Albert Maurice Hackett

Albert Maurice Hackett

American playwright and screenwriter
Date of Birth: 16.02.1900
Country: USA

Biography of Albert Maurice Hackett

Albert Maurice Hackett was born on February 16, 1900, in New York City. His father, Florence Hackett, was an actor, and Albert followed in his footsteps, starting his acting career in theater and film at a young age. His brother, Raymond Hackett, also became an actor.

Albert Maurice Hackett

In the 1920s, Hackett moved to Hollywood shortly after marrying screenwriter Frances Goodrich. Together, they wrote the screenplay for the successful comedy "Up Pops the Devil" for Paramount Pictures, directed by A. Edward Sutherland. In 1933, the couple signed a contract with MGM and remained with the studio until 1939.

One of their earliest works as a creative duo was the screenplay for the 1934 comedy "The Thin Man." They accepted the offer when director W.S. Van Dyke proposed using Dashiell Hammett's story as the basis for the screenplay. They then developed the main characters, Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, respectively. "The Thin Man" became the biggest hit of the year, and their screenplay, which depicted modern relationships in a realistic manner, was considered groundbreaking.

However, when the Hollywood Production Code, which imposed strict censorship on films from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s, came into effect, other films about Nick and Nora did not showcase the same realism, and the innovative maturity of the screenwriters was suppressed by numerous restrictions.

Hackett and Goodrich won an Oscar for their screenplays for "The Thin Man," "After the Thin Man" (1936), "Father of the Bride" (1950), and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1955). They also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for their screenplay of the original play "The Diary of Anne Frank."

The talented duo received the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay of "Easter Parade" (1949), "Father's Little Dividend" (1951), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). They were also nominated for the same award for their screenplays for "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949), "Father of the Bride" (1950), and "The Long, Long Trailer" (1953).

Hackett's wife passed away on January 29, 1984. He remarried in 1985 to Gisella Svetlik. Hackett died on March 16, 1995, at the age of 95.