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Thu 2 Aug, 2012
By Robert Ingham

Never shying away from controversy, he lived his life in the public eye

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Gore Vidal, the controversial author and playwright has died at the age of 86.

With a career spanning seven decades, his renowned caustic wit came through in 25 novels, short stories, Broadway and West End plays, TV plays and films.

Never shying away from controversy, he lived his life in the public eye and even ran for Congress in the 1960s and for US Senate in the 1980s, to no avail.

However, after 9/11, he returned on blistering form, with leaflets and documents criticising the following war on Iraq.

Broadway Theatres will dim their lights on 3rd August as a sign of respect to the extraodinary man, and the cast of his play The Best Man, currently on Broadway, will dedicate next week performances to his memory.

The second revival of The Best Man opened in April to strong reviews, and stars Cybill Shepherd, John Stamos, Kristin Davis, Mark Blum and Elizabeth Ashley, in addition to John Larroquette and James Earl Jones.

Set in 1960s Philideplhia during a ficitonal national conventionSet in Philadelphia, the play sees two candidates standing for the presidential nomination and sees how far they will go to win. "It is filled with poetry about what it means to be human," said Davis. "We will think of him and everything he contributed to life."


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