30 maj 1938
Billie Letts, an American author rose to fame through her first book which got selected as an Oprah’s Book Club Pick. The New York Times best-selling author Billie was born as Billie Dean Gipson on May 30, 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents Virginia M. (Barnes) and William C. Gipson.
Although Billie hailed from a not so big city, she graduated in English from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s in Behavioural studies from South-eastern Oklahoma State University. With all the education received, she worked as a Professor at South-eastern Oklahoma State University. Billie married Dennis Letts, a Professor who later became an actor. Dennis helped editing the works of Billie.
Billie was also a short-story writer. Her first novel, ‘Where the Heart Is’ was a New York Times Best Seller and won the Walker Percy Award and Oklahoma Book Award. The book sold an amazing 3 million copies and was adapted a movie. The enormous success of the first novel made Billie to quit her teaching job and focus only on writing.
Very soon Billie’s other novels followed and were a huge success. ‘The Honk and Holler Opening Soon’, ‘Shoot the Moon’ and ‘Made in the U.S.A’ are a few of Billie’s top novels.
Billie, a very successful and America’s best loved author was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and she died on Aug 2, 2014 leaving behind her three children – Tracy Letts, an actor, Shawn Letts, a musician and Dana Letts.