Helene Hanff

Helene  Hanff

Helene Hanff, who was born in Philadelphia in 1916, spent much of her life in New York City as a struggling screenwriter. Yet it was her memoir 84, Charing Cross Road, published in 1970, that catapulted her to stardom and allowed her to visit London, which inspired The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. She never married and died in 1997 in New York.