Writer Gore Vidal Dead at 86

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A brainy, provocative, clever, often cynical novelist, playwright, essayist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal had quite a few movie credits. His 1968 novel MYRA BRECKENRIDGE was filmed in 1970 to universal condemnation but has aged into something of a cult classic. His play VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET a satire on the post- WWII  fear of Communism, was turned into a Jerry Lewis vehicle in 1960 and his screenplay credits included BEN HUR (uncredited), SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, and CALIGULA. He dabbled in acting with small roles in BOB ROBERTS and GATTACA but more often was happy to play himself. Gore Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia at age 86.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86.

Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.

Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as “Lincoln” and “Burr” and satires such as “Myra Breckinridge” and “Duluth.” He was also a prolific essayist whose pieces on politics, sexuality, religion and literature — once described as “elegantly sustained demolition derbies” — both delighted and inflamed and in 1993 earned him a National Book Award for his massive “United States Essays, 1952-1992.”…………………

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