Writer, Source Material
( b. Oct 03, 1925 West Point, New York, USA - d. Jul 31, 2012 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Perhaps more than any other American writer except Norman Mailer or Truman Capote, Mr. Vidal took great pleasure in being a public figure. He twice ran for office -- in 1960, when he was the Democratic Congressional candidate for the 29th District in upstate New York, and in 1982, when he campaigned in California for a seat in the Senate -- and though he lost both times, he often conducted himself as a sort of unelected shadow president. He once said, "There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
Mr. Vidal was an occasional actor, appearing, for example, in animated form on "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy," in the movie version of his own play "The Best Man," and in the Tim Robbins movie "Bob Roberts," in which he played an aging, epicene version of himself. He was a more than occasional guest on TV talk shows, where his poise, wit, looks and charm made him such a regular that Johnny Carson offered him a spot as a guest host of "The Tonight Show."
Vidal loved conspiracy theories of all sorts, especially the ones he imagined himself at the center of, and he was a famous feuder; he engaged in celebrated on-screen wrangles with Mailer, Capote and William F. Buckley Jr.
Mr. Vidal sometimes claimed to be a populist -- in theory, anyway -- but he was not convincing as one. Both by temperament and by birth he was an aristocrat.
Source: The New York Times