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Lillian Hellman

 
Date Of Birth:
June 20, 1905
Date Of Death:
June 30, 1984 (79)
Birth Place:
New Orleans, LA, USA
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, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 20, 1905
Date of Death: June 30, 1984 (79)

Birth Place: New Orleans, LA, USA

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, ... (read complete bio)

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[Broadway, 1952]
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[Broadway, 1949]
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[Broadway, 1946]
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Roberta Maxwell (Lillian Hellman), Dick Cavett, Marcia Rodd (Mary McCarthy); (backgro Photo

Roberta Maxwell (Lillian Hellman), Dick Cavett, Marcia Rodd (Mary McCarthy); (background, l-r) Rowan Michael Meyer (Ryan), Peter Brouwer (Lester) and Jeff Woodman (Burt)

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03/20/2014
Rowan Michael Meyer (Ryan) and Roberta Maxwell (Lillian Hellman)  Photo

Rowan Michael Meyer (Ryan) and Roberta Maxwell (Lillian Hellman)

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03/20/2014
Lillian Hellman leaving Elaines's Restaurant in New York City. 1984 Photo

Lillian Hellman leaving Elaines's Restaurant in New York City. 1984

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12/19/2013

 

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Productions

[Broadway, 1952]
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[Broadway, 1949]
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[Broadway, 1946]
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Lillian Hellman Biography

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 Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2011 - Outstanding Revival
Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1960 - Best American Play Gold Star
Lillian Hellman, Toys in the Attic
 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Play
Lillian Hellman, Toys in the Attic
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1941 - Best American Play Gold Star
Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine

Lillian Hellman News

L.A. Theatre Works to Release Recording of ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD in S Photo L.A. Theatre Works to Release Recording of ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2022

L.A. Theatre Works has added Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to its collection of state-of-the-art audio theater, the largest library of its kind in the world. Rosalind Ayres directs Tom Stoppard’s wildly witty and inventive, Tony Award-winning first play, which is available for pre-order now and for digital download beginning September 2.

5 Books Every Directing Student Should Read Photo 5 Books Every Directing Student Should Read
by Carian Lynée Parker - Jul 26, 2022

Whether you want to direct in a community theatre setting or be the next hit Broadway director, every directing student must have a strong educational foundation. While learning from experience is always beneficial, there is nothing wrong with taking direction (no pun intended!) from the directing pros. Here are the top five directing books that every directing student should read at least once in their life!

FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season Photo FreeFall Announces 2022/2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale for freeFall's 2022/2023 season. Two world premieres, the return of a holiday favorite, A Sherlock Holmes adventure, A Neil Simon romantic comedy and an exciting co-production with our friends at Ebony Rep in Los Angeles makes up just some of the exciting programming Tampa Bay audiences can experience for as low as $29 a month.

Encore Performance Announced For 4 SEASONS TOTAL SH!TSHOW Photo Encore Performance Announced For 4 SEASONS TOTAL SH!TSHOW
by Stephi Wild - Jul 7, 2022

4 Seasons Total Sh!tshow, a world premiere written by Aaron Michnowski, was a total success, garnering multiple praise from the media.   This production is produced and directed by Hiro Korsgaard.  Original material based on alternative facts.

South Coast Repertory Announces 2022-23 Season Photo South Coast Repertory Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 28, 2022

South Coast Repertory announced today its 2022-23 season, which centers around a bold rotating repertory of two plays written 80 years apart with common themes—one an American classic, the other a contemporary hit—one world premiere musical, one world premiere drama, a play with music featuring the hits of Nina Simone and a new take on a children's classic.

Mint Theater's American Premiere of CHAINS Opens Tomorrow Photo Mint Theater's American Premiere of CHAINS Opens Tomorrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2022

Now, more than two years after it was first announced, the cast of Chains will celebrate Opening Night on Thursday June 23rd, at Theatre Row. Performances will now continue through July 23rd.

New York City Center Encores! 2023 Season Will Include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with R Photo New York City Center Encores! 2023 Season Will Include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with Ruthie Ann Miles, OLIVER! and DEAR WORLD with Donna Murphy
by Team BWW - Jun 14, 2022

Full programming for New York City Center’s 2022 – 2023 Season was announced, including Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, Jerry Herman’s 1969 musical Dear World and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! See the full schedules and how to get tickets!

COMPANY's Patti LuPone Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a F Photo COMPANY's Patti LuPone Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Patti LuPone has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for COMPANY.

Photos: First Look at Mint Theater's American Premiere of CHAINS Photo Photos: First Look at Mint Theater's American Premiere of CHAINS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

Director Jenn Thompson stepped behind the camera during recent rehearsals to create a rare behind the scenes photo gallery of Mint Theater's American Premiere of Chains by Elizabeth Baker before it begins performances. Check out photos!

L.A. Theatre Works' Audio Theater Adaption Of THE SUN ALSO RISES Launches This Month Photo L.A. Theatre Works' Audio Theater Adaption Of THE SUN ALSO RISES Launches This Month
by A.A. Cristi - May 16, 2022

L.A. Theatre Works, the world's leading producer of audio theater, has commissioned and recorded an audio adaptation by the BBC's Kate McAll of The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

Lillian Hellman Videos

VIDEO: Patti LuPone Shares Memories of Working With Stephen Sondheim and More on LATE VideoVIDEO: Patti LuPone Shares Memories of Working With Stephen Sondheim and More on LATE NIGHT
by Stephi Wild - Dec 14, 2021

Patti LuPone was a guest on last night's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, which she shared some of her memories working with Stephen Sondheim, and more.

VIDEO: Keira Knightley Reflects on 15 Years of PRIDE & PREJUDICE on GOOD MORNING AMER VideoVIDEO: Keira Knightley Reflects on 15 Years of PRIDE & PREJUDICE on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2020

The “Atonement” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress takes on beauty pageants in the new dramedy, “Misbehaviour.”

VIDEO: Laura Linney Reminisces on Her Juilliard Audition VideoVIDEO: Laura Linney Reminisces on Her Juilliard Audition
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2020

On last night's episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden connects with Laura Linney, who is safe in quarantine, to talk about her career and the show she currently stars in on Netflix, Ozark, which recently premiered it's third season.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's LONG LOST VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's LONG LOST
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 29, 2019

Long Lost is now in previews ahead of a Tuesday, June 4 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 W. 55th Street). Check out highlights of the cast in action below!

BWW TV: Condola Rashad & Company Get Ready for Opening Night of SAINT JOAN VideoBWW TV: Condola Rashad & Company Get Ready for Opening Night of SAINT JOAN
by TV - Press Previews - Apr 10, 2018

Currently in previews at at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Saint Joan, written by Nobel Prize in Literature and Academy Award winner Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, Proof). Starring three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2; 'Billions'), Saint Joan will open on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

VIDEO: Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces 2018 Season; THE WOLVES, THE LITTLE FO VideoVIDEO: Lyric Stage Company of Boston Announces 2018 Season; THE WOLVES, THE LITTLE FOXES, and More!
by Alan Henry - Mar 30, 2018

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces complete 7-play 2018-19 season.

VIDEO: On This Day, August 25: Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, August 25: Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2017

Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He took piano lessons as a boy and attended the Garrison and Boston Latin Schools. At Harvard University, he studied with Walter Piston, Edward Burlingame-Hill, and A. Tillman Merritt, among others. Before graduating in 1939, he made an unofficial conducting debut with his own incidental music to 'The Birds,' and directed and performed in Marc Blitzstein's 'The Cradle Will Rock.' Then at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he studied piano with Isabella Vengerova, conducting with Fritz Reiner, and orchestration with Randall Thompson. 

Tony Talk: Best Featured Actress in a Play, Cynthia Nixon!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 11, 2017

Cynthia Nixon has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Lillian Hellman'S The Little Foxes. This marks Ms. Nixon's fourth Tony nomination and second win. She previously won the Tony for 2006's RABBIT HOLE. She was also nominated for 2012's WIT and 1995's INDISCRETIONS. 

VIDEO: Roll Call! LITTLE FOXES Stars Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon Reveal Which Iconic Roles They'd Love to Play
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2017

On last night's WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE!, LITTLE FOXES' stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon played a game called 'Roll Call!' in which they had to blurt out which role they would have wanted to play from famous movies and television shows

Tony Awards Close-Up: THE LITTLE FOXES' Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon Prove Two Is Better Than One
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 14, 2017

In this production of THE LITTLE FOXES, actresses Laura Linney Cynthia Nixon alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie in Lillian Hellman's legendary play about greed and ambition. Both are nominated for a Tony Award, Cynthia for Best Featured Actress in a Play, and Laura for Best Actress in a Play. Below, watch as they describe what it's like working with acclaimed director Daniel Sullivan and what it feels like to be nominated for a Tony together! 


Lillian Hellman Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Lillian Hellman written?
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).

What awards has Lillian Hellman been nominated for?
Outstanding Revival (The Lortels) for The Little Foxes , Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Toys in the Attic Best Play (Tony Awards) for Toys in the Attic and Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Watch on the Rhine .

What awards has Lillian Hellman won?
Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Toys in the Atticand Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Watch on the Rhine.