Robert James Waller


Age: 77

author whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a Broadway musical (the Eastwood-directed 1995 movie grossed $182 million worldwide), but the novel reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list as a literary phenomenon that was famously written in 11 days and stayed on it for over three years longer than any work of fiction since The Robe, a novel about Jesus's crucifixion published in the early 1950's.

Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

Born: August 1, 1939

Died: March 10, 2017

Fredericksburg, Texas