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Born in Long Beach, California, USA
Died in Dana Point, California, USA
Birth NameHarry Wilson Lawton

Mini Bio (1)

Born on December 11, 1927, Harry Lawton grew up in Long Beach, California where he developed a passion for reading and writing during childhood. After high school, Lawton enrolled at University of California in Berkeley to study Journalism. There, he also wrote for its newspapers and magazines. Always a visionary, he opened the famous Haunted Bookstore in Berkeley, which specialized in rare Western Americana. Harry then moved to Riverside where he was hired as a reporter for The Press-Enterprise. While writing for the newspaper, he got interested in a story about Willie Boy, a Pauite-Chemehuevi Indian who falls into a forbidden love story. The tragic true story got Lawton's attention immediately. He then spent the next three years researching on the Morongo Indian Reservation in the California Desert. The result became the award winning novel "Willie Boy: a Desert Manhunt" (1960) which was later made into a movie, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), starring Robert Redford. Enormously respected by his fellow writers, Lawton was very active in the preservation of the Native American Community. He helped found the California Museum of Photography; The Malki Museum, and also the Malki Press, a non-profit organization responsible for publishing books about Native Americans in California. He founded the Creative Writing Program and the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology at University of California. Lawton died on November 20, 2005 in Dana Point, California. A month later a celebration of his life was held in Riverside, honoring his great contribution to the California History.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ariel Shapiro

Spouse (1)

Georgeann Lawton (14 February 1952 - 20 November 2005) (his death)

Trivia (16)

At UC Riverside from 1965 until his retirement in 1991 he worked as a writer, editor, administrative analyst and Management Services Officer in the College of Natural and Agricultural Services.
He ran a bookstore in Berkeley, California, and later became a newspaper journalist. He had strong ties with the local American Indian community. He was a co-founder of the Malki Museum on the Morongo Indian Reservation, and helped establish the Malki Museum Press, which publishes books about California Indians.
He helped found the California Museum of Photography.
Founder of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology.
Created the Creative Writing Program at University of California.
Besides being a writer, journalist, historian and editor, Harry Lawton was also a philanthropist.
Lawton was totally against wars, prejudice and intolerance.
Was a Human Rights activist.
Supported several charities, although in life he always preferred anonymity.
Father of writer, producer and director J.F. Lawton.
Met wife Georgeann at UC Berkeley.
Was an advocate for issues related to dyslexia and ADHD.
Was an Animal Rights activist.
Worked as a writer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Father-in-law of journalist, writer and LGBT activist Paola Lawton.
His daughter-in-law, Paola Lawton, is a graduate from New York University.

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