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Also Known As: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, Cameron Kay, Edgar Box Died: July 31, 2012
Born: October 3, 1925 Cause of Death: Complications from Pneumonia
Birth Place: West Point, New York, USA Profession: novelist, essayist, actor, screenwriter, political commentator, critic, politician

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A true renaissance figure of the postwar American literary and political scene, Gore Vidal enjoyed concurrent careers as a best-selling novelist, celebrated Broadway playwright, A-list Hollywood screenwriter, politician, activist, essayist and historian. A veteran of World War II, the predominantly homosexual Vidal had lost the love of his life at the Battle of Iwo Jima and channeled his grief into the autobiographical novel, The City and the Pillar, which caused a scandal in the publishing world but was later canonized as a landmark of the American gay rights movement. An ally of Democratic President John F. Kennedy, Vidal tangled often with conservative writer William F. Buckley, with whom he feuded publically for 30 years. In Hollywood, Vidal turned out screenplays for such films as "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) and "Ben-Hur" (1959), while his theatrical writing and fiction inspired such features as "Visit to a Small Planet" (1959) and the camp classic "Myra Breckinridge" (1970). A renowned author of historical novels, Vidal was tapped by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione to script "Caligula" (1979) but sued to have his name removed from the credits when Guccione added hardcore inserts that turned...

A true renaissance figure of the postwar American literary and political scene, Gore Vidal enjoyed concurrent careers as a best-selling novelist, celebrated Broadway playwright, A-list Hollywood screenwriter, politician, activist, essayist and historian. A veteran of World War II, the predominantly homosexual Vidal had lost the love of his life at the Battle of Iwo Jima and channeled his grief into the autobiographical novel, The City and the Pillar, which caused a scandal in the publishing world but was later canonized as a landmark of the American gay rights movement. An ally of Democratic President John F. Kennedy, Vidal tangled often with conservative writer William F. Buckley, with whom he feuded publically for 30 years. In Hollywood, Vidal turned out screenplays for such films as "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) and "Ben-Hur" (1959), while his theatrical writing and fiction inspired such features as "Visit to a Small Planet" (1959) and the camp classic "Myra Breckinridge" (1970). A renowned author of historical novels, Vidal was tapped by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione to script "Caligula" (1979) but sued to have his name removed from the credits when Guccione added hardcore inserts that turned the production into the most expensive porn reel in movie history. Receding from public life in later years due to advanced age and infirmity, Vidal remained a controversial and divisive figure, surviving his political and literary rivals to endure as the last man standing of 20th Century arts and letters.

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 Shrink (2009)
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 Obscene (2007)
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 Why We Fight (2005) Himself
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 Inside Deep Throat (2005) Himself
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As a teenager, began writing fiction and poetry
1943:
Served in U.S. Army Reserve Corps in the Aleutian Islands
1946:
Published first novel <i>Williwaw</i> based upon his Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty
1948:
Third novel <i>The City and the Pillar</i> caused controversy because its hero was a homosexual
1951:
Subject of a chapter in John W. Aldridge's book <i>After a Lost Generation: A Critical Study of the Writers of Two Wars</i>, which sharply criticized his work
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Adopted various pseudonyms in the 1950s after <i>The New York Times</i> banned reviews of his work
1955:
TV writing debut, an adaptation of the George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber Broadway play from the 1930s, "Stage Door"
1955:
Enjoyed success with TV presentation "Visit to a Small Planet" (NBC); later adapted as a Broadway play (1957) and a film (1960)
1956:
Hired as a contract screenwriter by MGM
1956:
Screenwriting debut, "The Catered Affair"; based on Paddy Chayefsky's play
1959:
Collaborated with Tennessee Williams in the feature adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer"; starred Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift
1959:
Contributed to the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Ben-Hur"
1960:
Ran unsuccessful bid for New York Congressional seat
1964:
Wrote film adaptation of "The Best Man"; awarded Cannes Film Festival Critics' Prize
1966:
Co-wrote the script "Is Paris Burning?"
1968:
Published controversial book <i>Myra Breckinridge</i>, a Hollywood satire
1968:
Penned the play "Weekend"
1970:
Adapted "Last of the Mobile Hot Shots" from a play by Tennessee Williams
1972:
Wrote the play "An Evening with Richard Nixon"
1972:
First film appearance, "Fellini's Roma"
1979:
Wrote the original screenplay for the controversial film "Caligula"; later asked his name be removed after director Tinto Brass and actor Malcolm McDowell rewrote the script
1986:
Wrote the NBC miniseries "Dress Gray"
1988:
Wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries "Lincoln"
1989:
Scripted the TNT miniseries "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'"; also had small role as a minister
1990:
Co-wrote the screenplay for "The Palermo Connection"
1992:
Played major supporting role in "Bob Roberts"
1994:
Appeared as a college professor in "With Honors"
1995:
Published his first memoir <i>Palimpsest</i>
1997:
Played a congressman in "Shadow Conspiracy"
1997:
Cast opposite Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman in sci-fi drama "Gattaca"
2002:
Appeared in the indie film "Igby Goes Down"
2003:
Featured in the documentary "The Education of Gore Vidal"
2004:
Appeared on "Da Ali G Show" (HBO) where host Sascha Baron Cohen intentionally mistook him for Vidal Sassoon
2006:
Voiced himself on the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy"
2007:
Wrote second memoir <i>Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir</i>
2009:
Published <i>Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare</i>
2011:
Books from 1950s written under pseudonym Edgar Box reissued, notably <i>Death in the Fifth Position</i> (1952), <i>Death Before Bedtime</i> (1953) and <i>Death Likes It Hot</i> (1954)
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Education

Phillips Exeter Academy: Exeter , New Hampshire - 1943

Notes

In 1971, Vidal infuriated author Norman Mailer with a review which resulted in a highly publicized literary feud.

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grandfather:
Thomas Gore. Senator.
father:
Eugene Luther Vidal. Aviator, aeronautics instructor. Divorced from Vidal's mother in 1935.
mother:
Nina Vidal. Divorced from Vidal's father in 1935.
step-father:
Hugh Auchincloss.
half-sister:
Nini.
step-sister:
Jacqueline Bouvier. Book editor. Former First Lady of the USA.
step-sister:
Lee Bouvier.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Williwaw"
"In a Yellow Wood"
"The City and the Pillar"
"The Seasonof Comfort"
"A Search for the King"
"Dark Green, Bright Red"
"A Star's Progress" Dutton
"The Judgment of Paris"
"Death in the Fifth Position"
"Death Before Bedtime"
"Thieves Fall Out"
"Death Likes It Hot"
"Messiah"
"A Thirsty Evil"
"Three"
"Julian"
"Washington, D.C."
"Myra Breckinridge"
"Two Sisters"
"Homage to Daniel Shays: Collected Essays 1952-1972"
"Burr"
"Myron"
"1876"
"Matter of Fact and Fiction: Essays 1973-76"
"Kalki"
"Views From a Window: Conversations With Gore Vidal"
"Creation"
"Rocking the Boat"
"The Second American Revolution: And Other Essays 1976-82"
"Gore Vidal"
"Duluth"
"Lincoln"
"Empire"
"Hollywood"
"Live from Golgotha"
"Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain"
"United States: Essays 1952-1992"
"Palimpsest" Random House
"Gore Vidal" Greenwood Press
"The Smithsonian Institution"
"Gore Vidal: A Biography" Doubleday
"The Golden Age"
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