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Gore Vidal

Gore VidalAKA Eugene Luther Vidal, Jr.

Born: 3-Oct-1925
Birthplace: West Point, NY
Died: 31-Jul-2012
Location of death: Hollywood Hills, CA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [2]
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Visit to a Small Planet

Military service: US Army Reserve (1943-46)


[1] Famously quipped "I'm a born-again atheist." According to Frank Conniff, "Gore Vidal dreaded the idea of an afterlife, because it would mean he'd have to see Norman Mailer again."

[2] Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: from World War II to the Present Day (2000), pages 421-22. But perhaps the public's first knowledge of this fact is an infamous television interview. Following the Chicago Police attack on demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention, Vidal debated William F. Buckley on ABC on 28 August 1968. Buckley took the side of the police, and Vidal that of the demonstrators. The debate ended sour with Vidal sparring, "As far as I am concerned, the only pro or crypto-Nazi I can think of is yourself." Buckley interrupted, "Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered." Recounted in Gore Vidal, "A Distasteful Encounter with William F. Buckley, Jr.", Esquire, September 1969.

Father: Gene Vidal
Mother: Nina Gore (alcoholic)
Boyfriend: Jimmie Trimble (d. 1-Jun-1945, Battle of Iwo Jima)
Slept with: Jack Kerouac

    High School: St. Albans School, Washington, DC
    High School: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

    The Times Literary Supplement Contributor
    Academy of Achievement (2006)
    America First Committee
    The Independent Institute Advisory Board
    Institute for Policy Studies Senior Scholar
    National Secular Society Honorary Associate
    National Book Award for Nonfiction 1993 for United States: Essays 1952-1992
    Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Episode in a TV Series, Suspense, "Smoke" (1954)
    Libel lawsuit filed by William F. Buckley (1968), dropped (1971)
    Knee Replacement
    Risk Factors: Obesity

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Salinger (5-Sep-2013) · Himself
    Shrink (5-Feb-2009) · George Charles
    Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11 (15-Jun-2008) · Himself
    Obscene (9-Sep-2007) · Himself
    The U.S. vs John Lennon (31-Aug-2006) · Himself
    Inside Deep Throat (11-Feb-2005) · Himself
    Why We Fight (2005) · Himself
    Gattaca (24-Oct-1997) · Director Josef
    Shadow Conspiracy (25-Jan-1997)
    The Celluloid Closet (13-Sep-1995) · Himself
    With Honors (29-Apr-1994) · Pitkannan
    Bob Roberts (4-Sep-1992)

Author of books:
Williwaw (1946, novel)
The City and the Pillar (1948, novel)
Julian (1964, novel)
Washington, D.C. (1967, novel)
Myra Breckenridge (1968, novel)
Reflections on a Sinking Ship (1969, essays)
Burr (1973, novel)
1876 (1976, novel)
Creation (1982, novel)
The Second American Revolution (1982, essays)
Lincoln (1984, novel)
Empire (1987, novel)
Armageddon (1987, essays)
Hollywood (1990, novel)
Live from Golgotha (1992, novel)
Screening History (1992, essays)
United States: Essays 1952-1992 (1993, essays)
Palimpsest (1995, memoir)
The Smithsonian Institution (1998, novel)
The Golden Age (2000, novel)
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 (2001, essays)

Wrote plays:
Visit to a Small Planet (1955)
The Best Man (1960)


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