Lillian Hellman

Date of Death: June 30, 1984 (79)

Birth Place: New Orleans, LA, USA

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Lillian Hellman BIO

Lillian was born in New Orleans, grew up in New Orleans and New York City and attended New York University and Columbia. Her career as a playwright began in 1934 with The Children's Hour, the first of several plays that would bring her international attention and praise, among them The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, Another Part of the Forest, The Autumn Garden and Toys in the Attic. Hellman was twice the recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the best play of the year (for Watch on the Rhine and Toys in the Attic). She was also awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1972 a definitive edition of all her work for the theatre was published as The Collected Plays. Hellman received the National Book Award for An Unfinished Woman in 1969. She subsequently wrote two additional volumes of autobiography, Pentimento and Scoundrel Time. In the decade before her death in 1984, Hellman divided her time between New York and Martha's Vineyard.

Lillian Hellman Productions

[West End, 2022]
[Broadway, 1952]
[Broadway, 1949]
[Broadway, 1946]


Source Material

Lillian Hellman Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 2011 - Outstanding Revival

Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes

Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Play

Lillian Hellman, Toys in the Attic

Lillian Hellman Videos

Lillian Hellman News

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Previews: THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at Allways Lounge

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Video: On the Red Carpet for SUMMER, 1976 Opening Night

Check out footage from the opening night red carpet of MTC's Summer, 1976!

Photos: Inside Opening Night of SUMMER, 1976

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Summer, 1976, opened last night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the big night here!

Review Roundup: Laura Linney & Jessica Hecht Star In SUMMER, 1976 On Broadway

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Summer, 1976, opens tonight at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Read reviews for the production!

SUMMER, 1976 Will Be Recorded For Release on Audible

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Summer, 1976 opens tonight on Broadway. The production will be recorded and released on Audible later this year, extending its reach to millions of listeners around the world.

Video: Watch Highlights from SUMMER, 1976 on Broadway

Previews are underway for Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Summer, 1976, which has been extended for two weeks through Saturday, June 10 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Watch the cast in action in this video!

SUMMER, 1976 Extended for Two Weeks on Broadway

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Summer, 1976 starring Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht, will be extended for two weeks. Learn how to purchase tickets!

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Photos: First Look at Laura Linney & Jessica Hecht in SUMMER, 1976

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Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Opera Festival to Return for 16th Year This Summer

Arcola Theatre has announced the full programme of productions in the 2023 Grimeborn Opera Festival, which is returning for its 16th year.


Lillian Hellman has written 13 shows including The Children's Hour (Playwright), Days to Come (Playwright), The Little Foxes (Playwright), Watch on the Rhine (Playwright), The Searching Wind (Playwright), Another Part of the Forest (Playwright), Montserrat (Playwright), Regina (Source Material), The Autumn Garden (Playwright), Candide (Bookwriter), Toys in the Attic (Playwright), My Mother, My Father and Me (Playwright), Toys in the Attic (Playwright).

Lillian Hellman has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Revival at The Lortels for "The Little Foxes." She also received nominations for Best American Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for both "Toys in the Attic" and "Watch on the Rhine." Additionally, she was nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards for "Toys in the Attic."

Lillian Hellman has won several awards for her work in the theater. She received the Best American Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for her plays "Toys in the Attic" and "Watch on the Rhine". These accolades recognize Hellman's exceptional talent and contribution to American theater.

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