Death of Gore Vidal

October 3, 1925 - July 31, 2012
Los Angeles, California | Age 86

Celebrated author & playwright dies
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HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press

In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.

But Vidal made his living — a very good living — from challenging power, not holding it. He was wealthy and famous and committed to exposing a system often led by men he knew firsthand. During the days of Franklin...

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