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Hilary Henkin (born November 19, 1952) is an American screenwriter and producer, nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for her work on the screenplay of Wag the Dog in 1997.[1][2]

Hilary Henkin
Born (1952-11-19) November 19, 1952 (age 66)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer
Years active1980-present


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 ensure 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)[citation needed], Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), Road House (1989), Lost Angels (1989) (uncredited)[citation needed], Fatal Beauty (1987), Flowers in the Attic (1987)[citation needed], Blue Heaven (1985), Prisoners (1981), and Headin' for Broadway (1980).

She was also producer of Romeo is Bleeding.


  1. ^ "Academy Award nominations in full". BBC Online. 10 February 1998. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  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.
  3. ^ "Hilary Henkin". Yahoo!.
  4. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (May 11, 1998). "Giving Credit Where It's Due". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 November 2010.

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