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Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford's novels have been translated into twenty-two languages. His book Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati in Italy. Additionally, he has received awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, and the Writers Guild of America. David Lynch's film Wild at Heart, based on Gifford's novel, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. He and Lynch collaborated on the HBO anthology Hotel Room in 1993 and co-wrote Lost Highway in 1997. In 1997, Gifford's novel Perdita Durango was also made into a feature film by Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia.

Gifford's recently wrote The Phantom Father, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Wyoming, a Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year, has been adapted for the stage and film. He also penned American Falls: The Collected Short Stories. Gifford's work has appeared in Punch, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sport, The New York Times, El Pais, Refoma, and Projections.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Barry Gifford Facts

BirthdayOctober 18, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch
Lost Highway
This Is Spinal Tap
Sci-Fi Double Feature: Contact / Sphere
Charlie Rose with David Lynch, Dennis Hopper & Nicholas Cage; Robert Thurman & Natalie Merchant
City of Ghosts
Dance with the Devil
Playboy: The Best of Pamela Anderson
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