Hilary Henkin

Screenwriter, Producer, Go-go dancer
Raised on the deliciously sour milk of film noir, screenwriter Hilary Henkin is one of the vaunted few female writers to break into the exclusively male world of hard-boiled but heady action-adventure and to venture ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Writer (5)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fatal Beauty 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prisoners 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (1)

Doorman 1985 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)
Producer (1)

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Raised on the deliciously sour milk of film noir, screenwriter Hilary Henkin is one of the vaunted few female writers to break into the exclusively male world of hard-boiled but heady action-adventure and to venture fearlessly into the moral labyrinths of villainy and violence. A script for Warner Bros. called "Free Fall" ("a very violent piece"), about three astronauts who nearly die in space and return to find their previous lives have disappeared, didn't get filmed but made her a reputation. Early pictures "Fatal Beauty" (1987) and "Road House" (1989) met with little success, but Henkin created her first no-holds-barred female villain Mona Demarkov (played by Lena Olin) and scored big with "Romeo is Bleeding" (1993), previously dubbed one of the Ten Best Unproduced Scripts in Hollywood by AMERICAN FILM. Although she had adapted Larry Beinhart's novel "American Hero" for the screen, David Mamet followed her and was going to receive sole screenwriting credit for Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog" (1997) until the Writers Guild of America intervened, deeming that Mamet had used the structure she had devised.

EDUCATION

Fort Hamilton High School

Brooklyn , New York

University of Lausanne

Milestones

1997

Shared screenwriting credit (much to David Mamet's chagrin) on Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Adapted Screenplay

1993

Wrote screenplay for Peter Medak's "Romeo is Bleeding" (also co-produced)

1989

Co-wrote script for "Road House"

1987

Shared screenwriting credit on "Fatal Beauty"

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee and NYC

Worked as a go-go dancer in NYC in the 1970s

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