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Shelby Foote (1916–2005)

Shelby Foote was born on November 17, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, USA as Shelby Dade Foote Jr. He is known for his work on The Civil War (1990), The Making of 'Gettysburg' (1993) and The Congress (1988). He was married to Gwyn Rainer, Peggy DeSommes and Tess Lavery. He died on June 27, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. See full bio »


(age 88) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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The Civil War
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The Making of 'Gettysburg'
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The Congress
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 1993 The Making of 'Gettysburg' (Video documentary) (commentary)
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (consultant - 9 episodes)
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... (consultant)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... (consultant)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... (consultant)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... (consultant)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... (consultant)
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 1992 Memphis (TV Movie) (novel "September September")
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 1989 Glory (special thanks)
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 1998 Tell About the South: Voices in Black and White (TV Movie documentary)
 1996 Great Drives (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself (volume 1: Highway 61)
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Shadow Ball (1994) ... Himself
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... Himself
- The Faith of Fifty Million People (1994) ... Himself
- Something Like a War (1994) ... Himself
- Our Game (1994) ... Himself
 1994 Booknotes (TV Series)
 1993 The Making of 'Gettysburg' (Video documentary)
Himself - Historian / Novelist
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself - Writer / Various / Himself / ...
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Himself - Writer / Various
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Himself - Writer / Various
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Himself / Pvt. John W. Haley
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Himself - Writer / Various
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Himself - Writer
 1988 The Congress (TV Movie documentary) (voice)
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 2017 Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Writer

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Other Works:

Playwright: "Jordan County: A Landscape in the Round" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Plot makes a story move under its own power. And to neglect plotting as a device of history is a serious mistake. Among American historians, probably my favorite is Francis Parkman. Parkman's a wonderful historian. I had not read him until late in life to realize how good he was. See more »


Children: daughter Margaret (second marriage) and son Huger (first marriage). See more »

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