I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.
– Lillian Hellman
February 15, 1980: In the final stroke of a legendary 20th century literary feud, playwright Lillian Hellman sued novelist Mary McCarthy for libel. Hellman died before the case went to court.
Born Lillian Florence Hellman
June 20, 1905
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died June 30, 1984 (aged 79)
Occupation Playwright, writer
Spouse(s) Arthur Kober (1925 – 1932)
Partner(s) Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1931 – 1961)
Lillian Florence “Lilly” Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American author of plays, screenplays, and memoirs and throughout her life, was linked with many left-wing political causes.