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Name: Horton Foote  
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Date of Birth: 14th March 1916
Place of Birth: Wharton, Texas, USA
Profession: Writer
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Horton Foote (born March 14, 1916 in Wharton, Texas), is an American author and playwright, most noted for his 1983 Oscar-winning screenplay Tender Mercies. He also won an Oscar for his adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird in 1962. He wrote the screenplay and play The_Trip_to_Bountiful and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Young Man From Atlanta.

On December 20, 2000, President Bill Clinton conferred the National Medal of Arts on Mr. Foote and noted that his six-decade-long, award-winning career established him as the nation's most prolific writer for stage, film, and television. Clinton mentioned Foote's many awards including two Academy Awards, an Emmy, a Burkey Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, the Lucille Lortel Award, and his induction into both the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Before placing the medal around Foote's neck, the President observed: "Believe it or not, the great writer Horton Foote got his education at Wharton-but not at the Wharton Business School. He grew up in the small town of Wharton, Texas. His work is rooted in the tales, the troubles, the heartbreak, and the hopes of all he heard and saw there. As a young man, he left Wharton to become an actor and soon discovered the easiest way to get good roles was to write the plays yourself. And he hasn't stopped since. Among other things, he did a magnificent job of adapting Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird for the silver screen, and writing his wonderful The_Trip_to_Bountiful and so many other tales of family, community, and the triumph of the human spirit. Today, we honor him for his lifetime of artistic achievement and excellence."

Without question, Horton Foote has enriched American literature with his unique writing style and his truthful examinations of the human condition. Besides the awarding works already listed, he has written a score of notable plays, teleplays, and films such as The Chase, The Traveling Lady, The Habitation of Dragons, Night Seasons, The Roads to Home, Tomorrow, The Orphans Home Cycle, Talking Pictures, Dividing the Estate, Of Mice and Men, Alone, Vernon Early, Laura Dennis, and The Young Man From Atlanta (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), to name only a few.

In the spring of 2004, the Baylor University Department of Theatre Arts sponsored the first Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival, a semi-annual celebration of American Playwrighting, honoring the festival namesake. Mr. Foote was honored as the first recipient of the Horton Foote American Playwrighting Award.

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