**FILE** Author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 1974. Vidal died July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 1974. Vidal died July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. (Associated Press)