Gore Vidal Dead at 86: Celebrities React

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Gore Vidal Dead at 86: Celebrities React

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Another day, another sad loss in the literary and entertainment world. Author and playwright Gore Vidal passed away Tuesday night at his home in the Hollywood Hills, according to his nephew, Burr Steers. He was 86.

Vidal published hundreds of essays and novels during his career, including "The City and The Pillar," one of the first books to feature openly gay characters when it was published in 1948. He was also known for his sharp tongue and cynical ways - he openly criticized fellow authors like Joyce Carol Oates, calling her name "the three saddest words in the English language."

His happiest words? "I told you so."

The author also talked openly about his sexual appetite, revealing that he had over 1,000 sexual encounters during his life. He was also a fan of other forms of debauchery, revealing that he liked to drink and tried every major drug during his life.

Vidal's legacy will be his words, good and bad. Many celebrities who took to Twitter used just those words to remember a complex and outspoken man.

LeVar Burton

"Gore Vidal... You were always the smartest guy in any room. God Bless and may flocks of Angels guide thee to thy rest!!!" the former "Reading Rainbow" star tweeted.

Michael Moore

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal," the controversial filmmaker wrote.

Jake Shears

"'Camp is nothing but another word for someone who hasn't got any talent.' RIP Gore Vidal. A truly great American original. What a legacy," the Scissor Sisters singer tweeted.

Martha Plimpton

"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little." Gore Vidal," the actress and comedian tweeted.

Mike Druker

"In all seriousness, RIP Gore Vidal. You would've hated us all memorializing you on Twitter, and that's exactly why we loved you," the writer and comedian added on Tuesday night.

Bret Easton Ellis

"My favorite Gore Vidal tweeter eulogy: @bryangreenberg: 'RIP GoreVidal:(' followed by 'New Bourne trailer looks dope.' Gore would approve," the director mused on Tuesday night.

Ricky Gervais

"'..to rid one's self of this consciousness..nothing wrong with that..' Gore Vidal RIP," the comedian tweeted on Tuesday morning.

What is your favorite Gore Vidal work or quote?

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