Lillian Hellman

(1905_1984 / New Orleans, Louisiana)

Lillian Hellman
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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).
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