Horton Foote To Deliver Public Lecture March 19

March 11, 2003

Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Horton Foote will deliver a public lecture, "Writing with a Sense of Place," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Jones Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building on the Baylor University campus. Foote, who was named Visiting Distinguished Dramatist at Baylor in October, also will teach in residence during the week.

Born in Wharton, Texas, in 1916, Foote received his first Academy Award in 1962 for his screenplay of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and his second in 1983 for "Tender Mercies." He received a Pulitzer Prize for his play "The Young Man from Atlanta."

In 1989, he was the recipient of The William Inge Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater. More recent honors include a Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy of Arts and Letters, an Emmy Award for his television adaptation of William Faulkner's "The Old Man," induction to the Theater Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer's Guild of America. He received the National Medal of Arts Award from President Bill Clinton.

Beginning in 2004, the university will sponsor the Horton Foote Playwrights Festival, an annual week-long drama event, and will present the Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award.

Foote's lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (254) 710-1861.

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