Gore Vidal, 3 October 1925, American writer, known for many popular screenplays, plays and novels, as well as other literary works. In 1958, his play The Death of Billy the Kid was adapted for the screenplay of The Left Handed Gun. Two years later, Vidal wrote the popular play The Best Man (1960). Among Vidal’s most famous works are his 1960s books Julian and Myra Breckinridge. He won the National Book Award; and 1995 memoir, Palimpsest. Gore Vidal Biography and Profile.