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Lillian Hellman

Highest Rated:   100% The Little Foxes (1941)
Lowest Rated:   80% The Chase (1966)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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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