Zoë Akins
Date of Birth
Oct 30, 1886
Birth Place:
Humansville, MO

Biography

Raised in Missouri, Ms. Akins got her start by submitting poems and short stories to the St. Louis Mirror. She wrote her first Broadway play, The Magical City, in 1919, but it was her second theatrical piece, the Ethel Barrymore vehicle Declassee, which made her famous. Ms. Akins' arch, mannered writing style was not to everyone's taste; she was a favorite target of male theatrical critics, one of...