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Terry Southern

EW remembers Terry Southern — The famed satirist succombs to respiratory failure

EW remembers Terry Southern

Terry Southern died of respiratory failure on Oct. 29 at age 71. The author, with Mason Hoffenberg, of the parodic porn novel Candy (1964), Southern had difficulty finding a home for his savage wit later in life. But at his peak in the '60s, his talents graced the page and the screen. Among his feats:

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Columbia TriStar): With Stanley Kubrick, he concocted this terrifyingly funny anti-nuke film and got a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination. A+

The Magic Christian (1969, Republic): Southern and some future Monty Pythoners adapted his novel about greed. Underrated at the time, it's now a hilarious curio. B+

Easy Rider (1969, Columbia TriStar): He received his other Oscar nomination for this biker classic, with its memorable counterculture monologues. A-

Originally posted Nov 10, 1995 Published in issue #300 Nov 10, 1995 Order article reprints