Paula Frías Allende

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Paula Frías Allende
Born22 October 1963
Died6 December 1992(1992-12-06) (aged 29)
OccupationPsychologist, educator, humanitarian[1]
SpouseErnesto Diaz
RelativesAllende family

Paula Frías Allende (22 October 1963 – 6 December 1992)[4] was an educator and humanitarian who was the daughter of Chilean-American author Isabel Allende. Her grandfather was first cousin to Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.[5][6][7] After her death, her mother started a foundation to continue works in Paula's name.


Allende worked as a humanitarian for impoverished communities located in Venezuela and Spain, using her skills as an educator and psychologist. She married Ernesto Diaz in Venezuela, in 1991.[8]

Illness and death[edit]

In 1991, Paula went into a coma after complications of porphyria had hospitalised her.[9] An error in medication resulted in severe brain damage, leaving her in a persistent vegetative state. Her mother had her moved to a hospital in California and later to her home, where she died at the age of 29 on 6 December 1992.[10]

Foundation and memoirs[edit]

Isabel Allende started the Isabel Allende Foundation on December 9, 1996, in homage to her daughter. Her autobiographical book Paula is dedicated to her.[11] The foundation is "dedicated to supporting programs that promote and preserve the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected."[12]


  1. ^ "Isabel Allende: Paula Foundation". Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  2. ^ "Isabel Allende: '¡Escribo bien! Por lo menos admítanme eso'". 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  3. ^ "Isabel Allende". Isabel Allende. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  4. ^ Benatar, Raquel; Patricia Petersen (2003). Isabel Allende: Recuerdos Para Un Cuento/Memories for a Story. Arte Publico Press. ISBN 9781558853799. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  5. ^ Aida Edemariam (28 April 2007). "Review: The undefeated: A life in writing: Often compared to Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende is more interested in telling stories about her own life, her difficult upbringing, marriage and her daughter's death". The Guardian. London. p. 11. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  6. ^ Shirley Christian (5 June 1990). "Santiago Journal; Allende's Widow Meditates Anew on a Day in '73". The New York Times. p. Section A; Page 4, Column 3; Foreign Desk.
  7. ^ Veronica Ross (3 March 2007). "Sewing didn't cut it for Inés". Guelph Mercury. Ontario, Canada. p. C5.
  8. ^ "RAMA DE CHACÓN EN CHILE" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "Texas Papers on Latin America". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  10. ^ "Isabel Allende Foundation". Isabel Allende Foundation. 1996-12-09. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  11. ^ Allende, Isabel (1996-03-15). Paula. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. ISBN 9780060927219. Retrieved 2015-08-27 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Allen, Kerri; Miller, Corina; Socorro, Dalia; Stewart, Graeme (1 June 2007). "101 top leaders of the Latino community in the U.S; Cover story". Latino Leaders. 8 (4): 24(27). ISSN 1529-3998.