Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American author of plays, screenplays, and memoirs and throughout her life, was linked with many left-wing political causes.
Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a Jewish family. Her mother was Julia Newhouse of Demopolis, Alabama and her father was Max Hellman, a New Orleans shoe salesman. Julia Newhouse's parents were Sophie Marx, of a successful banking family, and Leonard Newhouse, a Demopolis liquor dealer. During most of her childhood she spent half of each year in New Orleans, in a boarding home run by her aunts, and the other half in New York City. She studied for two ... more »
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''I'm good at embroidery. It's what I always wanted to do.... Yep, instead of whoring, I just wanted to do fancy embroidery.''Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. Another Part of the Forest, Act 2 (1946). Spoken by the character named Laurette Since...
''... some people are democrats by choice, and some by necessity.''Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. Another Part of the Forest, Act 2 (1946). Said by the character named Marcus Hubbard, ...
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-cen...Lillian Hellman (1907-1984), U.S. playwright. An Unfinished Woman, ch. 13, entry for April 30, 1967 (1969).
''Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.''Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. Julian, in Toys in the Attic, act 1 (1959).
''They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.''Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. New York Times (Feb. 21, 1960).