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Barry Gifford

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Occupation  Author
Nationality  American

Name  Barry Gifford
Role  Author
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Born  October 18, 1946 Chicago, Illinois, United States (1946-10-18)
Movies and TV shows  Wild at Heart, Lost Highway
Books  Wild at Heart, Sailor & Lula: The Complete, The Up‑Down, The Roy Stories, Lost highway
Similar People  Lucian Georgescu, David Lynch, Diane Ladd, Mary Sweeney, Jorge Guerricaechevarria

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Barry Gifford (born October 18, 1946) is an American author, poet, and screenwriter known for his distinctive mix of American landscapes and film noir- and Beat Generation-influenced literary madness.


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Gifford is best known for his series of novels about Sailor and Lula, two sex-driven, star-crossed protagonists on the road. The first of the series, Wild at Heart, was adapted by director David Lynch for the 1990 film of the same title. Gifford went on to write the screenplay for Lost Highway with Lynch. Perdita Durango was adapted into film by Alex de la Iglesia. Gifford also writes non-fiction.

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Life and career

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Gifford was born in a Chicago hotel room in 1946. His father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish Catholic background. Gifford's father was in organized crime, and he spent his childhood largely in Chicago and New Orleans living in hotels. After college he joined the Air Force Reserves. After a short stint pursuing a possible career in baseball, Gifford focused on writing, both as a journalist and a poet.

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Gifford's fourth novel, Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula, caught the eye of director David Lynch, who adapted it into the screenplay and movie Wild at Heart. The movie won the Palme d'Or, the highest honor, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. The success of this film boosted interest in Gifford's novels.


  • Wild at Heart (novel only) (1990)
  • Hotel Room (screenplay, episodes "Blackout" and "Tricks") (1993)
  • Lost Highway (screenplay, with David Lynch) (1997)
  • Perdita Durango (screenplay, with David Trueba, Álex de la Iglesia, and Jorge Guerricaechevarría) (1997)
  • City of Ghosts (screenplay with Matt Dillon and Mike Jones) (2002)
  • The Phantom Father (2011)
  • References

    Barry Gifford Wikipedia