Billie Letts: Biography

Billie Letts

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.