skip navigation
Helen Deutsch

Helen Deutsch

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Helen Deutsch - NOT AVAILABLE

Find what your looking for faster use the search field below to shop for titles.

SEARCH TCM.COM/SHOP


OR ... Click here to VOTE > for this person to be released on Home Video

Also Known As: Died: March 14, 1992
Born: March 21, 1906 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, lyricist, theater reporter, publicist, theater company manager, production consultant, magazine writer, newspaper writer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

This award-winning screenwriter of the 1940s, 50s and 60s spent the majority of her career at MGM. A prolific writer who never learned to type but dictated her stories into a Dictaphone, Deutsch turned out more than 20 short stories for magazines and hundreds of newspaper articles as well as several plays and teleplays. She began her career in the theater, first managing the Provincetown Players and working as a publicist, later covering the theater beat for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE and THE NEW YORK TIMES and working for the Theater Guild. Deutsch entered films in 1944, collaborating on the adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel "National Velvet" which catapulted the young Elizabeth Taylor to stardom. In the same year, she scripted "The Seventh Cross", which starred Spencer Tracy as a refugee from a Nazi death camp. Deutsch's work ranged from espionage fluff ("Golden Earrings" 1947) to epic adventures ("King Solomon's Mines" 1950), psychological melodrama ("I'll Cry Tomorrow" 1955) and musicals ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1964). Her best-loved film is "Lili" (1953), the charming classic about a childlike waif (Leslie Caron) smitten with a womanizing magician and loved by a crippled puppeteer (Mel...

This award-winning screenwriter of the 1940s, 50s and 60s spent the majority of her career at MGM. A prolific writer who never learned to type but dictated her stories into a Dictaphone, Deutsch turned out more than 20 short stories for magazines and hundreds of newspaper articles as well as several plays and teleplays. She began her career in the theater, first managing the Provincetown Players and working as a publicist, later covering the theater beat for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE and THE NEW YORK TIMES and working for the Theater Guild.

Deutsch entered films in 1944, collaborating on the adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel "National Velvet" which catapulted the young Elizabeth Taylor to stardom. In the same year, she scripted "The Seventh Cross", which starred Spencer Tracy as a refugee from a Nazi death camp. Deutsch's work ranged from espionage fluff ("Golden Earrings" 1947) to epic adventures ("King Solomon's Mines" 1950), psychological melodrama ("I'll Cry Tomorrow" 1955) and musicals ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1964). Her best-loved film is "Lili" (1953), the charming classic about a childlike waif (Leslie Caron) smitten with a womanizing magician and loved by a crippled puppeteer (Mel Ferrer). Deutsch not only wrote the lyrics for the movie's hit song "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" but later wrote the libretto for "Carnival", the 1961 Bob Merrill Broadway musical based on the film.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1926:
While still a senior at Barnard, managed the Provincetown Players in New York until troupe went out of business
:
Covered theater for the NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE, BROOKLYN EAGLE and THE NEW YORK TIMES
:
Organized the New York Drama Critics Circle as a protest against the Pulitzer Prize selections
:
Worked for the New York Theater Guild
:
Became a freelance writer for SATURDAY EVENING POST, MCCALL'S, LADIES' HOME JOURNAL, COSMOPOLITAN and REDBOOK
1944:
Co-wrote first screenplay, "National Velvet"
1946:
Relocated to Hollywood
:
Became a production consultant for stage, film and TV
1956:
Wrote first TV script for "Jack and the Beanstalk"
1957:
Scripted TV special, "The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show"
1961:
Wrote libretto for Broadway musical "Carnival" (based on her screenplay for "Lili"); shared writer credit with Bob Merrill
1966:
Returned to New York
1967:
Disavowed authorship of final screenplay for "Valley of the Dolls"; claimed that novel's author Jacqueline Susann had meddled with the script
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Barnard College: New York , New York - 1927

Notes

She published numerous short stories and articles in magazines in the 1930s and 1940s.

Deutsch was a student of medieval English, French, German and English and a Sanskrit scholar. She collected rare books and manuscripts which she donated to Boston University.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Michael Gold. Political activist.
husband:
Spencer Pollard. Professor. Briefly married; marriage annulled; taught economics at Harvard and in 1939 became first director of NYU's Educational Film Institute.
companion:
Leslie Howard. Actor. Together in the 1930s.
companion:
Clifford Odets. Playwright. Together in the 1940s.
companion:
Gregory Bautzer. Lawyer. Together in the 1950s.
VIEW COMPLETE COMPANION LISTING

Family close complete family listing

father:
Heyman Deutsch. Furniture maker.
mother:
Ann Deutsch. Died when Helen was a child.
brother:
Martin Deutsch. Older.
brother:
Harry Deutsch. Older.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Provincetown"

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute