Larry L. King, best known for writing "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," passed away Thursday at a retirement home in Washington, where he has been residing for the past six months. His wife said that he had emphysema.
Barbara Blaine, King's wife, said that despite his illness he never forget to makes other people happy.
‘‘One of the things that I will always remember about Larry is that he remained funny all the way through this illness,’’ she said.
In 1974, he wrote a famous piece about the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange for "Playboy" magazine, which was then turned into the hit musical, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," directed by Tommy Tune.
Later, in 1982, a movie version of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" was released and starredand Burt Reynolds.
He will be remembered for his West Texas roots when it comes to style of his writing. King was described by the late, great Willie Morris as someone with a "deep and abiding commitment to American and authentic American Values."
“His certain knowledge of his origins informs his point of view and his prose style,” "New York Times" book critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in a review of King’s 1971 memoir, “Confessions of a White Racist.” “And this confidence in his roots is what makes King’s writing so alive, dramatic, warm, and funny.”
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