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Herman J. Mankiewicz

  • Birth 7 Nov 1897 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 1953 Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
  • Plot Ashes scattered at a private gun club in upstate New York.
  • Memorial ID 9101262

Screenwriter. The elder brother of Joseph Leo Mankiewicz. Educated at Columbia and at the University of Berlin, Mankiewicz began his writing career as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Returning to the US, he became prominent in New York's cultural life as the assistant drama editor of The New York Times. He went to Hollywood in 1926 to write a screen story for Lon Chaney and remained with Paramount for several years as a prolific title, dialogue, and script writer, for a while pursuing a parallel career as a drama critic for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote numerous screenplays and adaptations and was largely responsible for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of "Citizen Kane" (1941), which he wrote in collaboration with Orson Welles. In addition to his many screen credits, he collaborated without receiving credit and was an executive producer on such films as "Laughter" (1930), "Horse Feathers" (1932), "Million Dollar Legs" (1932), and "Duck Soup" (1933). Enormous gambling debts, a desperate drinking habit, and frequent spats with studio executives, combined to undermine the remainder of his Hollywood career.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: MC
  • Added: 14 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9101262
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herman J. Mankiewicz (7 Nov 1897–5 Mar 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9101262, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.