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Lillian Hellman (1905–1984)

During the 1930s, it was fashionable to be a part of the radical political movement in Hollywood. Lillian Hellman devoted herself to the cause along with other writers and actors in their zeal to reform. Her independence set her apart from all but a few women of the day, and gave her writing an edge that broke the rules. Born in New Orleans in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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The Little Foxes
The North Star
These Three
These Three Writer
Watch on the Rhine


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 2002 Ernest & Bertram (Short) (play "The Children's Hour")
 1991 Candide (TV Movie) (lyrics)
 1982 Kaikki tulevat päivät (TV Movie) (play Days to Come)
 1977 Julia (based upon the story by)
 1972 Another Part of the Forest (TV Movie) (play)
 1972 Alta comedia (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971/I Montserrat (TV Movie) (english adaptation)
 1968 Hora once (TV Series) (1 episode)
- La loba (1968)
 1966 The Chase
 1965 Le piccole volpi (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 Primera fila (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- La loba (1964) ... (play)
 1963 Toys in the Attic (based upon the stage play)
 1962 Festival (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Lark (1962) ... (teleplay)
 1962 Die kleinen Füchse (TV Movie) (play)
 1961 The Children's Hour (adaptation) / (play)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1960) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Autumn Garden (1960) ... (play)
- Montserrat (1958) ... (adaptation)
- Another Part of the Forest (1957) ... (play)
 1958 Die kleinen Füchse (TV Movie) (play)
 1957 Montserrat (TV Movie) (scenario)
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie) (play adaptation)
 1956 The Little Foxes (TV Movie) (play)
 1956 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 First Performance (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Montserrat (1955) ... (adaptation)
 1954 Montserrat (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1953 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- No Caminho da Vida (1953) ... (play)
- Raposas (1953) ... (play)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Little Foxes (1951) ... (play)
 1949 Tonight on Broadway (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Montserrat (1949) ... (play)
- Regina (1949) ... (play)
 1946 The Searching Wind (play) / (screenplay)
 1943 The North Star (original story and screenplay)
 1943 Watch on the Rhine (additional scenes and dialogue) / (from the stage play by)
 1941 The Little Foxes (by) / (screen play)
 1940 The Westerner (uncredited)
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1937 Dead End (screen play)
 1937 The Spanish Earth (Documentary) (story - uncredited)
 1936 These Three (original story and screen play) / (play "The Children's Hour" - uncredited)
 1935 The Dark Angel (screen play)
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Other Works:

Stage: Adapated 'Emmanuel Robles'' play, "Montserrat," at the Vanbrugh Theatre Club in a RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) production in London, England, with Hugh Ross, David Bradley, Desmond McNamara and Richard Beckinsale in the cast. Heinz Bernard was director. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Articles | See more »

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[on Norma Shearer] A face unclouded by thought. See more »


She wrote the script for the original version of Leonard Bernstein's musical version of Voltaire's satirical classic "Candide", but the show was unsuccessful at the time, and the blame was placed largely on Hellman's script, which was declared too serious and bitter. It had also introduced incidents not in Voltaire's original novel, and had eliminated many of the novel's comic incidents, so a new... See more »

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