Frances Goodrich Biography (1890-1984)

Born December 21, 1890, in Belleville, NJ; died of lung cancer, January 29, 1984, in New York, NY; daughter of Henry Wickes and Madeleine Christy (Lloyd)Goodrich; married Robert Ames, 1917 (divorced); married Hendrik Willem Van Leon, 1927 (divorced); married Albert M. Hackett (a writer), February 7, 1932.Career: Writer and actress. Awards, Honors: Shared awards withhusband, Albert Hackett, including Academy Award nomination, best screen adaptation, 1945, for The Thin Man; Academy Award nomination, best screenplay, 1936, for After the Thin Man; Academy Award nomination, best screen adaptation, 1950, for Father of the Bride; Academy Award nomination(with Hackett and Dorothy Kingsley), best screenplay, 1954, for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Pulitzer Prize for drama, Antoinette Perry Award,best dramatic author(s), New York Drama Critics Circle Award, best Americanscreenplay, and Laurel Award, all 1956, for The Diary of Anne Frank..

Writer, actress
Birth Details
December 21, 1890
Belleville, New Jersey, United States
Death Details
January 29, 1984
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Come out of the Kitchen, 1916
  • Also appeared in Excess Baggage, Fashions for Men, QueenVictoria, and Skin Deep.
  • Screenplays
  • Up Pops the Devil, 1931
  • The Secret of Madame Blanche, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933
  • Penthouse (also known as Crooks in Clover, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933
  • (With husband, Albert Hackett) The Thin Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,1934
  • Hide-Out, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934
  • Fugitive Lovers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934
  • Chained, 1934
  • Ah, Wilderness!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935
  • Naughty Marietta, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935
  • Small Town Girl (also known as One Horse Town), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936
  • (With Hackett) After the Thin Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936
  • Rose-Marie (also known as Indian Love Call), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1936
  • The Firefly, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1937
  • Society Lawyer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939
  • Another Thin Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939
  • The Hitler Gang, Paramount, 1944
  • Lady in the Dark, Paramount, 1944
  • The Virginian, Paramount, 1946
  • It's a Wonderful Life (also known as The Greatest Gift), RKO Radio Pictures, 1946
  • Summer Holiday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • Easter Parade, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • (With Hackett) The Pirate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948
  • In the Good Old Summertime, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1949
  • (With Hackett) Father of the Bride, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Too Young to Kiss, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Father's Little Dividend, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Give a Girl a Break, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • (With Hackett and Dorothy Kingsley) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • The Long, Long Trailer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Gaby, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • A Certain Smile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (based on her play), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • Five Finger Exercise, Columbia, 1962
  • Stage Plays
  • (With Hackett) Up Pops the Devil, 1930
  • (With Hackett) The Great Big Doorstep, 1943
  • (With Hackett) The Diary of Anne Frank (based on the book AnneFrank: The Diary of a Young Girl), 1956then Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Other plays with Hackett include Bridal Wise.
  • Television Movies
  • It Happened One Christmas (based on her screenplay It's a Wonderful Life), 1977
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (based on her play), NBC, 1980
  • Other
  • The Third Adam, 1967

Further Reference


  • The screenplay Thanks for the Memory, released in 1938, was basedon her play Up Pops the Devil. The screenplay Easter Parade (also known as Irving Berlin's Easter Parade), released in 1948, was based on a story by Goodrich. A musical version of her screenplay The Pirate was adapted for the stage by Lawrence Kasha and Hayden Griffin, with musicand lyrics by Cole Porter, and produced at Neighborhood House in 1974. The play The Diary of Anne Frank was adapted as a musical, with libretto byEnid Futterman and music by Michael Cohen, and produced as Yours, Anne at Playhouse 91 in New York City in 1985. The screenplay Father of the Bride was remade and released by Touchstone Pictures in 1991. Its sequel Father of the Bride Part II, released by Buena Vista in 1995, was basedon her screenplay Father's Little Dividend. *

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