Lillian Hellman
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"Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman" was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She famously was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the Second Red Scare/anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to Broadway theatre/work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a precipitous decline in her income. Hellman was praised for sacrificing her career by refusing to answer questions by HUAC; but her denial that she had ever belonged to the Communist Party was easily disproved, and her veracity was doubted by many, including war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and literary critic Mary McCarthy (author)/Mary McCarthy.

Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Hammett, who also was blacklisted, for thirty years until his death in 1961. The couple never married as Hammett already had a wife. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay which received an Academy Award nomination in 1942.

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