March 4, 2009

Playwright Horton Foote dead at 92

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Horton Foote died Wednesday in Hartford, Conn. He was 92.

The Hartford Courant said the Texas native died while staying with his daughter, actress Hallie Foote, who is appearing in the Hartford Stage production of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Hallie's father penned the Oscar-winning script for the 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Horton Foote also won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1983 movie Tender Mercies and earned an Emmy in 1997 for his script for the TV miniseries Old Man, the Courant noted.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.

Foote was predeceased by Lillian Vallish Foote, his wife of nearly 40 years, in 1992. The couple had four children -- actors Horton Jr. and Hallie, playwright Daisy and director Walter, Wikipedia said.