Broadway to Dim Lights for Foote

Playwright Horton Foote, writer Harper Lee and actor Robert Duvall attend Signature Theatre Company honors Horton Foote on the eve of his 90th birthday.

Playwright Horton Foote, writer Harper Lee and actor Robert Duvall attend Signature Theatre Company honors Horton Foote on the eve of his 90th birthday.

Broadway's lights will dim for one minute tonight in tribute to playwright Horton Foote. Foote, whose more than 50 plays and films chronicled small-town life in America, died yesterday at age 92. The son of a Texas haberdasher and a piano teacher, Foote stayed close to his roots. He often wrote about Wharton, Texas, in a style that many called 'homespun.'

Horton Foote's passion for putting dramas of ordinary Americans on stage and screen won him the Pulitzer Prize and two Academy Awards. WNYC's Sara Fishko spoke at length with Foote in 2000.



Horton Foote told WNYC that he never had any question about becoming a writer.

"Of my many blessings, I think perhaps the ones I'm as grateful for as any...that I've always known what I wanted to do. And I think the saddest thing to me is to see certain of my friends who've never known what they wanted to do, really. so they had no real drive or passion in that sense."

In addition to his plays, Foote was also known for his screenplays for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Tender Mercies” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”