|Born||April 6, 1898|
Sacramento, California, USA
|Died||May 17, 1954|
Hollywood, California, USA
Ethel Hill (1898–1954) was an American screenwriter and race horse owner.    One of her best-known scripts is for The Little Princess (1939), starring Shirley Temple.
Ethel was born in Sacramento, California, the eldest daughter of Charles Hill and Susie Marston. The family moved to Los Angeles when Ethel was young, and she and her younger sister Garna attended high school in Santa Monica.
When Dore Schary first went to work for Columbia Pictures as a new screenwriter, he was paired with the veteran Hill to learn from her; together, they wrote the screenplay for Fury of the Jungle (1933).  Hill was described by Marc Norman in his book What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting as "an extremely dear and generous woman [who] had an interest in horses and often wore jodhpurs and riding gear to the studio."  Fellow screenwriter Gertrude Walker—who worked with Hill toward the end of her career at Republic Pictures—described her as "a sweet old lady" who always wore a shawl and bedroom slippers. 
Hill bought the Thoroughbred race horse War Knight, a son of Preakness winner High Quest, as a foal "with her $1500 life savings".  He went on to win 10 of 28 starts,  including the 1944 Arlington Handicap.  He was injured in 1945 and did not win any of his five 1946 starts  leading up to the $100,000 added Santa Anita Handicap, which he proceeded to win in a photo finish.   He retired to stud afterward. 
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Charging into the lead in the last few strides, War Knight, 6 year old bay horse owned by Miss Ethel Hill, Hollywood scenario writer, won the $100,000 added Santa Anita Handicap in a photo finish.
Screenwriter Ethel Hill plans to mop up with War Knight, winner of the Arlington Handicap in 1944
Ha! Screen-Writer Ethel Hill, whose nag won the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicap, had to change her phone number to escape from too-insistent salesmen!