'Where the Heart Is' Author Billie Letts Dies at 76

10:13 AM PST 08/03/2014 by The Associated Press

The best-selling author died on Saturday after a brief illness.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.

Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness. Letts was 76.

Letts' novels include Where the Heart Is, which was turned into a movie starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusak. Letts also taught English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

She is survived by sons Dana Letts, Shawn Letts and Tracy Letts.

Johnson says funeral services are pending.

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