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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Writers

    Jackie Collins: Born: 1937-10-04 - Died: 2015-09-19
    Jackie Collins was a writer known best for her romance novels. She wrote 32 novels in all, and they all appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, which is a pretty incredible feat. Her books have sold over 500 million copies. They’ve been translated into 40 languages. 8 novels have been adapted for the […]
    Frank D. Gilroy: Born: 1925-10-13 - Died: 2015-09-12
    Frank D. Gilroy was a playwright, screenwriter, and film producer and director. He won a Tony Award for best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject Was Roses in 1965. His plays included: The Middle World, The Viewing, Getting In, Who’ll Save the Plowboy?, The Subject Was Roses, Far Rockaway, […]
    Wes Craven: Born: 1939-08-02 - Died: 2015-08-30
    Wes Craven was a film director, writer, producer, and actor best known for creating what are considered some of the most landmark horror films of all time, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, and Scream. Other well-known titles include: The Hills Have Eyes, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs, […]
    Ann Rule: Born: 1930-10-22 - Died: 2015-07-26
    Ann Rule was a writer best known for her true crime work. She is best known as the author of The Stranger Beside Me, a book about serial killer Ted Bundy. Her book Small Sacrifices, which was about Oregon child murderer Diane Downs is also well known. Much of Rule’s work centered around murder cases […]
    Ingrid Sischy: Born: 1952-03-02 - Died: 2015-07-24
    Ingrid Sischy was a South African writer and art critic with a focus on art, photography and fashion. She was best known as the editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine from 1989 to 2008. She and her partner Sandra Brant were international editors for Vanity Fair.
    James L. White: Born: NA-NA-NA - Died: 2015-07-23
    James L. White was a screenwriter best known for writing the 2004 film Ray as well as Empress of the Blues and an untitled Dinah Washington biopic. He had received special recognition at the 25th Annual Tree of Life awards for outstanding screen writing for Ray. According to a report from Deadline, White’s attorney said […]
    E. L. Doctorow: Born: 1931-01-06 - Died: 2015-07-21
    Edgar Lawrence “E. L.” Doctorow was an American author known for his historical fiction. He began his career as an editor at NAL, where he worked with Ian Fleming and Ayn Rand. He became editor-in-chief of The Dial Press in 1964, where he published works from James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Ernest J. Gaines, and William […]
    Terry Pratchett: Born: 1948-04-28 - Died: 2015-03-12
    Sir Terry Pratchett was an English writer who specialized in fantasy novels. His massive Discworld series, about a world contained in a flat disc resting atop elephants (and a turtle), contains 40 books. Pratchett’s work was comic and satirical, and he was prolific. His books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide.
    David Carr: Born: 1956-09-08 - Died: 2015-02-12
    David Carr was a very famous writer known best for his work with The New York Times, where he wrote the Media Equation column and covered culture. Carr was born in Minneapolis, and went to the University of Minnesota, where he majored in psychology and journalism. Prior to his work at the Times, he was […]
    Mike Nichols: Born: 1931-11-06 - Died: 2014-11-19
    Mike Nichols was an American director, writer, and producer whose direction of the 1968 classic The Graduate won him an Academy Award. Nichols was a Hollywood heavyweight, directing films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Nichols, who was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931, […]
    Nadine Gordimer: Born: 1923-11-20 - Died: 2014-07-13
    Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer and activist whose works took on racially-charged themes, especially apartheid in her home country. Her famous novels include 1974’s The Conservationist, 1979’s Burger’s Daughter, 1981’s July’s People, and 1987’s A Sport of Nature. She also wrote numerous collections of short fiction and essays. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize […]
    Walter Dean Myers: Born: 1937-08-12 - Died: 2014-07-01
    Walter Dean Myers was an author of children’s and young adult books with over a hundred of them to his name. Among his most well-known are Fallen Angels, Sunrise Over Fallujah, and Monster.
    Ruby Dee: Born: 1922-10-27 - Died: 2014-06-11
    Ruby Dee was an actress, writer, journalist, and civil rights activist. Among her acting credits were roles in A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster, and Stephen King’s The Stand. Throughout her career, she won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards.
    Rik Mayall: Born: 1958-03-07 - Died: 2014-06-09
    Richard “Rik” Mayall was a comedian, writer, and actor. He was known for a comedy partnership with Adrian “Ade” Edmondson as well as Drop Dead Fred (he was Fred) and numerous other projects.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Born: 1927-03-06 - Died: 2014-04-17
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Nobel Prize-winning author. He wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
    Sue Townsend: Born: 1946-04-02 - Died: 2014-04-10
    Sue Townsend was an English writer who is best known for creating the character Adrian Mole, a teenager whose story she told through a series of pieces written in the form of a diary. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was later turned into a television series. Townsend was also a successful novelist, playwright, and […]
    Rynn Berry: Born: 1945 - Died: 2014-01-09
    Rynn Berry, 68, was a vegan book author that penned books on vegetarian lifestyles in New York City. His most famous work – The Vegan Guide to New York City – made him a well-known name among vegetarian circles. This success led to him becoming an international speaker on the history of vegetarianism. His last […]
    Doris Lessing: Born: 22-10-1919 - Died: 17-11-2013
    Doris Lessing was a British playwright, novelist, and short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. Her works include “The Grass is Singing” (1950), “Children of Violence” (series, 1952–69), “The Golden Notebook” (1962), and “The Good Terrorist” (1985). In 2008, the Times included her on a list called “The 50 greatest […]
    Tom Clancy: Born: 1947-04-12 - Died: 2013-10-01
    Tom Clancy was a writer, who wrote seventeen bestselling novels. His work typically dealt with espionage and military storylines often related to the Cold War. In addition to his numerous books, his work inspired movies like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears and video […]
    Marcella Hazan: Born: 1924-04-15 - Died: 2013-09-29
    Marcella Hazan was an Italian author famous for her English-language cookbooks, including the The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating. Hazan became known as an expert in Italian cooking and won numerous awards for her cookbooks.
    Seamus Heaney: Born: 1939-04-13 - Died: 2013-08-30
    Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet best known for collections such as Death of a Naturalist and The Spirit Level. His most famous writing centered on the conflict between the British and the Irish throughout the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995.
    Elmore Leonard: Born: 1925-10-11 - Died: 2013-08-20
    Elmore Leonard was a novelist and screenwriter with numerous well-known works, many of which that became well-known films. He wrote Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which would be adapted for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. His short stories were also the source for films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall […]
    Martin Manley: Born: 1953-08-15 - Died: 2013-08-15
    Martin Manley, 60, was a sports writer for the Kansas City Star. Aside from his work at the newspaper, he also helped create the NBA’s Efficiency Index. His final claim to fame was creating a Web site that detailed his reasons for committing suicide.
    Jack Germond: Born: 1928-01-30 - Died: 2013-08-14
    Jack Germond, 85, was a famous political columnist. He was most well known for his work at The Baltimore Sun, but he was involved in everything from newspapers to television. For a while, he regularly appeared on The McLaughlin Group. His final act was finishing up his first novel, “A Small Story For Page Three,” […]
    Elisabeth Maxwell: Born: unknown - Died: 07-08-2013
    Elisabeth Maxwell was the widow of British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, whose mysterious death left her broke when insurance companies refused to pay out. She eventually educated herself on the Holocaust in memory of her late husband–who lost several family members during that time–and started the journal “Holocaust and Genocide Studies”. She received her doctorate […]
    Richard Matheson: Born: 1926-02-20 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Richard Matheson was a hugely influential writer specializing in (but not limited to) science and horror fiction. Among his most popular titles are I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return, and A Stir of Echoes. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone.
    Gary David Goldberg: Born: 1944-06-25 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Gary David Goldberg, 68, was most well know for creating Family Ties. The popular 1980s sitcom is remembered for many things, but one of the standouts is that it launched Michael J. Fox’ career. After Family Ties, Goldberg went on to create Spin City, Brooklyn Bridge, Dad, Bye Bye Love and Must Love Dogs.
    Vince Flynn: Born: 1966 - Died: 2013-06-19
    Vince Flynn, 47, was a best-selling author of political thrillers. Most of his books followed the exploits of Mitch Rapp – an under-cover CIA counter-terrorism agent. The first book in the series – Term Limits – was released in 1997. The last book in the series – The Survivor – may or may not be […]
    Jack Vance: Born: 28-08-1916 - Died: 26-05-2013
    Jack Vance was an American sci-fi author who sometimes wrote under the name Ellery Queen. Vance wrote more than sixty books throughout his career and sometimes crossed genres, moving into the realm of fantasy. He was the recipient of numerous awards for his work and for his memoir, “This Is Me, Jack Vance!”
    Hal McClure: Born: 1921 - Died: 2013-05-26
    Hal McClure, 92, was a famous AP journalist that covered two wars in Israel during the 1960s and 70s. Beyond his war coverage, he was a respected foreign correspondent that worked in numerous foreign countries for 21 years. After retiring as a journalist, McClure became a documentary film maker.