September 15, 1889- November 21, 1945
Growing up in Massachusetts, Benchley attended Harvard and was president of editorial board
member of the Harvard Lampoon. He contributed humorous pieces to Vanity Fair, was a reporter for the New York Tribune, and
shared an office with Dorothy Parker as a freelance writer. He began at The New Yorker in 1925 and was the drama critic from
1929-1940. By 1938 he was developing a career in Hollywood filmmaking, and by 1943 was retired from writing.