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The Oldest Famous Entertainers in History

Frederica Sagor Maas
> Age at time of death: 111
> Lifespan: 1900-2012
> Occupation: American screenwriter, playwright, essayist

The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Frederica Sagor Maas jettisoned a journalism career for screenwriting during the silent era of motion pictures. She found success writing Clara Bow’s hit “The Plastic Age” (1925). That got her a contract with MGM but she left that movie studio because she claimed others got credit for her work. Maas joined another studio and wrote and received credit for so-called flapper comedies. She and her husband Ernest wrote screenplays, and one was turned into a musical comedy starring Betty Grable, “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim.”

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