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 Letts, a playwright, and Shawn (a jazz musician/composer).[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Letts was born as Billie Dean Gipson[3] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Virginia M. (Barnes), a secretary, and William C. Gipson.[4][5] She married Dennis Letts, a professor and actor, in 1958.[3] Dennis Letts served as his wife's editor for her own novels.[3][6] He died of lung cancer in Tulsa on February 22, 2008, aged 73.[3][6]


Billie Letts died in a Tulsa hospital from pneumonia on August 2, 2014, aged 76. She had recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.[7][8]


  • 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 Archived April 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Excerpt from Playbill Archived March 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.; 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.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Billie Jean Gipson Letts (1938–2014) – Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Letts, Billie 1938–". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Dennis Letts, 73, a Professor Who Became Broadway Actor, Dies". New York Times. Associated Press. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  7. ^ Obituary for Billie Letts,, August 5, 2014; accessed August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Dee Duren. "Best-Selling Oklahoma Author Billie Letts Dies". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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