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March 16th, 2017 under Obituaries
Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller, whose romantic novel “The Bridges of Madison County” became a runaway best seller on its publication in 1992 and the basis of a popular film, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was 77, according to the New York Times.

The cause was multiple myeloma, his daughter, Rachael Waller, said.

Seeking solitude after his meteoric fame, Waller moved to a ranch near Alpine, where he lived for several years.

The high desert country provided the setting for his novels, “Puerto Vallarta Squeeze: The Run for el Norte” (1995) and “Border Music” (1995). Both sold well.

“Bridges” leapt to the top of the best-seller lists and stayed there, eventually outselling “Gone With the Wind.” It took root on The New York Times list and remained there for three years, becoming, as Entertainment Weekly put it, “The Book That Would Not Die.”

The film, released in 1995, starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and was directed by Mr. Eastwood. It was also reincarnated as a Broadway musical in 2014, starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale.

Survivors include his daughter, Rachel Waller of Alpine; his wife, Linda Bow, formerly of Alpine, a granddaughter; and his former wife, Georgia Wiedemeier Waller, also of Alpine.

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