Horton Foote
(1916 - 2009)

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Horton Foote

Birth:
March 14, 1916

Passing:
March 4, 2009


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Horton Foote left the cotton fields of his native Wharton, Texas, as a teenager, dreaming of becoming an actor. But realizing his gifts as a storyteller, he embarked on a writing career that spanned more than half a century and earned him two Academy Awards ("To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies") and a 1995 Pulitzer Prize for "The Young Man From Atlanta."

Foote was active in the theater until the end of life. His play, "Dividing the Estate," the comic tale of a Texas family squabbling over an inheritance, was presented on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater.

The stories and lives of the people he loved in Texas became the bedrock for many of his plays, with the fictional Harrison, Texas, standing in for Wharton. Dividing his time mostly between Texas and New York, he kept the Wharton home in which he had grown up and did much of his writing there.

"I picked a difficult subject, a little lost Texas town no one's heard of or cares about," Foote told The New York Times in 1995. "But I'm at the mercy of what I write. The subject matter has taken me over."

Horton died in his apartment in Hartford where he was preparing work on a production for next fall at the nonprofit theater. He left a great legacy behind and will be missed by many.

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Rest In Peace Mr. Foote, thank you for sharing your talents with the world.
Margaret Baker (fan)
March 4th, 2009
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March 4th, 2009
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"Softly and tenderly..."
Arthur VanWagenen
March 4th, 2009
"Rest In Peace Horton. You will be missed."
Paul Wilhelm
March 4th, 2009

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