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James Hilton
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    (September 9, 1900-December 20, 1954)
    Born in Leigh, England, United Kingdom
    Best known for the novels 'Lost Horizon' (1933) and 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' (1934)
    Also wrote 'Catherine Herself' (1920), 'Dawn of Reckoning' (1925), 'Knight Without Armour' (1933), 'We Are Not Alone' (1937), 'Random Harvest' (1941), 'So Well Remembered' (1945) and 'Time and Time Again' (1953)
    Wrote screenplays for the films 'Camille' (1936), 'Foreign Correspondent' (1940), 'The Tuttles of Tahiti' (1942), 'Mrs. Minever' (1942) and 'Forever and a Day' (1943)
    Hosted CBS Radio's 'Hallmark Playhouse' (1948-53)
    He married his second wife 7 days after divorcing his first wife. (His second marriage also ended in divorce.)
    Many of his novels are considered overly sentimental.
    He co-wrote the book and lyrics for 'Shangri-La,' a flop Broadway musical based on 'Lost Horizon.' (1956)
    'Lost Horizon' also became a flop Hollywood musical (1973).
    He had his first novel published while he was a college undergraduate.
    He said, 'The only trick I know in writing is to have something to say and to say it as simply and effectively as possible.'
    He won an Oscar for co-writing the 'Mrs. Miniver' screenplay.
    'Lost Horizon' (1937), 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' (1939) and 'Random Harvest' (1942) were adapted into popular and critically acclaimed movies.

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