Gore Vidal: 1925 – 2012
We pay a respectful farewell to American writer of plays, essays, novels and scripts, Gore Vidal.
Once described as “the 20th century’s finest essayist”, writer Gore Vidal’s career was an extraordinary one, covering novels, essays, stage plays and movies. He began writing at the age of 19, and remained prolific until his final years, by which time he’d written no fewer than 25 novels, several of them best sellers – Burr and Myra Breckenridge were among his most popular.
His movie career included a rewrite of 1959’s classic Ben-Hur and the infamous Caligula (1979), and he regularly wrote for television through the 50s and 60s on shows including Suspense and Armchair Theatre. Vidal also made occasional film appearances, including a role in 1997’s Gattaca and an uncredited cameo in 2002’s Igby Goes Down, and was a regular and lively fixture on television talk shows.
Sharp, opinionated and often extremely funny, Gore Vidal was among the most respected writers of his generation. He sadly passed away at his Los Angeles home yesterday, leaving behind a remarkable body of work.