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Leigh Brackett (1915–1978)


Died of cancer after writing the first version of the script of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Because it was an unfinished script, George Lucas revised her draft and engaged Lawrence Kasdan to finish the screenplay. See more trivia »

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 1996 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Video Game) (story)
  The Rockford Files (TV Series) (story by - 1 episode, 1975) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Four Pound Brick (1975) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
 1975 Archer (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Body Beautiful (1975) ... (writer)
 1973 The Long Goodbye (screenplay)
 1970 Rio Lobo (screenplay)
 1967 El Dorado (screenplay)
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- Terror at Northfield (1963) ... (teleplay)
- Death of a Cop (1963) ... (teleplay)
 1962 Hatari! (screenplay)
 1962 13 West Street (novel "The Tiger Among Us")
  Checkmate (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Face in the Window (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1959 Rio Bravo (screenplay)
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Eye for an Eye (1958) ... (novel)
 1954 The Unholy Four (novel)
 1946 Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (screenplay)
 1946 The Big Sleep (screen play)
 1945 The Vampire's Ghost (original story) / (screenplay)

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Other Works:

Novel: "Stranger at Home". NOTE: Ghost-written for George Sanders. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Writing a film is like building a brick wall. You have a plan and you have the blocks. Then, somebody says, 'I think we'll take this stone out of here and put it over there. And while we're at it, let's make this stone red and that stone green.' You still have to keep the story's general shape, but you change the details. It took me a long time, but I finally learned how to do that. It was ... See more »


Howard Hawks thought Leigh Brackett was a good writer because according to him she wrote "like a man". See more »


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