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Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Hotchner was close friends with Ernest Hemingway and Paul Newman and wrote memoirs about each of them.
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Author-playwright A.E. Hotchner has died at age 102.

Hotchner was a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film.

He also wrote bestselling biographies of Doris Day and Sophia Loren and a book about his childhood, "King of the Hill," later adapted into a Steven Soderbergh movie.

He collaborated with Cy Coleman on the musical, "Let 'Em Rot!" When he was 100, he wrote the detective novel "The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom." 

At 101, he adapted Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" for the stage.

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