Hilda Stone (occasionally credited by her birth name, Hilda Hess) was an American screenwriter active in the 1930s and 1940s.
Hilda Laura Hess
August 2, 1905
Sierra Mojada, Mexico
|Died||March 4, 1992 (aged 86)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Spouse(s)||John Stone (div.)|
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. She graduated from El Paso High School and ended up working as a newspaper reporter for several years.
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. She and her husband—who went on to be a well-known producer at Fox—later collaborated on a number of films. Their son, Peter Stone, who later became a screenwriter and playwright. The pair divorced in 1949 over arguments about money. 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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