Billie Letts

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Billie Dean Letts (née Gipson; May 30, 1938 – August 2, 2014) was an American novelist and educator. She was a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.


She was married to professor-turned-actor Dennis Letts until his death in 2008. The couple had three children: Dana, Tracy and Shawn (a jazz musician/composer).[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Letts was born as Billie Dean Gipson[3] in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She married Dennis Letts, a professor and actor, in 1958.[3] Dennis Letts served as his wife's editor for her own novels.[3][4] He died of lung cancer in Tulsa on February 22, 2008, aged 73.[3][4]


Billie Letts died in a Tulsa hospital from pneumonia on August 2, 2014, aged 76. She had recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.[5][6]


  • Where the Heart Is (1995)
  • The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (1998)
  • Shoot the Moon (2004)
  • Made in the U.S.A. (2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Letts family information,; accessed August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Excerpt from Playbill; accessed August 13, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "TV and film actor Dennis Letts dies". Tulsa World. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-00. 
  4. ^ a b "Dennis Letts, 73, a Professor Who Became Broadway Actor, Dies". New York Times. Associated Press. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  5. ^ Obituary for Billie Letts,, August 5, 2014; accessed August 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Dee Duren. "Best-Selling Oklahoma Author Billie Letts Dies". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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