Gore Vidal | 1959
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Gore Vidal | 1925 - 2012

On the set of “Ben Hur” in Rome are, from left, director William Wyler, co-writer Christopher Fry, Gore Vidal and Charlton Heston. This 1959 photo is from Vidal’s book “Palimpsest: A Memoir.” (Gore Vidal)
Democrats Gore Vidal and Sen. John F. Kennedy give autographs to voters during a 1960 campaign stop in New York state. Vidal lost his bid for New York’s 29th Congressional District.  (Associated Press)
Publicity photo of a young Gore Vidal promoting his 1960 play “The Best Man.” (Morosco Theater)
Portrait taken in 1978 of Gore Vidal for an interview with the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times)
Vidal in his 1982 campaign for U.S. Senate from California. He lost in the primary to Gov. Jerry Brown. (Los Angeles Times)
Vidal stars as Roberts’ opponent, Pennsylvania incumbent Sen. Brickley Paiste, in the 1992 movie “Bob Roberts.” (Paramount)
Authors Gay Talese, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal, from left, gather at a 1993 party after the Actors Studio’s benefit production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Associated Press)
Vidal signs copies of his book “Palimpsest: a Memoir” during a 1995 luncheon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.  (Los Angeles Times)
Vidal in 2003 during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times)
Writer Gore Vidal at his Hollywood Hills home in 2006.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Vidal reads the narration for Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” during a 2007 performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. (Los Angeles Times)