Maude Adams

Born Nov 11, 1872

Maude Ewing Kiskadden, known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American stage actress who achieved her greatest success as Peter Pan. Adams's personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak. She was often referred to simply as "Maudie" by her fans.… Read More

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1872 Birth Born on November 11, 1872.


1888 15 Years Old She then became a member of E. H. Sothern's theatre company in Boston, appearing in The Highest Bidder, and then was on Broadway in Lord Chumley in 1888. … Read More
1889 16 Years Old In 1889, sensing he had a potential new star on his hands, Hoyt offered her a five-year contract, but Adams declined in favor of a lesser offer from the powerful producer Charles Frohman who, from that point forward, took control of her career. … Read More
1890 17 Years Old In 1890, Frohman asked David Belasco and Henry C. de Mille to specially write the part of Dora Prescott for Adams in their new play Men and Women, which Frohman was producing. … Read More


Frohman paired Adams and Drew in a series of plays beginning with The Masked Ball and ending with Rosemary in 1896. … Read More
1899 26 Years Old …  In 1899, she portrayed Shakespeare's Juliet. … Read More
1900 27 Years Old Romeo and Juliet was followed by L'Aiglon in 1900, a French play about the life of Napoleon II of France in which Adams played the leading role, foreshadowing her portrayal of another male (Peter Pan) five years later. … Read More
1901 28 Years Old …  Adams, a lesbian, had two long-term relationships, with Lillie Florence from the early 1890s until 1901, and with Louise Boynton from 1905 to 1951. … Read More


1909 36 Years Old In 1909, she played Joan of Arc in Friedrich Schiller's The Maid of Orleans. … Read More
1911 38 Years Old She appeared in another French play with 1911's Chantecler, the story of a rooster who believes his crowing makes the sun rise. … Read More


1918 45 Years Old Adams retired in 1918 after a severe bout of influenza. … Read More


1931 58 Years Old After 13 years away from the stage, she returned to acting, appearing occasionally in regional productions of Shakespeare plays, including as Portia in The Merchant of Venice in Ohio, in 1931, and as Maria in Twelfth Night in 1934 in Maine.


1937 64 Years Old Adams was the head of the drama department at Stephens College in Missouri from 1937 to 1943, becoming known as an inspiring teacher in the arts of acting.
1938 65 Years Old After her retirement, Adams was on occasion pursued for roles in film. The closest she came to accepting was in 1938, when producer David O. Selznick persuaded her to do a screen test (with Janet Gaynor, who would later play the female lead) for the role of Miss Fortune in the film The Young in Heart. … Read More
1953 81 Years Old Died on July 17, 1953.
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