Juan De Anda/SF Weekly Follow the stairs to discovery the inspiration for Anna Madrigal's home.
After 40 years of entertaining readers and viewers with the adventures and tragedies of Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, and other characters; Armistead Maupin, creator of the Tales of the City series, is ending the series with last week's release of The Days of Anna Madrigal.
What started off as a set of weekly installments in The San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, Maupin's Tales of the City series turned into an eight-novel series, three PBS television miniseries (based off the first three novels starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney), and a stage musical at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in 2011.
The ninth and final book focuses on the final days of the title character, the endearing and all wise, transgender landlady and matriarch of 28 Barbary Lane.
The Chronicle Maupin posing with his inspiration.
But even if Mrs. Madrigal is ready to "leave like a lady" and Maupin is bidding goodbye this cast of S.F. personalities, it doesn't mean you have to as well.
After all, Tales was inspired by events and location here in our very own foggy City. So let's visit the place that inspired the fictional address of 28 Barbary Lane: Macondray Lane.More »