Jim Harrison, the prolific author, poet and outdoorsman whose novella of the American frontier, “Legends of the Fall,” became a hit movie starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, has died. He was 78.
He died late Saturday at his winter home in Patagonia, Arizona, his publisher said. Morgan Entrekin, CEO of Grove Atlantic, told CNN that Harrison was in his study working on a poem.
“We are very sad to hear about his death,” Entrekin said. “He left a great body of work that is going to live on.”
Harrison was a versatile writer who authored almost 40 books, including novels, collections of poems and eloquent essays about his passion for food. He was considered a master of the novella, a short novel or long short story.
His rugged and deeply humane fiction often depicted complex men grappling with their place in the wilderness, including the forests of northern Michigan, where he grew up, and the wilds of Montana, his adopted home.
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Actress Julia Ormond chatted with HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri on Thursday, July 17, about her role in the 1995 classic, “Legends of the Fall” — you know, that film she co-starred in with a blossoming Brad Pitt, the esteemed Anthony Hopkins and “E.T.” star Henry Thomas. (Oh, Aidan Quinn was in it too).
In the movie, Ormond played Susannah Fincannon, a young woman who comes to Col. William Ludlow’s (Hopkins) remote house in Montana in the early 1900s, engaged to his youngest son Samuel (Thomas). After the war makes things more difficult though, Susannah ends up falling for Samuel’s brother Tristan (Pitt) while his other brother Alfred (Quinn) falls for her. Talk about a love trapezoid!
As for working with Pitt on the film, Ormond, now 49, said that although it was apparent producers wanted him to be the next big Hollywood heartthrob, he was resistant.
“Brad is a really good actor, he’s very intuitive,” she said. “He always kind of reminded me on set of like a racehorse that won’t run — he stays in the box when the box is open … If it doesn’t feel right to him [he won’t do it].”