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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 Memphis (1992), Baseball (1994) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). 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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Memphis Writer
Baseball Himself
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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 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode #29.15 (1990) ... Himself - Guest
- Episode #29.6 (1990) ... Himself - Guest
 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:

Article: "The Novelist's View of History: Expressionism". in " Mississippi Quarterly", pp.219-225. (article) See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Personal Quote:

It would be nice to talk to Lincoln. He'd really talk to you. Maybe run circles around you. Not like others who you figure would be mostly rhetoric. See more »


He joined the Mississippi National Guard as a protest to Hitler's war. His writings were interrupted when the guard was mobilized by draft in the year 1940. By 1942, Foote was commissioned and promoted to Captain. However, while at a base in Northern Ireland, Shelby was accused of insubordination because he was in Belfast without leave, visiting the Irish girl whom he later married. In 1944, ... See more »

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