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Winston Groom

Author of "Forrest Gump"

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 Winston Groom Biography

"Forrest Gump" has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone on the heels of its blockbuster movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks. The book has also been reprinted in at least thirteen countries.

The idea for the character of "Forrest Gump" came from Groom's father, who knew a man who was slow-witted but whose mother taught him to play the piano. Groom believes that Gump shows that one does not have to be smart or rich to have dignity. The film grossed over $700 million, garnered six Academy Awards and gave birth to numerous tie-in products.

In addition to Forrest Gump and Gump & Co., Groom's novels include "Better Times Than These," the award-winning "As Summers Die," which was made into a movie starring Bette Davis, "Gone the Sun" and "Only." He is also the co-author of "Conversations with the Enemy," a non-fiction account of the experience of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam, brilliantly rendered and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His novel, "Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl," was published in 1999. He has also written "The Crimson Tide," a pictorial history of football at the University of Alabama, which was published in 2000.

As well as being a talented novelist, Groom is also a serious student of history. One of his books, the prize-winning "Shrouds of Glory" is a meticulous, atmospheric history of the little known, but very dramatic, Western Campaign of the Civil War, inspired by tales of his great-grandfather who fought for the Confederate Army. "A Storm in Flanders," his riveting World War I history book, was published in the spring of 2002.

Groom graduated from the University of Alabama, where he edited the campus humor magazine, The Mahout. Following college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served in Vietnam with the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for The Washington Star before becoming a full-time author. He holds several honorary PhD degrees as a Doctor of Humane Letters. He has written for numerous magazines, including Vanity Fair, Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine and contributed editorial articles to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Winston Groom Biography

"Forrest Gump" has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone on the heels of its blockbuster movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks. The book has also been reprinted in at least thirteen countries.

The idea for the character of "Forrest Gump" came from Groom's father, who knew a man who was slow-witted but whose mother taught him to play the piano. Groom believes that Gump shows that one does not have to be smart or rich to have dignity. The film grossed over $700 million, garnered six Academy Awards and gave birth to numerous tie-in products.

In addition to Forrest Gump and Gump & Co., Groom's novels include "Better Times Than These," the award-winning "As Summers Die," which was made into a movie starring Bette Davis, "Gone the Sun" and "Only." He is also the co-author of "Conversations with the Enemy," a non-fiction account of the experience of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam, brilliantly rendered and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His novel, "Such a Pretty, Pretty Girl," was published in 1999. He has also written "The Crimson Tide," a pictorial history of football at the University of Alabama, which was published in 2000.

As well as being a talented novelist, Groom is also a serious student of history. One of his books, the prize-winning "Shrouds of Glory" is a meticulous, atmospheric history of the little known, but very dramatic, Western Campaign of the Civil War, inspired by tales of his great-grandfather who fought for the Confederate Army. "A Storm in Flanders," his riveting World War I history book, was published in the spring of 2002.

Groom graduated from the University of Alabama, where he edited the campus humor magazine, The Mahout. Following college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served in Vietnam with the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for The Washington Star before becoming a full-time author. He holds several honorary PhD degrees as a Doctor of Humane Letters. He has written for numerous magazines, including Vanity Fair, Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine and contributed editorial articles to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Winston Groom for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Winston Groom, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Winston Groom or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Winston Groom?

    Booking fees for Winston Groom, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Winston Groom, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Winston Groom?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Winston Groom for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Winston Groom for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Winston Groom or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Winston Groom or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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