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The Unbelievable True Story Behind Brie Larson’s ‘The Glass Castle’

The brand new drama, The Glass Castle, stars Oscar-winner Brie Larson, aka Captain Marvel. But her performance in this film is much deeper — Larson plays Jeannette Walls, a woman who grew up homeless and, as an adult, attempted to separate herself from her past as she worked as a journalist in New York City.

Based on the novel of the same name, which spent more than 250 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller list, Walls’ astonishing true story deserves a closer look. Whether or not you’re planning to see the film, here’s what you should know about the author and her life.

Who is Jeannette Walls?

Jeannette Walls leaning up against a house standing on a porch with a dog in the background

Jeannette Walls leaning up against a house standing on a porch with a dog in the background Jeannette Walls | Jeannette Walls via Facebook

A former journalist, Jeannette Walls wrote for The Phoenix and New York Magazine. Later, she became a gossip columnist for MSNBC.com and contributed to publications such as Esquire and USA Today.

But she soon discovered she couldn’t continue to lead that kind of life. Walls told the San Francisco Chronicle, “[i]t was ironic that I had been chasing other people’s stories while hiding my own, and that was not right.” This led to her memoir, The Glass Castle.

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