His wife, “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl, said it was taking place at Gilli in Houston in the late 1970s. Identifying the cultural movement was his favorite achievement.
LOS ANGELES:- Aaron Latham, a screenwriter, journalist, and author, whose Esquire magazine story inspired the 1980 smash “Urban Cowboy”. He died on July 23 in Pennsylvania from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78 years old.
Latham married to “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl. He died at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr Pa. Stahl and the couple’s daughter, Taylor Stahl Latham, producer of the Apple TV+ drama “Servant,” accompanied him.
A Good Start as a Writer at The Washington Post
“He loved two things. He loved being a writer and he loved being a father.” Stahl told Variety, noting that he got a good start as a writer at The Washington Post And from there move on to even greater achievements.
Also inspired about the aerobics exercise craze
A Texas native, Latham known for writing novels set in the Old West. His magazine journalism also inspired the 1985 film “Perfect,” about the aerobics exercise craze of the moment. The film reunited Latham with the “Urban Cowboys” team of screenwriter-director James Bridges and star John Travolta. He was also involve in the 1993 film “The Program”. It starred James Caan, Halle Berry and Omar Epps and focused on the season of a fictional college football team.
Latham’s novels include 2001’s “Code of the West”, which transfers the legend of King Arthur to Hardscrabble Texas, and 2004’s “The Cowboy with the Tiffany Gun”.
His life as a screenwriter was very rich.
Stahl says that Latham was earlier an intellectual. He received his PhD at Princeton with a dissertation that he wrote about F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood. “Hollywood was in his head even that long ago,” Stahl said, even as he took a winding path to make his mark on screen. “I think his life as a journalist, as a playwright, as a screenwriter was very rich.”
His interest in writing Latham West began at an early age.
Latham grew up in West Texas, where his interest in writing began at an early age. He commented in a Texas Monthly article that as a child he would make “stories in the form of cartoons”. Then, regarding his decision to take up writing as a career, he said that he raised “with the idea that writers were the great heroes of the world, and I wanted to be my mother’s hero.”
Famous Gilli’s Nightclubs Outside Houston
Latham was buried in Spur, Texas. Joe is in a small town about 75 minutes outside of Lubbock, the character played by Travolta in “Urban Cowboy”. Stahl told Variety that Latham considered “Urban Cowboys” his favorite achievement—the cultural moment he identified as unfolding at the famous Gilly’s nightclub outside Houston. Stahl and Stahl Latham played the film’s soundtrack for him in his final hours.
In addition to writing books, Latham also contributed to publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Esquire.