Ben Hecht Quotes

A collection of quotes by Ben Hecht.

Ben Hecht was an acclaimed American screenwriter, playwright, and novelist, born on February 28, 1894, in New York City. Hecht's writing career began as a journalist, working for various Chicago newspapers. His hard-hitting investigative reporting gained him recognition and propelled him into becoming a highly sought-after writer in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s.

Hecht earned great acclaim as a screenwriter, known for his sharp dialogue and powerful storytelling. He collaborated with legendary filmmaker, director, and producer, Howard Hawks, on critically acclaimed films like "Scarface" (1932) and "His Girl Friday" (1940). He also wrote screenplays for other iconic films such as "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Notorious" (1946), and "Spellbound" (1945). He received two Academy Awards for Best Writing during his career.

Aside from his successful screenwriting career, Hecht was also an accomplished playwright and novelist. His play, "The Front Page" (1928), co-written with Charles MacArthur, is still considered a classic of American theater. Hecht also authored several novels, including "Count Bruga" (1926) and "Gaily, Gaily" (1963).

Known for his quick wit and larger-than-life personality, Hecht became a prominent figure in Hollywood's golden age. He was an outspoken critic on issues ranging from politics to religion and played an active role in Zionist causes. Ben Hecht passed away on April 18, 1964, leaving behind a rich legacy as one of Hollywood's most talented and groundbreaking writers.