Elizabeth short (july 29, 1924 january 15, 1947), known posthumously as the black dahlia, was an american woman who was found murdered in the leimert park neighborhood of los angeles, california. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime, which included her corpse having been mutilated and bisected at the waist. Fact elizabeth short got the black dahlia nickname in a long beach drugstore. The los angeles herald-express tried to nickname the case the werewolf murder, but dropped it after several days. Fact she disliked homosexuals, according to a report to the los angeles county grand jury. The black dahlia is a 2006 neo-noir crime thriller film directed by brian de palma, written by josh friedman, and starring josh hartnett, scarlett johansson, aaron eckhart, hilary swank, and mia kirshner. It is an adaptation of the 1987 novel of the same name by james ellroy, in turn drawn from the widely sensationalized murder of elizabeth short. By the mid-1940s, short was living in los angeles, california, working as a waitress to support herself while dreaming of catching her big break into hollywoods acting scene. The black dahlia (2006) désirée cyganek as lesbian bar dancer. scarlett johansson dinning table hot scene in black dahlia 2006. With josh hartnett, aaron eckhart, scarlett johansson, hilary swank. Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the black dahlia elizabeth short murder investigation. In early 1960s, a teenage girl looking for her real father and a disgraced journalist seeking closure find themselves drawn into a web of secrets revolving around l. S most infamous cold case, the black dahlia (elizabeth short) murder.