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Larry McMurtry

Writer

Born: 3 June 1936
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas
Best known as: The author of Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry is the Pulitzer and Oscar winner who wrote the novel Lonesome Dove and the screenplay Brokeback Mountain (he shared the Oscar with longtime collaborator Diana Ossana). McMurtry grew up in the small town of Archer City, Texas and is strongly associated with tales of the American frontier. While proclaiming himself a shy Texas lad, McMurtry has proved to be a prolific and savvy scribe whose works have been popular as novels, feature films and television mini-series. His first novel, Horseman, Pass By (1961), was made into the Paul Newman film Hud (1963). His 1966 novel The Last Picture Show was made into a critically acclaimed 1971 movie that earned McMurtry an Oscar nomination for screenwriting. His most famous novel is probably Lonesome Dove, the 1985 cattle drive epic that won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a hit TV mini-series starring Robert Duvall in 1989. McMurtry is also the guy who wrote Terms of Endearment, the 1975 novel that became the 1983 hit movie with Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine. McMurtry has written several novels with the same characters: the Last Picture Show novels include Texasville (1987) and Duane's Depression (1999), and the Lonesome Dove novels include The Streets of Laredo (1993) and Comanche Moon. His other books include Buffalo Girls (1990), Boone's Lick and the memoir Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen (1999).
Extra credit: Larry McMurtry has owned book stores since 1971, and since the late 1990s has opened four buildings in Archer City, Texas that sell used books... McMurtry and author Ken Kesey were friends/rivals since their days in a creative writing seminar at Stanford in 1960; McMurtry ended up marrying Kesey's widow, Faye Kesey, in 2011.

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  • Texasville - Starring Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Annie Potts, Harvey Christiansen, Pearl Jones
  • Terms of Endearment - Starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels
  • The Last Picture Show - Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman

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