Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is the American author that wrote To Kill A Mockingbird which was published on July 11, 1960. It was immediately successful and won a Pulitzer Prize. The events and characters in the book were loosely based on events and people from the author’s childhood.
In 1962 Horton Foote wrote a screenplay based on the book and used the same title for the 1962 film adaptation. The movie earned eight Academy Award nominations and won four awards.
“On November 5, 2007, George W. Bush presented Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the highest civilian award in the United States and recognizes individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” (Source: Wikipedia)
On May 3, 2013, Harper Lee filed a lawsuit in federal court against the son-in-law of her former agent to reassign the copyright of To Kill A Mockingbird back to her. She says that he had taken advantage of her failing health years before, after she suffered a stroke, to trick her into signing the copyright over to him and a company he controlled.
Harper Lee at www.biography.com