Author Winston Groom, whose novel Forrest Gump was made into the vastly profitable Oscar-winning 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks, has died aged 77.
The guide, concerning the childlike optimism of a slow-thinking however kind-hearted man, received six Oscars together with finest movie and actor, plus three Golden Globes.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and in addition starring Sally Discipline and Robin Wright, it made $683m (£526m).
Groom’s loss of life was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey.
“Saddened to study that Alabama has misplaced one in all our most gifted writers,” she wrote on Fb, referencing Groom’s time at college there, graduating in 1965.
“Whereas he shall be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a gifted journalist and famous creator of American historical past. Our hearts and prayers are prolonged to his household.”
Alabama College known as Groom “one in all our legends”.
After gaining his diploma, he was within the US Military, which included a tour of responsibility within the Vietnam Battle, earlier than working as reporter. He wrote Forrest Gump in 1985 and it was printed the next yr.
The movie, seen by way of the eyes of Forrest Gump, has the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson as a backdrop, together with the Vietnam Battle and Watergate.
All through all of it, Gump’s most important need is to be reunited together with his childhood sweetheart, performed by Wright.
Memorable quotes from Forrest Gump embrace the well-known recommendation from his mom: “Life is sort of a field of goodies, you by no means know what you are gonna get.”
Groom went on to write down a follow-up in 1995 known as Gump and Co and in addition wrote non-fiction together with a guide on the American Civil Battle.