Lillian Hellman


Born
in New Orleans, Louisiana, The United States
June 20, 1905

Died
June 29, 1984

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Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter famously blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52.

Hellman was praised for sacrificing her career by refusing to answer questions by HUAC; but her denial that she had ever belonged to the Communist Party was easily disproved, and her veracity was doubted by many, including war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and literary critic Mary McCarthy.

She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay which received an Academy Award nomination in 1942.

Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Ham
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The Children's Hour

3.92 avg rating — 14,358 ratings — published 1934 — 14 editions
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The Little Foxes

3.96 avg rating — 4,955 ratings — published 1939 — 13 editions
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Pentimento

3.78 avg rating — 3,722 ratings — published 1973 — 21 editions
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An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir

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Scoundrel Time

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Six Plays: The Children's H...

4.15 avg rating — 448 ratings — published 1934 — 5 editions
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Toys in the Attic

3.65 avg rating — 213 ratings — published 1959 — 4 editions
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Watch on the Rhine

3.57 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1941 — 9 editions
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Another Part of the Forest

3.54 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1948
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Maybe: A Story

3.62 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 1980 — 14 editions
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