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Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lennart moved to Hollywood, where she was hired to work in the MGM mail room, a job she lost when she attempted to organize a union. She joined the Communist Party in 1939 but left five years later.

Lennart's first script, The Affairs of Martha, an original comedy about the residents of a wealthy community who fear their secrets are about to be revealed in an exposé written by one of their maids, was filmed in 1942 with Spring Byington, Marjorie Main, and Richard Carlson. This was followed in quick succession by A Stranger in Town, Anchors Aweigh, and It Happened in Brooklyn.

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the motion picture industry. Although she was never blacklisted, Lennart, a former member of the Young Communist League, testified to HUAC in 1952 to avoid being blacklisted. She later regretted this decision.

Lennart's later screen credits include A Life of Her Own, Love Me or Leave Me, Merry Andrew, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Sundowners, and Two for the Seesaw.

In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It catapulted Barbra Streisand to fame and earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1968, Lennart wrote the screen adaptation, which won her a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay. It proved to be her last work. Three years later, she was killed in an automobile accident in Hemet, California.

Lennart married actor/writer John Harding in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1945. They had two children, Joshua Lennart Harding (December 27, 1947 - August 4, 1971) and Sarah Elizabeth Harding (born November 24, 1951).

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Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lennart moved to Hollywood, where she was hired to work in the MGM mail room, a job she lost when she attempted to organize a union. She joined the Communist Party in 1939 but left five years later.

Lennart's first script, The Affairs of Martha, an original comedy about the residents of a wealthy community who fear their secrets are about to be revealed in an exposé written by one of their maids, was filmed in 1942 with Spring Byington, Marjorie Main, and Richard Carlson. This was followed in quick succession by A Stranger in Town, Anchors Aweigh, and It Happened in Brooklyn.

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the motion picture industry. Although she was never blacklisted, Lennart, a former member of the Young Communist League, testified to HUAC in 1952 to avoid being blacklisted. She later regretted this decision.

Lennart's later screen credits include A Life of Her Own, Love Me or Leave Me, Merry Andrew, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Sundowners, and Two for the Seesaw.

In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It catapulted Barbra Streisand to fame and earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1968, Lennart wrote the screen adaptation, which won her a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay. It proved to be her last work. Three years later, she was killed in an automobile accident in Hemet, California.

Lennart married actor/writer John Harding in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1945. They had two children, Joshua Lennart Harding (December 27, 1947 - August 4, 1971) and Sarah Elizabeth Harding (born November 24, 1951).

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Female

Known Credits 27

Birthday 1915-05-18

Day of Death 1971-01-25

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1968 Funny GirlStory
1968 Funny GirlScreenplay
1968 Funny GirlNovel
1967 FitzwillyWriter
1962 Two for the SeesawWriter
1962 Period of AdjustmentScreenplay
1960 The SundownersScreenplay
1960 Please Don't Eat the DaisiesScreenplay
1958 The Inn of the Sixth HappinessScreenplay
1958 Merry AndrewScreenplay
1957 This Could Be the NightScreenplay
1956 Meet Me in Las VegasScreenplay
1955 Holiday AffairAdaptation
1955 Love Me or Leave MeScreenplay
1953 Latin LoversScreenplay
1953 The Girl Next DoorScreenplay
1952 My Wife's Best FriendScreenplay
1952 Skirts Ahoy!Screenplay
1951 It's a Big CountryStory
1950 A Life of Her OwnScreenplay
1949 Holiday AffairScreenplay
1949 East Side, West SideScreenplay
1948 The Kissing BanditScreenplay
1947 It Happened in BrooklynWriter
1946 Holiday in MexicoScreenplay
1945 Anchors AweighScreenplay
1943 Lost AngelScreenplay
1943 A Stranger in TownScreenplay
1942 The Affairs of MarthaScreenplay

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