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Michael Crichton, author and Hollywood muse, has died

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Crichton will be missed

Michael Crichton, legendary author and Hollywood muse, has passed away a the age of 66.

Crichton doing what he loved - teaching at HarvardCrichton is best known as the mind behind such modern literary classics as The Andromeda Strain, Coma, and Jurassic Park and also as the creator of the television smash, ER.

A family statement said that the prolific author died of cancer. It was a private battle, as news of his death shocked readers and entertainment fans alike across the world.

Crichton went to Harvard medical school and made a career as a doctor until the pen proved to strong to resist. His background in medicine certainly added unseen realism to a hospital show in ER.

Many of Crichton's books dealt with the human power over science and how that immense responsibility is used. But, the author was able to completely change genres and effectively spin a story out of a completely different subject arena, such as 1975's The Great Train Robbery.

Crichton, who also wrote the Jurassic Park sequel Lost World and Rising Sun, is survived by his wife, the former Sherri Alexander and his daughter, Taylor.

His books have been turned into movies on numerous occasions and made hundreds of millions of dollars in box office. Crichton's works continue in Hollywood with a 2009 update of Westworld and the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series.

Just one of Crichton's hits, Jurassic Park

Crichton's page to screen history

The Andromeda Strain
Coma
Westworld
The Great Train Robbery
Timeline
Congo
Jurassic Park
Lost World
The 13th Warrior
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