In a country that is fiercely loyal and nationalistic Mr Vidal gained notoriety for critcising governments and long before homosexuality was generally accepted, "coming out of the closet".
Born at West Point, New York on October 3, 1925, his was a privileged youth. His family credentials, according to USA Today included:
"His father was a former West Point football star, was the military academy's first aviation instructor. He also was one of the founders of TWA, the airline giant, and had a love affair with Amelia Earhart.
Vidal's mother was an actress and socialite who, according to her son, had an "on-and-off affair with Clark Gable."
As a boy, Vidal lived in Washington, D.C., with his namesake, his maternal grandfather, Oklahoma's legendary blind senator, Thomas P. Gore."
Gore Vidal died following following pneumonia and an extended period of ill health. He remained a controversial character to the end pouring scorn on politicians and modern life. RIP