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Chronology of the Life of Mark Hellinger




     Mark Hellinger is born on March 21, 1903 in New York City of Orthodox Jewish parents, Paul and Millie Hellinger. His father was a prosperous real estate lawyer.


     Hellinger’s brother, Monroe, is born. (Later he was nicknamed Buddy.)


     Hellinger is expelled from Townsend Harris High School after organizing a student strike, demanding a vacation period.


     Hellinger ends his short stay at Clark School (which was connected to Columbia University). This was the end of his formal education.

     He is the leading man in a one-night play called The Hidden Voice at a neighborhood theater.

     He becomes a member of the Temple Players, writing, producing and starring in plays.


     Hellinger has all his teeth pulled and new ones put in instead.

He begins going to speakeasies in Greenwich Village to meet Broadway people. He begins working for a Greenwich Village night club, the Red Head, as a part-time waiter and cashier until 1922.


Hellinger begins a full-time job at a New York Department store, Lane Bryant, writing direct-mail advertisements. He is fired for starting his own business while at work.

     He begins at Zit’s Weekly, a theatrical publication.


     He becomes a reporter for the New York Daily News, working at the city desk.


     He leaves the city desk at the News and begins a Sunday column at that newspaper. This first appears July 12.


     He is one of the judges at a beauty contest; Gladys Glad (her real name) is the winner. She is a Ziegfeld showgirl.


     The News gives him a daily column, the first one appearing January 16. This column makes him a celebrity.


     He marries Gladys Glad, July 11. They go to California on their honeymoon, taking a cruise that goes through the Panama Canal.

     In November, the publisher of the News sends him a note, telling him to provide only itemized news. Hellinger looks for another job.


     He moves to the New York Daily Mirror.

     He writes some of the sketches used in Ziegfeld’s last Follies of this year.


     A collection of his short stories, Moon Over Broadway (William Faro, Inc), is published.    

     Hellinger is present at a boat explosion. Hellinger and his wife are unharmed, but a woman dies in the hospital.

     Hellinger begins broadcasting Columbia University football games with Perry Charles.


     Hellinger writes some of the sketches used in Ziegfeld’s production, Hot-Cha.

     He and his wife, Gladys, divorce.

     In November, he begins a trip around the world, continuing into the next year. He writes columns about his trip as he goes.


     He and Gladys remarry on July 11, the same day of the year they were first married in 1929.


     Hellinger temporarily has his own network radio show, called “Penthouse Party.”

     A collection of his short stories, The Ten Million (Farrar & Rinehart), is published.


     Hellinger begins doing an entire Sunday page, which is syndicated nationally.

     He briefly tries producing plays in New York.

     Hellinger’s mother, Millie, dies.


     Hellinger’s father, Paul, dies.


     He goes to Hollywood as a writer-producer for Warner Productions. After a time, he is sent to a B-Movie unit, working there until the next year.


     He is promoted to associate producer at Warner Productions in August.


 He is a producer of The Adventures of Jane Arden, Cowboy Quarterback, Hell’s Kitchen, Kid Nightingale, The Roaring Twenties and Women in the Wind. Hellinger wrote the script himself for The Roaring Twenties.


     He is a producer of the movies British Intelligence, Brother Orchid, It All Came True, They Drive By Night and The Torrid Zone.


 He is the associate producer for High Sierra, which makes Humphrey Bogart a star. He also is a producer of the movies Affectionately Yours, Manpower and Rise and Shine.


     He is a producer of the movie Moontide.


     He is a producer of the movie Thank Your Lucky Stars.


     He is a producer of the movies Between Two Worlds and Doughgirls.

After repeatedly attempting to join the Army during the war and being refused for ill-health, he arranges to go as a war correspondent in the Pacific theater for Hearst for four months. He returns to Hollywood to Warner Productions, who had given him leave.


     He moves to Universal Pictures, where he has been given his own production unit.

     He is a producer of the movie The Horn Blows at Midnight.


     He produces the movie The Killers. He becomes friends with Hemingway, who wrote the short story the movie is based on, also called “The Killers.” 


     He is a producer of the following movies, Brute Force, The Naked City, Swell Guy and The Two Mrs. Carrolls.

He establishes his own studio, Mark Hellinger Productions. Its offices to open December 22. But then he dies December 21, 1947 of a coronary thrombosis in Cedar of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. His funeral is on Christmas Eve. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, twenty five miles north of New York City.

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