Lillian Hellman

Highest Rated: 100% The Little Foxes (1941)
Lowest Rated: 80% The Chase (1966)
Birthday: Jun 20, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
Lillian Hellman was one of the more popular and influential playwrights of the '30s and '40s. Her dramas were often politically oriented or socially conscious, and frequently centered on taboo subjects such as lesbianism, as in The Children's Hour, or getting away with murder, as in Little Foxes. Later she became a screenwriter, and not only adapted a few of her own plays to film, but also the work of others such as her distinguished screen version of Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play Dead End. In the early '50s, Hellman was called to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee, but she refused to testify saying "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions." As a result she was blacklisted. Later in life she began writing autobiographies. The first, An Unfinished Woman (1969) chronicled her long-time relationship with author Dashiell Hammett; the second Pentimento (1973) was a chronicle of her attempts to smuggle money into Nazi Germany to help out a struggling, victimized friend. Pentimento was later adapted into the film Julia (1977).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Rehearsal Actor 1974
80% The Chase Screenwriter 1966
86% The Children's Hour Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack) Screenwriter 1943
80% Watch on the Rhine Screenwriter 1943
100% The Little Foxes Screenwriter 1941
89% Dead End Screenwriter 1937
100% These Three Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Dark Angel Screenwriter 1935


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