Herman J. Mankiewicz

American screenwriter (1897-1953)

Herman Jacob Mankiewicz (November 7, 1897 in New York City — March 5, 1953 in Hollywood, California) was a Hollywood screenwriter and raconteur.


  • There, but for the grace of God, goes God.
    • On Orson Welles, quoted in the New York Times, 11 October 1985
  • "Never care what anybody says."
    • Told to Oscar Levant, who admitted: "I took his advice with deleterious results."[1]
  • "I don't know how it is that you start working at something you don't like, and before you know it you're an old man."[2]


  1. Levant, Oscar (1965). The Memoirs of an Amnesiac. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 98. 
  2. Halliwell, Leslie, Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies, 4th ed. (2006) HarperCollins

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