracious reader".


In 1963, McCullough moved for four years to the United Kingdom; at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London she met the chairman of the neurology department at Yale University who offered her a research associate job at Yale. She spent 10 years (April 1967 to 1976) researching and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. While at Yale she wrote her first two books. One of these, The Thorn Birds, became an international bestseller and one of the best selling books in history, with sales of over 30 million copies worldwide, that in 1983 inspired one of the most-watched television miniseries of all time.


In 1978, she received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. In 1984, a portrait of McCullough, painted by Wesley Walters, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. The prize is awarded for the "best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics". The depth of historical research for the novels on ancient Rome led to her being awarded a Doctor of Letters degree by Macquarie University in 1993.


The success of these books enabled her to give up her medical-scientific career and to try to "live on [her] own terms." In the late 1970s, after stints in London and Connecticut, she settled on the isolation of Norfolk Island, off the coast of mainland Australia, where she met her husband, Ric Robinson. They married in April 1984. Under his birth name Cedric Newton Ion-Robinson, he was a member of the Norfolk Legislative Assembly. He changed his name formally to Ric Newton Ion Robinson in 2002.


In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in November 2004 to promote Angel Puss, McCullough said the men of Pitcairn Island that were convicted of sexual encounters with children should have been allowed to follow their "custom" and have sex with young girls.


She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia on 12 June 2006, "[f]or service to the arts as an author and to the community through roles supporting national and international educational programs, medico-scientific disciplines and charitable organisations and causes".


McCullough's 2008 novel, The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet engendered controversy with her reworking of characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Susannah Fullerton, the president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, said she "shuddered" while reading the novel, as she felt that Elizabeth Bennet was rewritten as weak, and Mr. Darcy as savage. Fullerton said: "[Elizabeth] is one of the strongest, liveliest heroines in literature … [and] Darcy's generosity of spirit and nobility of character make her fall in love with him – why should those essential traits in both of them change in 20 years?"


McCullough died on 29 January 2015, at the age of 77, in the Norfolk Island Hospital from apparent renal failure after suffering from a series of small strokes. She had suffered from failing eyesight due to haemorrhagic macular degeneration, osteoporosis, trigeminal neuralgia, diabetes and uterine cancer, and was confined to a wheelchair.

Family Life

Colleen married Ric Robinson in 1983. Colleen's younger brother Carl, who drowned at age 25, was the inspiration for a character in The Thorn Birds.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Colleen McCullough is 84 years, 11 months and 22 days old. Colleen McCullough will celebrate 85th birthday on a Wednesday 1st of June 2022. Below we countdown to Colleen McCullough upcoming birthday.


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83rd birthday - Monday, June 1, 2020

Colleen McCullough | Australian author

Colleen McCullough, Australian novelist who worked in a range of genres but was best known for her second novel, the sweeping romance The Thorn Birds (1977; television miniseries 1983), and for her Masters of Rome series (1990–2007), a painstakingly researched fictionalized account of Rome in the

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81st birthday - Friday, June 1, 2018

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76th birthday - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Literary Birthday – 1 June – Colleen McCullough | Writers Write

Colleen McCullough was an Australian author best-known for The Thorn Birds, which sold 30 million copies, and the Masters of Rome series.

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