Who Was Gore Vidal?
American writer Gore Vidal is known for many popular screenplays, plays and novels, as well as other literary works. He wrote and published more than 200 essays and 24 novels throughout his career, which included a venture into politics, a stint as a popular talk-show guest and even running for political office. Among Vidal's most famous works are the 1960s books Julian and Myra Breckinridge; the 1984 novel Lincoln; his 1993 political work United States: Essays 1952-1992, for which he won the National Book Award; and his 1995 memoir, Palimpsest. Vidal died on July 31, 2012, from complications due to pneumonia, at his home in Hollywood Hills, California.
Gore Vidal Movie
Based on author Jay Parini's book, Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, the biographical film Gore, which starred Kevin Spacey in the titular role, was set to be released on Netflix in 2018. However, due to the sexual allegations against Spacey in late 2017, Netflix decided not to release it.
Gore Vidal Documentary
In 2013 director Nicholas Wrathall released Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, which examined the famed writer's life and career, using television footage and commentary from Vidal's peers. Two years later, Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015), directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, explored Vidal's famous 1968 televised debates with conservative William F. Buckley.
Vidal died on July 31, 2012, from complications due to pneumonia, at his home in Hollywood Hills, California. He was 86 years old at the time.
The contentious Vidal-Buckley dynamic was the subject of the 2015 documentary Best of Enemies. Revisiting their televised debates of 1968, the film demonstrated how the debates became ratings gold for ABC, and helped give rise to the talking-head punditry that soon was a staple of cable TV.
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