Tomie dePaola Biography, Age, Height, Death, Net Worth

“Strega Nona” creator, American writer and more than 200 children books author Tomie DePaola died at the age of 85 on 30th March, 2020. He was born on 15th September, 1934 in Meriden, Connecticut and grew up during the crisis of World War II. The family which admired and appreciated books and something creative, he decided to be an artist since he was four years old. He was kind of a stubborn kid who didn’t even change his decision for a fraction of second and aimed only for artist profession. Also, even his teacher encouraged him for his talent in grade school years and while in graduation he even enrolled for professional class. Upon completion of high school education, he attended Pratt Institute in New York and completed graduation in 1956 in Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Brief Career

His careers started from an instructor at theater at Colby Sawyer College. Still being a theater teacher, he created the character of “Strega Nona” in a meeting which became his most endearing character. Throughout his career in 5 decades, he created more than 270 books and sold almost 25 million copies. Apart from this, later his books were translated to more than 20 foreign languages due to immense popularity. DePaola even stated that he would place Strega Nona in the nativeland Calabria, Southern Italy from where his grandparents originated.

Tomie dePaola Cause of Death:

Recently a week ago he suffered a fall and sustained some serious injuries. He was admitted at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and due to complications from surgery, he died on 30th March, 2020. This dreadful news was confirmed by his literary agent, Doug Whiteman. Governor of New Hampshire praised him in a statement and said,

“a man who brought a smile to thousands of Granite State children who read his books, cherishing them for their brilliant illustrations.”

Tomie dePaola Biography

Real Name Tomie dePaola
Birth Date September 15, 1934
Aged 85 Years
Death March 30, 2020
Birth Place Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Nationality American
Profession American Writer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Tomie dePaola Height, Weight and Body Measurement

Height in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in centimeters – 170.6 cm  Approx
Weight in Kilograms – 72 kg  –  in Pounds –  158.7 lbs Approx
Chest Size 42 Inches
Waist Size 34 Inches
Biceps Size 16 Inches
Shoe Size 8 (US)
Hair Color White
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Average
Sexual Orientation Straight


School High School
College California College of the Arts, Pratt Institute


Father Joseph DePaola
Mother Florence DePaola
Sister Joseph DePaola
Brother Judie DePaola, Maureen DePaola

Tomie dePaola Affairs (Relationship Status)

What was Tomie dePaola marital status? (single, engaged, married or divorce) Single
How many children did Tomie dePaola have?
Tomie dePaola Gay? Yes
Who was Tomie dePaola wife?

Tomie dePaola Net Worth:

He loved creating new children books and during his 50 years career, he penned more than 270 books. It is obvious through authorship, he would have earned massive amount of worth and amassed fortune with love however, at the moment, exact net worth can’t be stated due to insufficient resources.

Trivia: Important Facts about Tomie dePaola:

  • He was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut while died at Lebanon, New Hampshire.
  • From early age, he aspired to become an artist and concentrated towards his goal ever since then.
  • His mother was a great reader and in childhood, Tomie and his brother spent hours with her.
  • In his first grade, he told his grade teacher that he would create books with pictures once he grown up.
  • His first creation was a Wonderful Dragon of Timlin which was published by Bobba-Merrill in 1966.
  • American Library Association honored him with a lifetime achievement award in 2011.
  • He even made appearance in children television shows “Barney & Friends” & “Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola”.
  • Tomie was openly a Gay so he didn’t had any wife or girlfriend.

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