Forrest Gump Author Winston Groom Dies Aged 77 | American News

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Tributes were paid to Forrest Gump author Winston Groom, who died at the age of 77.

Groom’s novel about a slow but generous man from Alabama was adapted into a Hollywood movie in 1994.

Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of Gump, and the film itself won six more Oscars – including Best Picture – after grossing more than $ 683 million (£ 527 million) at the box office global.

He became a cultural sensation and in 2011 was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry.

Winston Groom. Photo: Alex Berliner / BEI / Shutterstock
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Winston Groom, pictured in 1995. Photo: Alex Berliner / BEI / Shutterstock

Groom’s death was confirmed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

She said, “Sad to hear that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers. ”

“Although he is remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist and renowned author of American history.

“Our hearts and prayers are extended to his family. ”

Groom graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 before a stint in the United States Army, which included a period of service during the Vietnam War.

In his tribute, the university called him “one of our legends”.

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Tom Hanks received an Oscar for his role in the film

After the success of Forrest Gump, Groom wrote a follow-up, 1995’s Gump and Co.

Groom, a former journalist, has also written non-fiction on a range of topics, including the American Civil War.

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