Gene Hackman in Asheville

by Fred Ray on June 23, 2008 · 0 comments

What’s a celeb sighting got to do with the Civil War? Seems Hackman has now retired from acting and is now into writing about the Late Unpleasantness. He’ll be appearing at a local book store. Haven’t made up my mind whether I’ll go or not (it costs money), but there’s a review of the book here.

Hackman and his writing partner Daniel Lenihan will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday to promote their book “Escape From Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War.” Tickets are $10, which admit two people to the reading, and include a $5 discount toward the purchase of the book.

Hackman has had a long and very successful film acting career. He won Academy Awards for Best Actor for the 1972 classic “The French Connection,” and Best Supporting Actor for the 1993 Clint Eastwood western “Unforgiven.” He was also Oscar-nominated for “Mississippi Burning,” “I Never Sang For My Father” and “Bonnie and Clyde.”

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