Beverly Cleary Age, Husband, Family, Biography, Facts & More

Beverly Cleary

Full NameBeverly Atlee Bunn
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters - 157 cm
in meters - 1.57 m
in feet inches - 5’ 2”
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorGray
Personal Life
Date of BirthApril 12, 1916
Age (as in 2017)101 Years
Birth PlaceMcMinnville, Oregon, United States
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
SignatureBeverly Cleary Signature
HometownCalifornia, United States
SchoolGrant High School, Portland, Oregon
UniversitiesUniversity of California, Berkeley
University of Washington
Educational Qualification(s)B.A. from the University of California and a
B.A. in Librarianship from the University of Washington
DebutBook (Author)- Henry Huggins (1950)
Beverly Clearys Debut Book Henry Huggins
FamilyFather- Chester Lloyd Bunn
Mother- Mable Atlee Bunn
Beverly Clearys Parents
Brother- None
Sister- None
Address (FanMail)HarperCollins Publishers
c/o Author mail
195 Broadway
Floor 22
New York, NY 10007
HobbiesTraveling, Needle-work
Favorite Things
Favorite ColorPurple
Favorite TV ShowMasterpiece
Favorite MusicianMarianne Elizabeth Cleary
Favorite Musical InstrumentCello
Favorite SportTrack and Field
Boyfriends, Affairs and More
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusWidowed
Husband/SpouseClarence Cleary
Beverly Cleary With Her Husband Clarence Cleary
Marriage DateOctober 6, 1940
ChildrenSon- Malcolm James Cleary
Beverly Cleary's Son Malcolm James Cleary
Daughter- Marianne Elizabeth Cleary
Beverly Cleary's Daughter Marianne Elizabeth Cleary
Money Factor
Net Worth$21 Million

Beverly Cleary

Some Lesser Known Facts About Beverly Cleary

  • Does Beverly Cleary smoke?: No
  • Does Beverly Cleary drink alcohol?: No
  • She was raised on a farm in Yamhill, and this small town didn’t have a library.
  • She learned to read correctly when she was in the third grade.
  • Beverly discovered her interest in writing after her teacher suggested and provoked her to do so.
  • Later, it became her goal to write books, but initially, she worked as a children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Beverly Cleary As A Librarian
  • She did her B.A. in English from the University of California and then a degree in library science from the University of Washington.
  • She fell in love with Clarence Cleary, her college-mate.
  • Her parents didn’t approve of their relationship because the boy was Roman- Catholic and they were Presbyterian.
  • Finally, after passing so many hurdles, the couple tied their knot on October 6, 1940.
  • She is an avid cat lover. Beverly Cleary With Cat
  • She used to have a peculiar habit of baking bread while writing her books.
  • A school and a sculpture garden have been named after her in her honor. Beverly Cleary School And Garden
  • Her husband Clarence passed away in 2004. Beverly Clearys Husband Grave
  • She has only one desire for her birthday: a scrumptious carrot cake. Beverly Cleary's Love For Carrot Cake
  • Her books are an international seller.
  • There are statues of most of the Beverly Cleary’s characters in Oregon’s Grant Park, Portland.
  • In honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12th is recognized as D.E.A.R. Day by the publisher Harper Collins, which means Drop Everything and Read Day.
  • She talked about the greatest joy she has received from writing books and many more exciting things about her writings in an interview conducted by Barbara Lalicki. Here’s a clipping of it:

  • She believes that the best way to attract a reader is to write as simple as you can.
  • On April 12, 2016, on becoming a centenarian, she talked about her lifetime memories and achievements in an interview :

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