Saturday, November 10, 2007

Peter Viertel, R. I. P.

PETER VIERTEL | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Nation: "Peter Viertel, the novelist, memoirist and screenwriter best known for his books chronicling episodes in the lives of author Ernest Hemingway and film director John Huston, has died. He was 86.

Mr. Viertel died of lymphoma Sunday in the Spanish coastal resort of Marbella, according to Paula Kane, a family friend.

His death came less than three weeks after his wife of 47 years, actress Deborah Kerr, died in Suffolk, England, also at 86.

A formidable figure and bon vivant, Mr. Viertel drew upon his relationships with Mr. Hemingway and Mr. Huston – two larger-than-life friends – in his books, the novel White Hunter, Black Heart (1953) and the memoir Dangerous Friends: At Large With Hemingway and Huston in the Fifties (1992)."


Anonymous said...

you hear of marriage like this one. one-in-a-billion-marriages i think they're called. people so married they even die together. it's so off the chart, so out of the norm, why is it even called marriage? it's obviously something else. something better. why is it given the same word that the other nine hundred million torture chamber versions of whatever this is - have.

Unknown said...

Sort-of related, I was just reading about Van Williams (The Green Hornet, among other things) and his wife, who have been married well over 40 years. Kind of unusual for a Hollywood marriage.