SC Pulitzer Prize-winning Pollock biographer dies

From staff and wire reportsApril 10, 2014 


— The co-author of a Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the artist Jackson Pollock has died.

Gregory White Smith died Thursday in his home from a brain tumor. He was 62.

Funeral director Greg Edwards of the George Funeral Home in Aiken confirmed Smith's death, as did family attorney Elizabeth Petit.

Petit said the cause of death was a brain tumor that Smith battled for almost 40 years. Petit said Smith died in the Aiken home he shared with his partner and co-author, Steven Naifeh.

Smith and Naifeh's biography of the artist, “Jackson Pollock: An American Saga,” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991, a year after it was published. It was also the basis of the Academy-Award winning film “Pollock” starring Ed Harris.

Petit said the two men wrote 18 books together, including, “Van Gogh: The Life,” published in 2011.

Both graduates of the Harvard Law School’s class of 1977, the two were also the founders and editors of the print and online product Best Lawyers Inc. They also founded and managed Best Doctors Inc. from 1994 until 2000.

They had been profiled in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Harvard Magazine, and People, as well as on CBS's “60 Minutes.” They have appeared on many television programs, including “Oprah,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” and “Charlie Rose.”

The Associated Press contributed.


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