Thursday, March 5, 2009

Horton Foote: 1916-2008

Horton Foote, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Foote won two Oscars (as well as Writers Guild of America awards) for his screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. He was nominated for a third for The Trip to Bountiful (based on his own play), for which he won the Independent Spirit Award. Foote's Pulitzer was for the drama The Young Man from Atlanta, which also garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. He also won an Emmy for the television production Old Man.

Foote adapted his plays 1918, On Valentine's Day, Courtship and The Traveling Lady to the screen, the latter renamed as Baby the Rain Must Fall; he also penned the script for the 1992 version of Of Mice and Men. Foote's other stage productions include The Chase and Dividing the Estate.

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