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Also Known As: Albert M Hackett, Albert Maurice Johnson, Albert M. Hackett Died: March 16, 1995
Born: February 16, 1900 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, playwright

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This celebrated American screenwriter wrote such classics features as "The Thin Man" (1934), "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) and "Father of the Bride (1950) as well as the play and screen versions of "The Diary of Anne Frank" with his wife Frances Goodrich. Their collaboration resulted in four Academy Award nominations and a Pulitzer Prize and earned the pair a place as one of the top husband-and-wife writing teams in cinema. The prolific pair turned out witty, sophisticated screwball comedy as easily as musicals and films that on the surface may have seemed charged with mere sentiment but which delved deep into characters.

This celebrated American screenwriter wrote such classics features as "The Thin Man" (1934), "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) and "Father of the Bride (1950) as well as the play and screen versions of "The Diary of Anne Frank" with his wife Frances Goodrich. Their collaboration resulted in four Academy Award nominations and a Pulitzer Prize and earned the pair a place as one of the top husband-and-wife writing teams in cinema. The prolific pair turned out witty, sophisticated screwball comedy as easily as musicals and films that on the surface may have seemed charged with mere sentiment but which delved deep into characters.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Whoopee! (1930) Chester Underwood
2.
 The Darling of the Rich (1923) Fred Winship
3.
 A Woman's Woman (1922) Kenneth Plummer
4.
 The Cynic Effect (1922) Other brother
5.
 The Country Flapper (1922) Another brother
6.
 The Good-Bad Wife (1921) Leigh Carter
7.
 Molly O' (1921) Billy O'Dair
8.
 The Good-Bad Wife (1920) Leigh Carter
9.
 Away Goes Prudence (1920) Jimmie Ryan
10.
 The Career of Katherine Bush (1919) Bert Bush
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1906:
Made stage debut playing a little girl in "Lottie, the Poor Saleslady"
1912:
Made film acting debut in "Poor Jimmy"
1930:
Made last film as an actor, "Whoopee!"
1933:
Began screenwriting collaboration with wife Frances Goodrich with "Penthouse"
1934:
Hit stride as screenwriters with adaptation of "The Thin Man"
1941:
Made final appearance on stage, "Mr. and Mrs. North"
1942:
Did some script work for the Office of Co-ordinator of Inter-American Affairs
1946:
With Goodrich, wrote the screenplay for "It's a Wonderful Life"
1948:
With Goodrich, wrote the screenplay for "Easter Parade"
1950:
Penned the screenplay for "Father of the Bride" with Frances Goodrich
1954:
With Goodrich, wrote screenplays for "The Long, Long Trailer" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
1955:
Selected to pen the "official" stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" with Frances Goodrich
1959:
With Goodrich, adapted "The Diary of Anne Frank" for the screen
1962:
Wrote final produced screenplay with Goodrich, "Five Finger Exercise"
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Education

Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

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wife:
Frances Goodrich. Screenwriter. Married from 1931 until her death in 1984 at age 93; frequent collaborator.
wife:
Gisele Svetlik Hackett. Married in 1985; survived him.

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father:
Arthur V Johnson. Actor.
mother:
Florence Hackett. Actor.
brother:
Raymond Hackett. Actor. Appeared in silent films.
sister-in-law:
Blanche Sweet. Actor.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen" Southern Illinois University Press

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