Tulsa Native, Famous Author Billie Letts Passes Away

Tulsa native and famous author Billie Letts passed away Saturday morning at Saint Francis hospital after a short illness.

Letts had four critically-acclaimed novels: "Where the Heart is," "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon," "Shoot the Moon" and "Made in the U.S.A."

"Where the Heart is" reached number one on the New York Times paperback best seller list and was made into a film, featuring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd.

Letts was born in Tulsa and was a retired teacher at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. She started writing at age 54. She won the Walker Percy Literary Award in 1994 in New Orleans and won the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction in 1996 and 1999.

Tracy Letts, one of Billie's three sons, gained international fame with his Broadway play, August: Osage County, which has since been made into a film. He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

"Her family and friends are devastated by this sudden loss," said a spokesperson.

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