Harper Lee


Age: 89

novelist and author of To Kill a Mockingbird whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film as the book sold more than 40 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American (it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 and turned Lee into a literary celebrity in a role she found oppressive and never learned to accept) whose success of the film version, which was released in 1962 with Gregory Peck in the starring role of Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, had only added to her fame, and who also published her second best-selling novel Go Set a Watchman in 2015 even though its reviews were lukewarm.

Cause of Death: In her sleep

Born: April 28, 1926

Died: February 19, 2016

Monroeville, Alabama