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Helene Hanff (1916–1997)

Growing up during the depression in Philadelphia, she was in a family that lived for the theater - her father was a shirt salesman who took the family to plays every week. All she ever wanted to do was to be a playwright. She could only afford a year of college, but all her life continued to learn as an avid reader. She left Philadelphia for New ... See full bio »

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Playhouse 90 Writer


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 1987 84 Charing Cross Road (book)
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series) (book - 1 episode)
- 84, Charing Cross Road (1975) ... (book)
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (adapted by - 1 episode)
- Apple of His Eye (1959) ... (adapted by)
  Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (adaptation - 6 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (written by - 5 episodes, 1956 - 1958) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (writer - 3 episodes, 1956 - 1957)
- The Riddle of Mary Murray (1958) ... (written by)
- The Little Minister (1957) ... (adaptation)
- Aesop and Rhodope (1957) ... (written by)
- Emma (1957) ... (teleplay)
- The Heart's Desire (1957) ... (writer)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Male Animal (1958) ... (written by)
 1955 Aimee De Rivery (TV Movie) (written by)
 1955 Soldier's Bride (TV Movie) (written by)
 1955 The Pirate and the Lawyer (TV Movie) (written by)
 1954 Lady in the Wings (TV Movie) (written by)
 1954 The Reluctant Redeemer (TV Movie) (writer)
 1954 The Armour-Bearer (TV Movie) (writer)
 1954 Petticoat Revolution (TV Movie) (writer)
 1954 The Ordeal of Thomas Jefferson (TV Movie) (writer)
 1954 The Hands of Clara Schumann (TV Movie) (writer)
 1953 Aesop and Rhodope (TV Movie) (writer)
 1952-1953 The Adventures of Ellery Queen (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Dead Secret (1953)
- The Long Shot (1952)
 1953 No Man Is an Island (TV Movie) (writer)
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 1980 Friday Night, Saturday Morning (TV Series)
- Episode #3.3 (1980) ... Herself
 1963 Girl Talk (TV Series)
- Episode dated 29 January 1963 (1963) ... Herself

Personal Details

Other Works:

Her play, "84 Charing Cross Road", was performed at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, England with Rosemary Leach, David Swift and Charmian May in the cast. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | See more »

Alternate Names:

Herman Knight

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Her former apartment house at 301 E. 72nd Street in New York has been named "Charing Cross House" in her honor. A brass plaque at the entrance commemorates her residence and her authorship of the book.

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