1872 – 1953 A.D.
Maude Adams, an American actress, born at Salt Lake City, Utah. Her parents James and Annie Kiskadden (stage name Adams) were both actors. She first appeared in the West, in children’s parts, when very young. Her first success in New York was with John Drew in The Masked Ball (1892) when she made an extraordinary advance in public favor. Soon after this she became a star under the management of Charles Frohman, and remained under his direction until his death in 1915.
Her most important impersonations have been in plays by J.M. Barrie and Edmond Ronstand. The delightful, whimsical boyishness of her Peter Pan, the charm of her Lady Babbie, and the power and pathos of her Duke de Reichstadt, had place Miss Adams among the foremost artists on the American stage.
In 1908 – 1910 she gave some notable performances of Twelfth Night, Joan of Arc and As You Like It at some of the principal universities.
Recently Miss Adams has been devoting herself to new ideas in the progress of motion-picture art.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.