Horton Foote, whose playwriting spanned sixty years, and whose “The Trip to Bountiful” had celebrated productions in theater, television, and film, has died at the age of 92. He was an Emmy-winner for the miniseries Old Man and an Academy Award winner for his screenplays of To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play “The Young Man From Atlanta.”
His Archive interview, conducted in 1999, is available here (except part 1):
Tip: At the beginning of Part 4 of his interview he spoke about the inspiration for “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Horton Foote discussed his work writing for “live” television dramatic anthology series. He talked about his relationship with producer Fred Coe who started him in television and later worked with him on the Goodyear-Philco Television Playhouse. Mr. Foote described in detail several of his benchmark television efforts during the “Golden Age of Television” including: Goodyear Television Playhouse: “The Trip to Bountiful,” Philco Television Playhouse: “A Young Lady of Property,” 1st Person Playhouse: “Death of the Old Man,” Studio One: “The Traveling Lady,” Playhouse 90: “The Old Man,” and Playhouse 90: “Tomorrow.” He spoke of the many talented actors who appeared in these productions including: Kim Stanley, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Eva Marie Saint, Steven Hill, Sterling Hayden, and Geraldine Page; as well as the creative directors of these shows, including: Vincent Donehue, Delbert Mann, Arthur Penn, John Frankenheimer, and Robert Mulligan. He also talked about his later television work for PBS, including adaptations from his “Orphans Home Cycle” (series of 9 plays); his writing for cable television; his feature film work, and close association with actor Robert Duvall; and his continuous writing for the stage. Mr. Foote also fondly remembered his childhood in Wharton, Texas, which has had a lifelong influence on his writing.