Billie Letts

  • Died: August 2, 2014
  • Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.

'Where the Heart Is' author dies

The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.

Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness. Letts was 76.

Letts' novels include "Where the Heart Is," which was turned into a movie starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusak. Letts also taught English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

She is survived by three sons — Dana Letts, musician Shawn Letts and playwright and actor Tracy Letts. Tracy Letts won a Pulitzer Prize for his play "August: Osage County," which was also made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Johnson says funeral services are pending.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I know this is quite some time after the passing of Mrs. Billie Letts, but I want to express my gratitude towards such an amazing lady. I was attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1988 and had the privilage of Mrs. Letts being my English Professor. She actually intimidated me at first but I quickly overcame that fear when I realized she was REALLY teaching me. To this day I am inspired by her presence in my life at that time. In fact, I still have all of my papers that I wrote with her wonderful RED pen marks!

Posted by Sherry Golden - Georgetown, TX - Student   July 03, 2018

Please bring back Inhale with Steve Ross I used to do it with my mom every night, and he is so far the only yoga instructor that doesn't drive me innsae! I need to do yoga but cant seem to unless I can have fun with it, I would settle for even a DVD

Posted by Dennis - cotK0LO0OivW, MT - hbKq1GJ4xY   September 12, 2015

I loved Where the Heart Is and wrote to Ms Letts after I finished reading this wonderful novel when it first came out, and was so very happy and surprised when I received a note from her in return. That she took the time to respond to me spoke volumes. Marilyn Koperniak, Chicago IL

Posted by Marilyn Koperniak - Chicago, IL - fan of the author   August 23, 2014

Dr. Letts was ESL teacher, I have being teaching Spanish for 25 years, loved her soo much. Four year ago she called me, what a surprise and told me how much she loved me and how proud she was of all my achievements, and a week later a got a copy if her book in Spanish, signed by her, what a proud moment when a got it!!!!

Posted by Patricia Vieira baroody - Hugo, OK - ESL student 1980   August 16, 2014

Death has a very painful sting but the bible gives comfort because it assures us that death is temporary. Not only will death be done away with, but the bible also assures us that our loved ones will be resurrected into a beautiful paradise -- a world in which there will be no suffering or death. I look forward to meeting Billie there.

Posted by M. Cephas - NC   August 09, 2014

Billie, you will be missed. Give Dennis a big hug.

Posted by Kay McClure-Abell - Sherman, TX - friend   August 04, 2014


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Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.