- Robert W. Haynes
Foote, Horton (14 Mar. 1916–5 Mar. 2009), playwright and screenwriter, was born Albert Horton Foote, Jr., in Wharton, Texas, a cotton-farming town sixty miles southwest of Houston. His father, Albert Senior, ran a men’s clothing store in the small town. Young Horton’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Albert C. Horton, who had served as Texas’s first elected lieutenant governor, had been a planter with extensive holdings but had lost almost all his property during the Civil War. His mother, Harriet Brooks Foote, was also from a locally distinguished family, though, unlike his father’s family, her family had money. Foote’s father was a diligent and responsible man who achieved a modest level of comfort for his family, proudly declining offers of assistance from his wife’s parents, who had opposed their daughter’s marriage to him. This background became an essential source of the playwright’s artistic material....