The “writer,” who deprived Truman Capote his rightful praise for actually penning the masterpiece, died in a nursing home that she had lived in since suffering a stroke in 2007. Her terribly altruistic publisher, HarperCollins, announced Lee’s death on Friday. This is the same publisher who insisted that even though Lee spent the better part of 50 years insisting she would never publish another book, that she relented in 2015, and agreed to let her “long-lost-but-newly-discovered manuscript” for “Go Set a Watchmen,” a sequel to “Mockingbird” that was actually written first, be published.
After the incredible success of “Mockingbird,” for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Lee was rumored to have written a number of other books that were also turned into films, with varying degrees of success. Those films include “The Godfather,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” “RECOiL” and “Batman Returns.”
But because Lee refused to grant interviews, it is possible that the world will never truly know the extent of her involvement, or lack thereof, in writing these films.