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Hilary Henkin

Hilary Henkin
Born (1952-11-19) November 19, 1952
New Orleans, United States
Years active 1980-present

Hilary Henkin is an American screenwriter and producer, nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her work on the screenplay of Wag the Dog in 1997.[1][2]


Henkin was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and New York City.[3] She attended the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Given the close relationship between Barry Levinson and David Mamet, who had been hired to rewrite Henkin's screenplay for Wag the Dog after Levinson became attached as director, New Line Cinema originally asked that Mamet be given sole screenplay credit; but the Writers Guild of America intervened on Henkin's behalf to assure that Henkin received first-position shared screenplay credit as the original screenwriter and creator of its structure, which she loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero, as well as much of the story and dialogue.[4]

Other produced screenplays include V for Vendetta (2006) (uncredited), Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), Road House (1989), Lost Angels (1989) (uncredited), Fatal Beauty (1987), Flowers in the Attic (1987), Blue Heaven (1985), Prisoners (1981), and Headin' for Broadway (1980).

She was also producer of Romeo is Bleeding.


  1. ^ "Academy Award nominations in full".  
  2. ^ Hornaday, Jan (January 6, 1998). "A spit- polished diamond in rough Film: Director Barry Levinson didn't like what he first saw in 'Wag the Dog.' With a little time, though, he made it shine.". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
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  4. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (May 11, 1998). "Giving Credit Where It's Due - Los Angeles Times".  

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