Playwright Horton Foote
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Horton Foote | 1916-2009

Playwright Horton Foote
Foote won his second Oscar for the screenplay of “Tender Mercies,” a 1983 film that starred Robert Duvall. His first Academy Award was for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote is shown in 1991 on the set of “Of Mice and Men,” which he adapted for the screen from the John Steinbeck work. The movie starred John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote is flanked by his daughters Daisy, right, and Hallie. Foote directed Daisy’s debut work as a playwright, “When They Speak of Rita,’' which opened in May 2000 Off-Broadway. Hallie played Rita, a wife and mother frustrated by her stifling small-town existence. (Ari Mintz / Newsday)
Playwright Horton Foote
President Clinton presents Foote with the National Medal of Arts during a ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote on the set of “The Traveling Lady” at the Mabee Theatre at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Decades earlier he had adapted the play as the 1965 movie “Baby the Rain Must Fall,” starring Steve McQueen and Lee Remick. (Rod Aydelotte / Associated Press)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote, left, and director Cameron Watson on the set of Foote’s play “The Habitation of Dragons” at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood. (Los Angeles Times)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote holds his latest script in a photo taken at the Pacific Palisades home of his daughter Hallie, where he had been living in recent years. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Playwright Horton Foote
Foote at the Booth Theater in New York, where his play “Dividing the Estate” was presented. The cast included his daughter, Hallie Foote, who has often interpreted her father’s work, and her husband, Devon Abner. New York Times critic Ben Brantley called the play one of Foote’s masterworks. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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