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Also Known As: Died: April 18, 1964
Born: February 28, 1893 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Raised in Racine, Wisconsin; performed as a child prodigy violinist at age 10; became a circus acrobat at age 12
1909:
Ran away to Chicago at age 16 where he began career as a cub reporter; wrote for the <i>Chicago Journal</i> and the <i>Chicago Daily News</i>
1919:
Became a war correspondent in Germany and Russia for 75 newspapers
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Worked as crime reporter
1923:
Founded and edited the <i>Chicago Literary Times</i>
1925:
Moved to NYC before heading to Hollywood at the invitation of writer Herman Mankiewicz who offered a contract at Paramount
1934:
Formed production company in NYC with Charles MacArthur; made first film as director, "Crime Without Passion"
1954:
Published autobiography "A Child of the Century"
1964:
Died while working uncredited on screenplay for "Casino Royale" (1967)
1969:
Portion of his memoir, "A Child of the Century" served as basis for Norman Jewison film "Gaily, Gaily" starring Beau Bridges as Hecht

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