Frances Goodrich

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Frances Goodrich-Hackett (* 21st December 1890 in Belleville , New Jersey , USA ; † 29. January 1984 in New York City , New York , USA) was an American screenwriter and playwright and theater actress .


Frances Goodrich began her career in 1916, initially as an actress on Broadway , but was hardly successful. Her private life initially seemed to be the same.

On May 3, 1917, she married the film actor Robert Ames , from whom she divorced in 1923. On October 11, 1927, she and the native Dutch writer Hendrik Willem van Loon stood in front of the altar. After two years of marriage, they divorced in 1929. At first, Goodrich didn't want to remarry until she met screenwriter Albert Hackett in the late 1920s . Although Hackett was ten years younger than Goodrich, they were both married on February 7, 1931.

With Hackett as a partner, Goodrich began working for MGM . If Goodrich was offered a film project, Hackett co-wrote, and vice versa. They worked together on each film and have been nominated four times for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. However, the two were always denied a gold statue.

They also wrote stage and theater plays. So they adapted Anne Frank's diary into the play that was performed on Broadway, which was then adapted into the 1959 film that is still known today . Her work has been honored with both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize .

In 1962 they both wrote their last film, Five Finger Exercise , and then retired into private life. Frances Goodrich developed lung cancer from which she died in 1984 at the age of 93. Her marriage to Hackett, which lasted 53 years, remained childless.

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