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Birth name Sarah Jane VowellNationality USABirth 27 december 1969
(50 years) at Muskogee (USA
Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American author, journalist, essayist, social commentator and actress. Often referred to as a "social observer," Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. She was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program's live shows. She was also the voice of Violet in the animated film The Incredibles.
Vowell is part Cherokee (about 1/8 on her mother's side and 1/16 on her father's side). According to Vowell, "Being at least a little Cherokee in northeastern Oklahoma is about as rare and remarkable as being a Michael Jordan fan in Chicago." She retraced the path of the forced removal of the Cherokee from the southeastern United States to Oklahoma known as the Trail of Tears with her twin sister Amy. In 1998, This American Life chronicled her story, devoting the entire hour to her work.
Vowell is on the advisory board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6–18 in Brooklyn.
Vowell is an atheist, though she describes herself as "culturally Christian," in an interview with The A.V. Club, when asked if there was a God, she stated, "Absolutely not.