Paul Monette

Paul Monette, television writer and award-winning novelist who is best known for his personal chronicling of AIDS, died Feb. 10 in Los Angeles of complications from the disease he wrote about with such emotion and insight. He was 49.

Born in Lawrence, Mass., Monette attended Yale U. He moved to L.A. in 1977 and began to write screenplays.

For TV, he wrote one of the final episodes of “thirtysomething,” in which a character reveals he is gay. He wrote novelizations of several films, including “Nosferatu” (1979), “Scarface” (1983), “Predator” (1987), “Midnight Run” (1987) and “Havana” (1990).

He received numerous awards for his fiction, including the Lambada Literary Award for “Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir,” a National Book Award for “Becoming A Man: Half a Life Story,” the PEN Center West Freedom to Write Award and the GLAAD Visibility Award.

His most recent novel, “Halfway Home,” is in development.

Monette is survived by his companion, Winston Wilde.

Services were held Feb. 19 at the Directors Guild of America. Donations to Starcross, 34500 Annapolis Road, Annapolis, CA 95412.

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