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Helene Hanff
Birth: Apr. 15, 1916
Death: Apr. 9, 1997

Author/Playwright. Helene Hanff grew up with a passion for writing and reading. This passion led her to New York City to pursue her dream of breaking into theatre as a playwright. She worked for New York's Theatre Guild as a publicist and assistant. The Guild produced mostly flops, but did score a big hit with the play, "Oklahoma!" Hanff was credited as an assistant in that production. Her early experiences in New York led to her first book, a biography, "Underfoot in Show Business," a humorous and touching account of her early days in New York's theatre district. Although her plays were never produced, she did break into television in the 1950s, writing scripts for Hallmark Hall of Fame, Playhouse 90, and Ellery Queen. The sore lack of availability in New York of the English literature she craved to read, led her to correspondence with a second hand bookstore, Marks & Co. and a 20+ years friendship with the manager of the store, Frank Doel. This friendship was chronicled in a series of letters and published as "84, Charing Cross Road," which was produced first as a play starring Ann Jackson and later as a movie, starring Anne Bancroft, with Anthony Hopkins protraying Frank Doel in the film. Ultimately, she was able to visit England, but not in time to meet her dear friend, Frank, who died as a result of peritonitis. Along the way, she published other books about her life, including "The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street," an account of her first visit to England, and later, "Letter from New York," transcripts of Miss Hanff's BBC Women's Hour broadcast, which detailed her life in New York City. New York City was a beloved home to her and led to the publication of a quirky, anything but typical guide to the city entitled "Apple Of My Eye." Miss Hanff never married, and died as a result of complications from diabetes and pneumonia. (bio by: Susan Richardson Hiley) 
 
Burial:
Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Glendale
Queens County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 07, 2003
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Helene Hanff
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Helene Hanff
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If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much. ~RIP HH~
- AngelSeeker
 Added: Apr. 9, 2014
Thinking of you on your Angel Day. You were a wonderfully sassy New Yorker dear Helene. Watching 84 Charing Cross Road almost two years ago and loved every minute of it. Was so sad that you didn't get to meet your beloved friend Frank but just imagine ho...(Read more)
- glenda
 Added: Apr. 9, 2014
I have owed so much to you in so many a year and remember you whenever in Londonand Standing in front of your book shop.
- Heino GŁnther
 Added: Nov. 3, 2013
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