Adela Rogers St. Johns

Adela Rogers St. Johns

Born May 20, 1894

Adela Rogers St. Johns was an American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She wrote a number of screenplays for silent movies and, late in life, appeared with other early twentieth-century figures as one of the 'witnesses' in Warren Beatty's Reds, but she is best remembered for her groundbreaking exploits as a "girl reporter" during the 1920s and 1930s.… Read More

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1894 Birth Born on May 20, 1894.


1910 16 Years Old St. Johns was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of a prominent Los Angeles criminal lawyer, Earl Rogers, who was a friend of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Adela Rogers as she was known in high school, was Hollywood High School's first real celebrity graduate and in the graduating class of 1910. … Read More


1927 33 Years Old Writing in a distinctive, emotional style, St. Johns reported on, among other subjects, the controversial Jack Dempsey–Gene Tunney "long-count" fight in 1927, the treatment of the poor during the Great Depression, and the 1935 trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for kidnapping and murdering the son of Charles Lindbergh. … Read More


1935 41 Years Old Her coverage of the assassination of Senator Huey Long in 1935, the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, the Democratic National Convention of 1940, and other major stories made her one of the best-known reporters of the day.


1948 54 Years Old St. Johns again left newspaper work in 1948 in order to write books, and to teach at a series of universities.


1962 68 Years Old In 1962 she published Final Verdict, a biography of her father Earl Rogers. … Read More
1970 76 Years Old St. Johns was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on April 22, 1970.
1980 86 Years Old In 1980, she appeared to great effect in the television documentary series Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film. … Read More
1988 94 Years Old Died on August 10, 1988.
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