Hilda Stone (occasionally credited by her birth name, Hilda Hess) was an American screenwriter active in the 1930s and 1940s.

Hilda Stone
Hilda Laura Hess

August 2, 1905
Sierra Mojada, Mexico
DiedMarch 4, 1992 (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s)John Stone (div.)
George Marton
ChildrenPeter Stone


Hilda Hess was born in Sierra Mojada, Mexico, to Louis Hess (a merchant involved in mining) and Mollie Sanders; the family later spent time in El Paso.[1] She graduated from El Paso High School and ended up working as a newspaper reporter for several years.[2]

By the 1920s, she had settled in Los Angeles, where she gained employment as a script reader in Fox's scenario department before working her way into a writing role. Her first credited screenplay was on 1934's Dos Más Uno Dos, a Spanish-language film.

In 1926, Hilda married fellow screenwriter John Stone.[3][4] She and her husband—who went on to be a well-known producer at Fox—later collaborated on a number of films.[5] Their son, Peter Stone, who later became a screenwriter and playwright. The pair divorced in 1949 over arguments about money.[6][7] After the divorce, she appears to have retired form the business. She later married writer-producer George Marton.

She died in Los Angeles on March 5, 1992.

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  1. ^ "Happenings". The El Paso Herald Post. September 7, 1936. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "4 Aug 1926, Page 4 - El Paso Herald at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  3. ^ Gevinson, Alan; Institute, American Film (1997). Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520209640.
  4. ^ "19 Aug 1926, 18 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  5. ^ "26 Dec 1943, 21 - The Miami News at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  6. ^ "17 Feb 1949, 1 - Leader-Telegram at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  7. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1949-03-05). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.