Adams, Maude, 1872-1953.
Billy Rose Theatre Division
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The Maude Adams collection reflects many of the actress' varied interests: acting, directing, lighting, writing, sketching and teaching. The collection spans the years 1879-1956 and includes correspondence, writings by Maude Adams and others; papers relating to her teaching and directing at Stephens College; and programs, autographed material, portraits, clippings, and mementos from friends and colleagues.
Maude Adams, actress, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1872. She made her stage debut with her mother, actress Annie Adams when only a few months old. From 1877-1887 she played children's roles in twenty-six plays. In 1890 Charles Frohman engaged both mother and daughter for his new stock company at New York's Empire Theatre. Under histutelage, Maude Adams eventually became John Drew's leading lady and was later cast in J.M. Barrie's THE LITTLE MINISTER. She met with great success as Lady Babbie and went on to become the quintessential Barrie heroine in WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS, QUALITY STREET, THE LEGEND OF LEONORA and PETER PAN.
Maude Adams retired from the stage in 1918 and focused her work on perfecting stage lighting. Later she became interested in color photography for motion pictures. She returned to the stage twice - in 1931 to play Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and in 1934 to play Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT.
In 1937, at the age of 65, she accepted a teaching position at Stephens College in Missouri where she developed an acting program and directed student productions. In 1950, when she was no longer physically able to continue her activities, she returned to her home in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. where she died in 1953 at the age of 81.
Controlled Access Terms
- Adams, Maude, 1872-1953.
- Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937. The little minister.
- Stephens College.
- Theater -- Study and teaching.
- Actresses -- United States.