Herman J. Mankiewicz

Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer
Though once the highest paid screenwriter working in Hollywood, Herman J. Mankiewicz floundered later in his career after years of hard drinking and gambling, only to be briefly resurrected by wunderkind Orson Welles ... Read more »
Born: 11/07/1897 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (37)

Dinner at Eight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

From Story

A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Citizen Kane 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pride of the Yankees 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

After Office Hours 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meet the Baron 1933 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Royal Family of Broadway 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Another Language (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Christmas Holiday (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Escapade (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Fashions for Women (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Girl Crazy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Keeping Company (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Ladies Love Brutes (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Ladies' Man (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Love among the Millionaires (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Man of the World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Marquis Preferred (Movie)

(Intertitle Writer)

Men Are Like That (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rise and Shine (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Stamboul Quest (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Stand By for Action (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Barker (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The City Gone Wild (Movie)

(Intertitle Writer)

The Dragnet (Movie)

(Intertitle Writer)

The Enchanted Cottage (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Lost Squadron (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Man I Love (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Pride of St. Louis (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Show-Off (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Spanish Main (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Vagabond King (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Thunderbolt (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

True to the Navy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (2)

A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Million Dollar Legs (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Front Page 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

A Gentleman of Paris 1926 (Movie)

(Titles)

Biography

Though once the highest paid screenwriter working in Hollywood, Herman J. Mankiewicz floundered later in his career after years of hard drinking and gambling, only to be briefly resurrected by wunderkind Orson Welles, who hired him to write one of the greatest movies ever made, "Citizen Kane" (1941). Mankiewicz made a go of Hollywood in the mid-1920s after a career as a reporter and theater critic, becoming the head of the script department at Paramount Pictures. He wrote or collaborated on dozens of pictures during the silent era, and with the advent of sound, produced early Marx Brothers classics like "Monkey Business" (1930), "Horse Feathers" (1932) and "Duck Soup" (1933). He also worked frequently with W.C. Fields, including on "Million Dollar Legs" (1932), and was at the peak of his career in the early 1930s. But his career path spiraled out of control thanks to gambling, heavy drinking and his general contempt of Hollywood. With bridges burned, Mankiewicz was on the outs until Welles brought him on to write "Citizen Kane." Despite controversy from its unflattering portrayal of William Randolph Hearst and a dispute about writing credit, Mankiewicz won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He went on to write another Oscar-nominated film, "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942), and was well positioned for further triumph. Mankiewicz crumbled again, however, and never wrote another great movie, but did enough acclaimed work that he left behind a lasting legacy as one of classic Hollywood's most gifted writers.

Relationships

Johanna Mankiewicz

Daughter

Sara Aaronson

Wife
married in July 1920

Nick Davis

Grandson

Donald Mankiewicz

Son
born in 1922

Francis Mankiewicz

Son

Joseph Mankiewicz

Brother
born 1909

EDUCATION

Harry Hillman Academy

Pennsylvania
father taught there

University of Berlin

Berlin

Columbia University

New York , New York

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