- Horton Foote
name = Horton Foote
birthdate = birth date and age|1916|3|14
occupation = screenwriter, producer
Lillian V. Foote
Hallie Foote(b.1953) Horton Foote, Jr.(b.1954) Walter Foote(b.1955) Daisy Foote(b.1963)
academyawards = Best Adapted Screenplay
1962 "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Best Original Screenplay
emmyawards = Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special
Horton Foote (born
March 14, 1916in Wharton, Texas), is a two-time Academy Awardand one-time Pulitzer Prizeand Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated American author and playwright. Perhaps his best known work is his screenplay for "To Kill a Mockingbird".
Foote has had plays produced on Broadway,
Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadwayand at many regional theatres. They include "Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards", which received its world premiere at South Coast Repertoryin 2002, "The Carpetbagger's Children", "Last of the Thortons", "The Chase", " The Trip to Bountiful", "The Traveling Lady", "The Habitation of Dragons", "Night Seasons", "Tomorrow", "The Orphan's Home Cycle" ("Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Courtship, Valentine's Day, 1918, Cousins, The Death of Papa"), "Dividing the Estate", "Talking Pictures", "The Roads to Home", "Laura Dennis", "Vernon Early" and many one-act plays. He wrote the English adaptation of the original Japanese book for the 1970 musical "Scarlett". He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Dramafor " The Young Man From Atlanta". The Goodman Theatreproduction that was presented on Broadway in New York Cityin 1997 was nominated for Best Play, but did not win. The production starred Rip Torn, Shirley Knightand William Biff McGuire. Knight and McGuire were also nominated for Tony Awards.
Foote received an
Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplayand the Writers Guild of AmericaScreen Award for his adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1962. His original screenplay Tender Mercieswon an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, as well as the Writers Guild of AmericaAward for Best Screenplay.
His other film scripts include "
Baby the Rain Must Fall" starring Steve McQueenand Lee Remick, which was based on his play "The Travelling Lady". The film was directed by Robert Mulliganwho had worked with Foote on "To Kill a Mockingbird" a few years earlier.
Foote generally wrote screenplays that were based on his plays, such as the semi-autobiographic trilogy of "1918" (1985), "On Valentine's Day" (1986) and "Courtship" (1987).
His screenplay for "
The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) garnered him another Academy Award nomination. The film, in which star Geraldine Pagewon an Academy Award for Best Actress, was based on his 1953 television play that was later adapted for Broadway.
He also adapted works by other authors such as
John Steinbeck(" Of Mice and Men" directed by and starring Gary Sinisewith John Malkovich) and William Faulkner(a 1997 television adaptation of "Old Man", for which Foote won an Emmy Awardfor Outstanding Writing of a Miniseries or Special). He also adapted Faulkner's short story into the 1972 film "Tomorrow" starring Robert Duvall. Foote had originally adapted the story into a play before it was made into a film. Leonard Maltin, in his movie guide book, calls the movie the best film adaptation of any of Faulkner's work. Playwright Lillian Hellmanadapted his play for the 1966 film "The Chase" with Marlon Brando, Jane Fondaand Robert Redford.
Foote holds an honorary doctorate from
Carson-Newman College. One of Foote's primary biographers is Dr. Gerald Wood, chair of the English Department at Carson-Newman College.Books by Wood about Foote include "Horton Foote and the Theater of Intimacy" and "Horton Foote: A Casebook." Baylor University also holds close ties with the American Playwright. In 2002 Horton Foote accepted the title as "Visiting Distinguished Dramatist" with the Baylor Department of Theatre Arts.
Foote's children are in show business: actors
Horton Foote, Jr.and Hallie Foote; playwright Daisy Footeand director Walter Foote. All four have worked with their father in at least several projects.
His cousin is actor-turned-director
Peter Masterson, father of actress Mary Stuart Masterson. Peter Masterson (who starred in such films as "The Exorcist" and the original version of "The Stepford Wives") has directed three screenplays that Foote has written: " The Trip to Bountiful", "Convicts" and the Hallmark Hall of Fame television production of "Lily Dale", which starred Mary Stuart Masterson.
*Foote provided the voice of
Jefferson Davisfor Ken Burns' critically acclaimed documentary "The Civil War" (PBS, 1990), and adaptations of his plays "The Habitation of Dragons" (TNT, 1992) and "Lily Dale" (Showtime, 1996) preceded the Showtime production of "Horton Foote's Alone" (1997).
* [http://hortonfootesociety.org/ Horton Foote Society]
* [http://www.scr.org/season/01-02season/snl/frankiesnl.asp Articles on Horton Foote and "Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards"] at
South Coast Repertory
* [http://www.scr.org/season/02-03season/studyguides/carpet/table.asp Articles on Horton Foote and The Carpetbagger's Children] at
South Coast Repertory
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