Gore Vidal

Novelist, Essayist, Screenwriter
A true renaissance figure of the postwar American literary and political scene, Gore Vidal enjoyed concurrent careers as a best-selling novelist, celebrated Broadway playwright, A-list Hollywood screenwriter ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1925 in West Point, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2003 - 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrink 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Obscene 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Zero inchiesta sull'11 settembre 2008 (Movie)

Novelist,Essayist,Playwright (Actor)

Garbo 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 (Movie)

Gore Vidal (Actor)

Why We Fight 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

One Bright Shining Moment 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Susan Sarandon: Rebel With a Cause 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Director Josef (Actor)

Invention 1990 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Conspiracy 1997 (Movie)

Congressman Page (Actor)

Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Amelia Earhart 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Oz 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

Professor Philip Hayes Pitkannan (Actor)

America at Risk: All the President's Women 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Senator Brickley Paiste (Actor)

Dick Cavett With Gore Vidal 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Roma 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Homosexuals 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Depression (TV Show)

Actor

Thinking XXX (TV Show)

Actor

Thomas Jefferson (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (14)

The Palermo Connection 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sicilian 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Myra Breckinridge 1970 (Movie)

("Myra Breckinridge") (Source Material (from novel))

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Left-Handed Gun 1958 (Movie)

from teleplay("The Death of Billy the Kid") (Play as Source Material)

The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dress Gray (TV Show)

Screenplay

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Biography

A true renaissance figure of the postwar American literary and political scene, Gore Vidal enjoyed concurrent careers as a best-selling novelist, celebrated Broadway playwright, A-list Hollywood screenwriter, politician, activist, essayist and historian. A veteran of World War II, the predominantly homosexual Vidal had lost the love of his life at the Battle of Iwo Jima and channeled his grief into the autobiographical novel, <i>The City and the Pillar</i>, which caused a scandal in the publishing world but was later canonized as a landmark of the American gay rights movement. An ally of Democratic President John F. Kennedy, Vidal tangled often with conservative writer William F. Buckley, with whom he feuded publically for 30 years. In Hollywood, Vidal turned out screenplays for such films as "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) and "Ben-Hur" (1959), while his theatrical writing and fiction inspired such features as "Visit to a Small Planet" (1959) and the camp classic "Myra Breckinridge" (1970). A renowned author of historical novels, Vidal was tapped by <i>Penthouse</i> publisher Bob Guccione to script "Caligula" (1979) but sued to have his name removed from the credits when Guccione added hardcore inserts that turned the production into the most expensive porn reel in movie history. Receding from public life in later years due to advanced age and infirmity, Vidal remained a controversial and divisive figure, surviving his political and literary rivals to endure as the last man standing of 20th Century arts and letters.

Relationships

Hugh Auchincloss

Step-Father

Thomas Auchincloss

Half-Brother

Howard Auster

Companion
Met in New York in the 1950s; Vidal described their relationship as platonic Auster died from cancer in 2003

Lee Bouvier

Step-Sister

Nina Gore

Mother
Divorced from Vidal's father in 1935

Thomas Gore

Grandfather
Oklahoma Democrat

Jacqueline Kennedy Actor

Step-Sister
Born July 28, 1929; died May 19, 1994; former U.S. First Lady Vidal's mother married Jackie's ex-stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss

Nini Straight

Half-Sister

Eugene Vidal

Father
Taught at the U.S. Military Academy and later served as director of air commerce under President Franklin D. Roosevelt Divorced from Vidal's mother in 1935

EDUCATION

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, New Hampshire 1943

Milestones

2011

Books from 1950s written under pseudonym Edgar Box reissued, notably <i>Death in the Fifth Position</i> (1952), <i>Death Before Bedtime</i> (1953) and <i>Death Likes It Hot</i> (1954)

2009

Published <i>Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare</i>

2007

Wrote second memoir <i>Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir</i>

2006

Voiced himself on the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy"

2004

Appeared on "Da Ali G Show" (HBO) where host Sascha Baron Cohen intentionally mistook him for Vidal Sassoon

2003

Featured in the documentary "The Education of Gore Vidal"

2002

Appeared in the indie film "Igby Goes Down"

1997

Played a congressman in "Shadow Conspiracy"

1997

Cast opposite Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman in sci-fi drama "Gattaca"

1995

Published his first memoir <i>Palimpsest</i>

1994

Appeared as a college professor in "With Honors"

1992

Played major supporting role in "Bob Roberts"

1990

Co-wrote the screenplay for "The Palermo Connection"

1989

Scripted the TNT miniseries "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'"; also had small role as a minister

1988

Wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries "Lincoln"

1986

Wrote the NBC miniseries "Dress Gray"

1979

Wrote the original screenplay for the controversial film "Caligula"; later asked his name be removed after director Tinto Brass and actor Malcolm McDowell rewrote the script

1972

First film appearance, "Fellini's Roma"

1972

Wrote the play "An Evening with Richard Nixon"

1969

Adapted "Last of the Mobile Hot Shots" from a play by Tennessee Williams

1968

Published controversial book <i>Myra Breckinridge</i>, a Hollywood satire

1968

Penned the play "Weekend"

1966

Co-wrote the script "Is Paris Burning?"

1964

Wrote film adaptation of "The Best Man"; awarded Cannes Film Festival Critics' Prize

1960

Ran unsuccessful bid for New York Congressional seat

1959

Contributed to the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Ben-Hur"

1959

Collaborated with Tennessee Williams in the feature adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer"; starred Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift

1956

Screenwriting debut, "The Catered Affair"; based on Paddy Chayefsky's play

1956

Hired as a contract screenwriter by MGM

1955

Enjoyed success with TV presentation "Visit to a Small Planet" (NBC); later adapted as a Broadway play (1957) and a film (1960)

1955

TV writing debut, an adaptation of the George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber Broadway play from the 1930s, "Stage Door"

1951

Subject of a chapter in John W. Aldridge's book <i>After a Lost Generation: A Critical Study of the Writers of Two Wars</i>, which sharply criticized his work

1948

Third novel <i>The City and the Pillar</i> caused controversy because its hero was a homosexual

1946

Published first novel <i>Williwaw</i> based upon his Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty

1942

Served in U.S. Army Reserve Corps in the Aleutian Islands

As a teenager, began writing fiction and poetry

Adopted various pseudonyms in the 1950s after <i>The New York Times</i> banned reviews of his work

Bonus Trivia

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In 1971, Vidal infuriated author Norman Mailer with a review, which resulted in a highly publicized literary feud.

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