Billie Letts

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Billie Letts
Born Billie Dean Gipson
(1938-05-30)May 30, 1938
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died August 2, 2014(2014-08-02) (aged 76)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, educator
Spouse(s)
Dennis Letts
(m. 1958; d. 2008)
Children 3, including Tracy Letts

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.

Early life[edit]

Letts was born as Billie Dean Gipson[1] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Virginia M. (née Barnes), a secretary, and William C. Gipson.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

She married Dennis Letts, a professor and actor, in 1958.[1] The couple had three children: Dana, Tracy (a playwright), and Shawn (a jazz musician/composer).[4][5] Dennis Letts served as editor for his wife's novels.[1][6] He died of lung cancer in Tulsa on February 22, 2008, aged 73.[1][6]

Death[edit]

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]

Novels[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "TV and film actor Dennis Letts dies". Tulsa World. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Billie Jean Gipson Letts (1938–2014) – Find A Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Letts, Billie 1938–". highbeam.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Letts family information Archived April 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., twbookmark.com; accessed August 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Excerpt from Playbill Archived March 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.; accessed August 13, 2014.
  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, nytimes.com, August 5, 2014; accessed August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Dee Duren. "Best-Selling Oklahoma Author Billie Letts Dies". NewsOn6.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Billie Letts". www.fantasticfiction.co.uk. 
  10. ^ "Interview With Billie Letts". 

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