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Helen Deutsch
Birth: Mar. 21, 1906
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1992
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Screenwriter. Born in Manhattan, she was a prolific, award-winning screenwriter whose writing spanned newspapers, magazines, Broadway, movies, TV, and music. She managed the Provincetown Players troupe in her senior year at Barnard College, from which she was graduated in 1927. She wrote a book in 1931 about the experience entitled, "The Provincetown," which was republished in 1972. According to her obituary in The New York Times, she ran a theater company early in her career, worked as a publicist, and covered theater for The New York Herald-Tribune and New York Times newspapers. She also worked for the New York Theater Guild and was a production consultant in stage, film, and TV. She organized the New York Drama Critics Circle in protest to Pulitzer Prize selections. As a freelance writer, her writing appeared in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. She also wrote hundreds of newspaper articles, as well as plays and TV scripts. She wrote the lyrics to "Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo," which she later deemed "dreadful." Her screenwriting career commenced with the legendary "National Velvet" (1944), which was about children training a horse. The movie made Elizabeth Taylor a star. The same year, Deutsch wrote "The Seventh Cross," starring Spencer Tracy in one of his finest performances as a Nazi death camp refugee. She also wrote "Lili," which won at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe, a prize from the Writers Guild of America, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1953. It was later adapted as a Broadway play, "Carnival!" Her last script was for the movie adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's 1966 bestselling novel, "Valley of the Dolls." Critics panned the movie in 1967, but it was a box office success. Nevertheless, according to The New York Times, Deutsch "…disavowed authorship and said Jacqueline Susann … had meddled with the script." Her TV scripts include NBC's "Jack and The Beanstalk," starring Joel Gray, in 1956, and 1957's "The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show." Besides her very successful writing career, Deutsch studied medieval English, French, German, English, and was a Sanskrit scholar. (bio by: Donna Di Giacomo) 

Cause of death: Natural causes
 
Burial:
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Donna Di Giacomo
Record added: Apr 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19018795


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