Ben Hecht

 

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Ben Hecht was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films and as a prolific storyteller, authored thirty-five books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the Hollywood screenwriter", someone who "personified Hollywood itself. " The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures. " Born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Wisconsin. At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where in his own words he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops" and "tasted more than any fit belly could hold"

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Ben Hecht

Born 1894-02-28 (128 years ago) in New York City. Dead 1964-04-18 (70 years).

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement Writers Guild of America Awards 1980 1981
Academy Award for Best Story (The Scoundrel) 8th Academy Awards 1935 The Scoundrel
Academy Award for Best Story (Underworld) 1st Academy Awards 1928 Underworld
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Notorious) 19th Academy Awards 1946 Notorious
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Angels Over Broadway) 13th Academy Awards 1940 Angels Over Broadway
Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (Wuthering Heights) 12th Academy Awards 1939 Svindlande höjder
Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (Wuthering Heights) 12th Academy Awards 1939 Svindlande höjder
Academy Award for Best Story (The Scoundrel) 8th Academy Awards 1935 The Scoundrel
Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (Viva Villa!) 7th Academy Awards 1934 Viva Villa!
Academy Award for Best Story (Underworld) 1st Academy Awards 1928 Underworld
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Rose Caylor(Gifta: 1926–1964-04-18) 1926 1964-04-18 Gifta
Marie Armstrong(Gifta: 1916-11–1926-02-27) 1916-11 1926-02-27 Gifta
Children

Jenny Hecht, Edwina Armstrong

Parents

Sarah Swernofski, Joseph Hecht

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Ben Hecht was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films and as a prolific storyteller, authored thirty-five books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the Hollywood screenwriter", someone who "personified Hollywood itself." The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures." Born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Wisconsin. At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where in his own words he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops" and "tasted more than any fit belly could hold". In the 1910s and early 20s, Hecht became a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and literary figure.

Later, Hecht was the first screenwriter to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld.

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