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Timeline Project By Danielle Werner. Isabel Allende. 1942. Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru on August 2, 1942. She is the daughter of Fransisca Llona Barros and Tom ás Allende, who was the Chilean ambassador of Peru. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Allende. Lima, Peru.

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  • Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru on August 2, 1942.
  • She is the daughter of Fransisca Llona Barros and Tomás Allende, who was the Chilean ambassador of Peru.


lima peru
Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru is where Isabel Allende was born. It is the capital of Peru and is the largest city there. Allende lived here until she was 3, when her parents got divorced.

  • Isabel and her family moved to Santiago, Chile after her parents got divorced.
  • They lived there for 8 years.


santiago chile
Santiago, Chile

Isabel Allende moved to Chile from Peru. Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile.

1953 to 1958
1953 to 1958
  • Isabel’s mother remarried to Ramón Huidobro, who is a diplomat appointed to Bolivia and Beirut, Lebanon.
  • They moved to Bolivia, where she attended a North American private school.
  • When Isabel lived in Beirut, she went to an English private school.


beirut lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut is a large city in Lebanon. It is the capital and has a population of over 2.1 million. It is located on a peninsula, next to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

1969 to 1972
1969 to 1972
  • She worked for a children’s magazine called Mampato and later she became the Editor.
  • She published two children’s books: La Abuela Panchita and Lauchas y Lauchones.
  • Isabel worked in Chilean television production for channels 7 and 13.
  • She got her first manuscript published, which were her satirical columns in book form.


the house of spirits
The House of Spirits

The House of Spirits is Isabel Allende’s first book published. She wrote it when she heard about her grandfather dying. The story is about three generations of the Trueba family of Chile. It became an instant bestseller when published in 1982.


  • She helped her mother and stepfather barely escape assassination.
  • Then she began receiving death threats, so she fled to Venezuela, where she stayed for 13 years.
  • In Venezuela she was a columnist for Il Nacional, a big newspaper company.


el nacional
El Nacional

El Nacional is a publishing company in Venezuela. It is under the name C.A. Editorial El Nacional, but mostly known as El Nacional newspaper.

1978 to 1988
1978 to 1988
  • Allende began a temporary separation from her husband, Miguel Frías. She spent two months in Spain before she went back to him.
  • She met her second husband, Willie Gordon, while visiting California in 1988. He was an attorney.


san jose california
San Jose, California

San Jose, California is where Isabel Allende and Willie Gordon met. She was on a lecture tour about her new book Of Love and Shadows. They married in 1988 and have lived in Marin, CA ever since. Willie Gordon, a lawyer, has always admired her work.

  • Isabel Allende was awarded the Gabriela Mistral Order of Merit. She is the first woman ever to receive this honor.


gabriel mistral
Gabriel Mistral

Gabriel Mistral was a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist. Isabel Allende got the Gabriel Mistral Order of Merit in 1994.

  • Isabel Allende obtained the United States citizenship.
  • She moved to San Rafael, California. She still lives there today.
  • Her second husband, Willie Gordon, became a San Francisco lawyer an novelist.


san rafael california
San Rafael, California

San Rafael, CA is located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a population of about 55,649. It has a Mediterranean Climate and is the seat of Marin County, CA.

  • Allende performed as one of the eight flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics.


2006 winter olympics
2006 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics in 2006 were held in Torino, Italy. It is officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games. The Opening Ceremony was in the Stadio Olimpico. The official motto was “Passion lives here”.