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Larry McMurtry

American novelist and screenwriter

Died when: 84 years 295 days (1017 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

 

Larry McMurtry

Larry Jeff McMurtry (June 3, 1936 – March 25, 2021) was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work was predominantly set in either the Old West or contemporary Texas.

His novels included Horseman, Pass By (1962), The Last Picture Show (1966), and Terms of Endearment (1975), which were adapted into films.Films adapted from McMurtry's works earned 34 Oscar nominations (13 wins).

His 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove was adapted into a television miniseries that earned 18 Emmy Award nominations (seven wins).The subsequent three novels in his Lonesome Dove series were adapted as three more miniseries, earning eight more Emmy nominations.

McMurtry and cowriter Diana Ossana adapted the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2005), which earned eight Academy Award nominations with three wins, including McMurtry and Ossana for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2014, McMurtry received the National Humanities Medal.


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