Horton Foote’s distinguished career in American theater, film, and television spans more than fifty years. Born in Wharton, Texas, he moved to New York to study acting, but he soon turned to playwriting and was rewarded with his first Broadway production in 1944 at the age of twenty-eight.
His success as a playwright led to television, for which he wrote some of the finest drama of its Golden Age, and ultimately to his career in screenwriting. His plays include Only the Heart, The Chase, The Trip to Bountiful, Traveling Lady, Cousins, The Death of Papa, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Clare, and The Young Man from Atlanta. Screenplays he has worked on include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chase, Tender Mercies, Nineteen-Eighteen, and The Trip to Bountiful.
Among his many awards are the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.