Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton
Celebrated Name: Sue Grafton
Real Name/Full Name: Sue Taylor Grafton
Gender: Female
Age at the time of death: 77 years old
Birth Date: 24 April 1940
Date of death: 28 December 2017
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.74 m
Weight: 64kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Husband: Steve Humphrey (m. 1978–2017), Edward Allyn Schmidt (m. 1962–1972), James Leslie Flood (m. 1959–1961)
Children: Yes (Jay Schmidt, Leslie Flood, Jamie Schmidt)
Dating/Boyfriend: N/A
Profession: Novelist, TV personality
Net Worth in 2024: $75 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Sue Grafton is an American novelist and a TV personality. She is most commonly known as an author for her mystery-detective books known as “the alphabet novels.” She also scripts Series and writing screenplays for TV movies. Some of her screen playwriting includes Mark, and I Love You, drama series” Nurse”  and Sex and the Single Parent.

Maybe you know about Sue Grafton very well, But do you know how old was she at the time of her death and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Sue Grafton’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Cornelius Warren Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1940. Her father, Cornelius Warren Grafton, was a lawyer and occasionally was a writer of detective fiction, and her mother, Vivian Hansberger, was a former chemistry teacher. Despite the fact that her parents were alcoholics, she picked out the art of writing from her dad, which she practiced ever since she was young. Her mother died by killing herself in 1960 after a return from an operation to remove cancer brought about by her addiction to smoking and alcohol. Her father died in 1982

Grafton w Atherton High School and after she graduated, she joined the University of Louisville but then proceeded with her studies in Kentucky State Teachers College, before coming back to the University of Louisville where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1961. Grafton also got some minors in humanities and fine arts.

Personal Life

Sue first got married at the age of 18 years to James L. Flood, the two had two children, a son and a daughter, but later divorced in the year 1961.

She again got married to her second husband named Al Schmidt in the year1962, and just like the first, it ended up in a messy divorce because of custody over their daughter.

In 1978 she married her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, who was a teacher in California and Ken Turkey.

She died on December 28, 2017, at a cottage hospital in Santa Barbara, California, after a brave battle with cancer. Her daughter Jamie announced her death was announced the following day on Facebook.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 24 April 1940, Sue Grafton was 77 years old at the time of her death. Her height was 1.74 m tall, and her weight was 64 kg.


After her graduation, she worked as a secretary and a cashier. She later perfected her writing skills, which were inspired by her farther. She finished writing her first five novels when she was 18 years old but chose to publish only two with the titles “The loblolly-Madonna war and Keziah Dane” in 1967. Later her books were adopted as films “Lolly-Madona xxx” being directed by Richard c. Sarafian.

Her writing did not go as expected; this made her shift her attention to screenplay writing for television. Some of her play included, Mark, I Love You, drama series” Nurse”  and Sex and the Single Parent. She practiced her television writing over the next 15 years.

She acquired the experience of how to structure a story, and because of this, she felt qualified to go back to fiction writing. In 1982 Grafton published her debut mystery novel “A” is for Alibi. She featured a private detective, “Kinsey million” in Santa, Teresa, California, the fictional town.

Grafton’s books were later referred to as the “alphabet novels.”

Her series begins with “A” Is for Alibi, published and set in 1982. “B” Is for Burglar, followed, then “C” Is for Corpse, she managed to combine the letters in her books, except X. The last alphabet novel Y is for yesterday was published in August 2017. she sadly died before publishing her last novel z is for Zero.

 Sue Grafton was active from 1964 until her demise in 2017.

Awards & Achievements

Sue Grafton has been awarded and nominated for various awards in her over 40 year’s career. In 1979 she earned a Christopher Award for her screenplay “walking through the fire.”

In 1986 &1987, her alphabet novel,B” Is for Burglar, and “C” Is for Corpse won for the best novel ever in the Anthony awards. Her book G is for gumshoe won again in 1991.

Grafton received the 2000 YWCA of Lexington Smith-Breckinridge Distinguished Woman of Achievement Award on June 13, 2000.

In 1979 she won the Christopher Award for her screenplayWalking through the Fire’.

Other awards she has won include Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2004 and the grandmaster awards in 2009.

Net Worth & Salary of Sue Grafton in 2024

Sue Grafton Net Worth
Sue Grafton Net Worth

Sue had seen her hard work earn her hefty amounts in her career from when she started. Most of her net worth was from the earnings she got from her screenwriting and book sales. The books were doing well and complimented her net worth.

Her “alphabet” series of books sold millions of copies collectively, and they made Sue Grafton as one of the richest authors in the world during her life.

At the time of her death, her net worth was approximately $75 million As of May 2024.

They say if you want to hide treasure, hide it in books. As short as life can be, sue has made the best out of the 77 years that she lived. Sue has left behind lasting memories that are going to be inspiring even for generations to come.


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