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Gore Vidal

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 

ProductionsDate of Productions
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
[Play, Revival]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Apr 01, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012
A Catered Affair
[Musical, Original]
  • Based on the Turner Entertainment motion picture written by Gore Vidal
Apr 17, 2008 - Jul 27, 2008
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
[Play, Revival]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Sep 17, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000
An Evening With Richard Nixon and...
[Play, Satire, Original]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Apr 30, 1972 - May 13, 1972
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Mar 13, 1968 - Mar 30, 1968
[Play, Original]
  • Book adapted by Gore Vidal
Jan 10, 1962 - Mar 10, 1962
The Best Man
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Mar 31, 1960 - Jul 08, 1961
A Visit to a Small Planet
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Gore Vidal
Feb 07, 1957 - Jan 11, 1958
1960 Tony Award® Best Play
The Best Man [nominee]
Written by Gore Vidal
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