(December 7, 1915 — March 18, 1978)
Leigh Douglass Brackett was a SF author and a Hollywood screenwriter, known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1945), The Long Goodbye (1973), and The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Her first published SF story was “Martian Quest” in the February, 1940, issue of Astounding. She was known principally for her science-fantasy stories in Planet Stories, Startling Stories, and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Her pulp SF is collected in The Best of Leigh Brackett (1977).
In the trilogy she published in the mid-1970s – The Ginger Star, The Hounds of Skaith, and The Reavers of Skaith — she tried to recapture the spirit of her earlier pulp genre stories. She also wrote detective and western fiction, and her western novel, Follow the Free Wind, won the Spur Award for Best Novel in 1963.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
For more on her career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/brackett_leigh