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Born: February 19, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Morley, West Yorkshire, England, GB Profession:

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She created one of the most beloved and controversial female protagonists of the 1990s in the smoking, drinking, perpetually-dieting and man-obsessed Bridget Jones. However, Helen Fielding herself, an accomplished journalist and former television producer when she began penning Bridget's misadventures, is a far cry from her insecure alter-ego. While defending Bridget as a comic character in the tradition of silly, shallow men like Bertie Wooster, Fielding also cites Jane Austen as inspiration. Her follow-up to the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary (1996), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999), was successful as well, and Fielding also worked on the screenplays for the film adaptations of both books.

She created one of the most beloved and controversial female protagonists of the 1990s in the smoking, drinking, perpetually-dieting and man-obsessed Bridget Jones. However, Helen Fielding herself, an accomplished journalist and former television producer when she began penning Bridget's misadventures, is a far cry from her insecure alter-ego. While defending Bridget as a comic character in the tradition of silly, shallow men like Bertie Wooster, Fielding also cites Jane Austen as inspiration. Her follow-up to the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary (1996), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999), was successful as well, and Fielding also worked on the screenplays for the film adaptations of both books.

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 Pride and Prejudice (2000) Interviewee
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1978:
Performed at Edinburgh Festival as member of the Oxford revue
1979:
Launched career at BBC as regional researcher on news magazine <i>Nationwide</i>
1985:
Produced live satellite broadcast from an Eastern Sudan refugee camp for launch of British charity Comic Relief
1994:
Made publishing debut with satire <i>Cause Celeb</i>
1995:
Began writing anonymous column about single life in London for <i>The Independent</i>
1996:
Published breakthrough novel <i>Bridget Jones's Diary</i>
1999:
Released follow-up novel <i>Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason</i>
2001:
Executive produced hit feature adaptation "Bridget Jones's Diary," starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant
2004:
Zellweger and cast reprised roles for sequel adaptation "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
2004:
Published lighthearted spy thriller <i>Olivia Joules and The Overactive Imagination</i>
2009:
Wrote <i>Ox-tales</i>, a collection of short stories for benefit of international charity organization Oxfam
2012:
Announced upcoming release of third Bridget Jones novel
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