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LILLIAN HELLMAN TIMELINE

1905 June 20 Lillian Florence Hellman is born in New Orleans, the daughter of a shoe salesman.
1922 Hellman begins her studies at New York University.
1924 She transfers to Columbia University.
1925 She drops out of school and begins reviewing books for the New York Herald Tribune.
She marries playwright and press agent Arthur Kober.
1930 Hellman takes a job as a script-reader by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Hollywood.
She meets and falls in love with mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.
1932 She divorces Arthur Kober.
1934 November 20 The Children's Hour opens at Maxine Elliott's Theatre on Broadway. The play shocks audiences with its frank treatment of lesbianism. It enjoys a run of 691 performances.
1936 December 15 Days to Come opens at the Vanderbilt Theatre on Broadway. It closes after only 7 performances.
1939 February 13 The Little Foxes opens at the National Theatre on Broadway. It enjoys a run of 410 performances.
1941 April 1 Watch on the Rhine opens at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway. It earns Hellman the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
1942 Hellman receives an Academy Award nomination for her screenplay adaptation of The Little Foxes (1941).
1944 Hellman receives an Academy Award nomination for her screenplay The North Star (1943).
April 12 The Searching Wind opens at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway.
1946 November 20 Another Part of the Forest opens at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway. Hellman directs the play herself.
1949 October 29 Montserrat, adapted from a French play by Emmanuel Robles, opens at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway. Again, Hellman directs the play herself.
October 31 Regina, a musical version of The Little Foxes, opens at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway.
1951 March 7 The Autumn Garden opens at the Coronet Theatre on Broadway.
1952 Hellman is subpoenaed to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Pressured to reveal the names of associates in the theatre who might have Communist associations, she refuses, writing, "I will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions."
1956 December 1 Candide, with a libretto by Hellman, opens at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway. It wins a Tony Award for Best Musical.
1960 February 25 Toys in the Attic opens at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. It earns Hellman a Tony Award for Best Play and enjoys a run of 556 performances.
1961 January 10 Hellman's lover, Dashiell Hammett, dies of lung cancer.
1963 March 21 My Mother, My Father and Me, based on a book by Burt Blechman, opens at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway. It closes after only 17 performances.
1964 Hellman receives the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
1969 She publishes her first volume of memoirs, An Unfinished Woman. It wins a National Book Award for autobiography but comes under fire from some critics who suggest she has invented or borrowed from other sources many of the incidents in this "autobiography".
1973 She publishes her second volume of memoirs, Pentimento.
1976 She publishes her third volume of memoirs, Scoundrel Time.
1984 June 30 Lillian Hellman dies of cardiac arrest at her home in Martha's Vineyard.
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