Helen Deutsch

Screenwriter, Lyricist, Theater company manager
This award-winning screenwriter of the 1940s, 50s and 60s spent the majority of her career at MGM. A prolific writer who never learned to type but dictated her stories into a Dictaphone, Deutsch turned out more than 20 ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1906 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack and the Beanstalk 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Writer

Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Glass Slipper 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flame and the Flesh 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lili 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kim 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Story By)

National Velvet 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

The Glass Slipper 1955 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Lili 1953 (Movie)

lyrics("Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo") (Theme Lyrics)
Producer (1)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This award-winning screenwriter of the 1940s, 50s and 60s spent the majority of her career at MGM. A prolific writer who never learned to type but dictated her stories into a Dictaphone, Deutsch turned out more than 20 short stories for magazines and hundreds of newspaper articles as well as several plays and teleplays. She began her career in the theater, first managing the Provincetown Players and working as a publicist, later covering the theater beat for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE and THE NEW YORK TIMES and working for the Theater Guild.

Relationships

Gregory Bautzer

Companion
together in the 1950s

Heyman Deutsch

Father

Ann Deutsch

Mother
died when Helen was a child

Harry Deutsch

Brother
older

Martin Deutsch

Brother
older

Michael Gold

Companion

Leslie Howard Actor

Companion
together in the 1930s

Clifford Odets Play as Source Material

Companion
together in the 1940s

Spencer Pollard

Husband
briefly married marriage annulled taught economics at Harvard and in 1939 became first director of NYU's Educational Film Institute

EDUCATION

Barnard College

New York , New York 1927

Milestones

1967

Disavowed authorship of final screenplay for "Valley of the Dolls"; claimed that novel's author Jacqueline Susann had meddled with the script

1966

Returned to New York

1961

Wrote libretto for Broadway musical "Carnival" (based on her screenplay for "Lili"); shared writer credit with Bob Merrill

1957

Scripted TV special, "The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show"

1956

Wrote first TV script for "Jack and the Beanstalk"

1946

Relocated to Hollywood

1943

Co-wrote first screenplay, "National Velvet"

1926

While still a senior at Barnard, managed the Provincetown Players in New York until troupe went out of business

Covered theater for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE, BROOKLYN EAGLE and THE NEW YORK TIMES

Worked for the New York Theater Guild

Became a freelance writer for SATURDAY EVENING POST, MCCALL'S, LADIES' HOME JOURNAL, COSMOPOLITAN and REDBOOK

Became a production consultant for stage, film and TV

Organized the New York Drama Critics Circle as a protest against the Pulitzer Prize selections

Bonus Trivia

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She published numerous short stories and articles in magazines in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Deutsch was a student of medieval English, French, German and English and a Sanskrit scholar. She collected rare books and manuscripts which she donated to Boston University.

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