Larry McMurtry, who won the Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, is dead. The American author was 84 years old.
The American writer Larry McMurtry is dead. His spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg confirmed the death on Friday for the “New York Times” and the “Hollywood Reporter”. McMurtry was 84 years old. The native Texan, who wrote dozens of novels and screenplays, was known for works such as “Weg in die Wildnis” (original title “Lonesome Dove”) and the screenplay adaptation of the western “Brokeback Mountain”.
In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for the novel “Lonesome Dove”. The story of a cattle drive in the Wild West at the end of the 19th century was later filmed as an award-winning mini-series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.
An Oscar win for “Brokeback Mountain” followed in 2006
McMurtry and co-writer Diana Ossana won the 2006 Golden Globe and Academy Awards for their script adaptation of Brokeback Mountain. Annie Proulx’s short story about the secret love of two gay cowboys was filmed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. McMurtry was also the author of novels such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment”, which became popular Hollywood films.
Larry McMurtry was married twice. His son James McMurtry comes from his marriage to Josephine Ballard, who were a couple from 1959 to 1966. The now 59-year-old is a folk rock singer and songwriter. Larry McMurtry married the second time in 2011 the widow of the US writer Ken Kesey, Norma Faye Kesey. She stayed by his side until his death.