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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ben Hecht  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: February 28, 1894 in New York City

Died: April 18, 1964 in New York City

-- Ben Hecht on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hecht worked at Chicago Journal, Chicago Daily News, and Chicago Literary Times between 1910 and 1924.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ben Hecht worked as a reporter in Chicago. He moved from journalism to a successful career as a novelist, Broadway playwright and prolific Hollywood screenwriter. As a writer for the ''Chicago Daily News'', he wrote a column that became the basis for the collection of sketches, ''A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago''. Hecht's greatest theatrical success was ''The Front Page'' (1928), written with Charles MacArthur and set in a Chicago newsroom. The play set the image of the tough, wisecracking newspaperman for decades. Moving to Hollywood, Hecht wrote, co-wrote or adapted some of the most successful movies of the 1930s, including the film version of ''The Front Page'' (1931), ''Nothing Sacred'' (1937), ''Gunga Din'' (1938) and ''Wuthering Heights'' (1939). Some of Hecht's liveliest writing about his Chicago years appears in ''Gaily, Gaily'' (1963; filmed in 1969), ''Letters from Bohemia'' (1946) and his autobiography, ''Child of the Century'' (1954).Hecht was called "the most influential writer in the history of American movies." He was nominated six times for the Academy Award, winning twice - in 1929 for ''The Scoundrel'' and in 1936 for ''Underworld''.


Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

A child of the century /
ISBN: 091765742X. OCLC Number: 12288957

Primus,. .

A thousand and one afternoons in Chicago
ISBN: 1153589028. OCLC Number: 606220172

General Books,. .

Ben Hecht's Actor's and sin
ISBN: 1557395918. OCLC Number: 457252421

Distributed by VCI Entertainment,. .

Some of legendary writer Ben Hecht's best work comes to the screen in a two-in-one show business-themed comedy-drama that reveals what goes on when the greasepaint comes off. In 'Actor's Blood, ' washed-up stage star Edward G. Robinson assembles all the suspects in the murder of his actress-daughter (Marsha Hunt); and in 'Woman of Sin, ' a Hollywood agent discovers to his chagrin that a highly sought-after script was written by a nine-year-old girl--Container.

Erik dorn.
ISBN: 131395487X. OCLC Number: 926853871

Hardpress Ltd,. .

ISBN: 1333870000. OCLC Number: 980497738


ISBN: 0548016259. OCLC Number: 172977704

Gardners Books. .

Guide for the bedevilled /
ISBN: 096468862X. OCLC Number: 36805790

Mila Press,. .

Kingdom of evil :
ISBN: 0405081391. OCLC Number: 948517639

Ayer Co Pub,. .

Los actores son un asco
ISBN: 8433912763. OCLC Number: 434538043

Anagrama. .

Miss lonelyhearts
ISBN: 4938429527. OCLC Number: 675358568

Hon-no-tomosha,. .

Perfidy /
ISBN: 0964688638. OCLC Number: 41592806

Milah Press,. .

Revolution im Wasserglas :
ISBN: 3937834168. OCLC Number: 136942541

Berenberg Verlag,. .

The front page :
ISBN: 1575253100. OCLC Number: 49226411

Smith and Kraus,. .