Grafton was born on Apr. 24, 1940.
She began writing her "alphabet series" of mystery novels in 1982 with A is for Alibi, followed by B is for Burglar and C is for Corpse. She is now up to the letter V, and says her final novel in the series will be titled Z is for Zero.
Don't hold your breath waiting to see a movie based on her books. Grafton was soured on the industry by the years she spent writing screenplays. She has turned down all offers to sell her film rights, and if her kids were to break her wishes after she died, she said she'd come back as a ghost to haunt them.