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date: 06 December 2019

Hellman, Lillianlocked

(20 June 1905–30 June 1984)
  • Carl Rollyson


Hellman, Lillian (20 June 1905–30 June 1984), playwright, was born Lillian Florence Hellman in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Max Hellman, a shoe salesman, and Julia Newhouse. When Max Hellman’s shoe business failed, the family moved to New York City, where five-year-old Lillian attended school. Her studies, however, were constantly interrupted by trips to New Orleans (for six-month intervals), as her father, a traveling salesman, attended to business. Hellman describes the disconcerting impact of her bifurcated childhood in her memoir ...

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