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Winston Groom death: Tributes paid to Forrest Gump author as he dies aged 77

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Tributes have been paid to Forrest Gump author Winston Groom, who has died aged 77.

His novel about a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama was adapted into a 1994 blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks in the lead role.

Forrest Gump was a cultural sensation and grossed more than 683 million dollars (about £527 million) at the global box office on its way to winning six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Hanks.

Groom’s death was confirmed by Alabama governor Kay Ivey.


Forrest Gump author Winston Groom has died aged 77 (AP)

“Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers,” she said.

“While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist & noted author of American history. Our hearts & prayers are extended to his family.”


Groom graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 before a spell in the US Army, which included a tour of duty in the Vietnam War.

In its tribute, the university called him “one of our legends”.

Following the success of Forrest Gump, Groom wrote a follow-up, 1995’s Gump and Co.

As well as fiction, Groom, a former journalist, also wrote non-fiction on a range of subjects, including the American Civil War.

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The Great British Baking Show Returns Next Week With 100 Percent Less Tent

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We’ll be the ones giving Paul Hollywood a handshake this time: The Great British Baking Show has not only finished filming its upcoming 11th season amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Netflix will be premiering the new season on September 25. (We did the math … only a few more days!) Per an article in Radio Times, though, expect some noticeable differences to adapt to our new normal. The show’s signature countryside tent wasn’t used at all, with the bakers, judges, presenters (there’s a new one), and crew all forced to quarantine and remain in a “biosphere” for six weeks at a nearby hotel. And unlike the previous format of bakers sneaking away from family and friends to film Baking Show on the weekends, this season was filmed consecutively for nearly two months.

“Everything was complicated, everything was different,” an executive producer explained to Radio Times, “but everybody wanted to do it.” Ensuring the safety of ingredients was integral, too — no morsel of butter or teaspoon of flour was spared upon delivery. “They cleaned all the packages, left them under UV lights, and they were then packaged and sent by courier,” another executive producer explained. “When the packages arrived, the bakers then had to clean them again.” Ready, set, bake responsibly.

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AEW TNT Title Match And A Big Six-Man Tag Match Announced For Next Week’s Dynamite

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It was announced on tonight’s AEW Dynamite that AEW World Champion Jon Moxley will team up with Darby Allin and Will Hobbs (who signed with AEW today) against Lance Archer, Brian Cage, and Ricky Starks on next week’s show. This is a bit of a preview as Moxley is set to defend his title against Archer on October 14.

Also announced, Brodie Lee vs. Orange Cassidy for the AEW TNT Championship.

Below is the rest of the lineup for next Wednesday’s show:

* Jon Moxley, Will Hobbs, and Darby Allin vs. Lance Archer, Brian Cage, and Ricky Starks

* Brodie Lee (c) vs. Orange Cassidy (AEW TNT Championship)

* AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida and NWA Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa vs. Diamante and Ivelisse

* Chris Jericho to appear live

Check out our live coverage of tonight’s show by clicking here!

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