Elmore Leonard

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Birthday
11, 1925
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Aug 20, 2013 (87)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
11, 1925
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Aug 20, 2013 (87)

About

American crime fiction, pulp fiction, and western fiction writer whose most famous works, including Get Shorty and Rum Punch, were adapted into films. He received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award in 2008 and the National Book Award in 2012.

Before Fame

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and spent a portion of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in English and philosophy and began working as a copy writer.

Trivia

The Quentin Tarantino film, Jackie Brown, was based on Leonard's 1992 novel, Rum Punch.

Family Life

He had two daughters and three sons with his first wife, Beverly Claire Cline. Following his 1977 divorce from Cline, he was married twice more: to Joan Shepard and Christine Kent.

Associated With

His novel, Hombre, was made into a film starring Paul Newman.