Wednesday, April 17, 2024

RIP Writer Larry McMurtry, 84, Oscar Winner, Famous for “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Last Picture Show”


Writer Larry McMurtry has died at age 84. His books were bestsellers and became the movies “Hud,” “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “The Last Picture Show,” among others.

No cause of death has been given.

McMurtry was a larger than life figure, maybe one of the last real literary lions. Here’s his NY Times obit.

McMurtry’s long association with Hollywood culminated with an Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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