Bridget Jean Collins Kerr, 1922 - 2003

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Time magazine cover (14 April 1961)

Born: 10 July 1922, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Died: 5 January 2003, White Plains, New York

Bridget Jean Collins was raised at Scranton, Pennsylvania, received her B.A. from Marywood College in 1943 and an M.F.A. from Catholic University in 1945. She met Walter Kerr, a drama professor and later Pulitzer-winning critic, when she came to Catholic University, marrying in August. The Kerrs had a daughter and five sons. In 1946 the Kerrs wrote their first screenplay, and continued to collaborate for many years - in some cases writing together, in others Jean wrote and Walter directed. They bought a large, rundown house at Larchmont, New York and their experiences in raising children, Jean writing on the side (to get time to write she often locked herself in the car), and renovating the house was the basis for Please Don't Eat the Daisies, a 1957 book that became a movie with Doris Day and David Niven as the parents in 1960. In addition to writing for the stage she also wrote several books, before Erma Bombeck or Anna Quindlen she was writing with humor and insight about raising children and running a household while working. Her last dramatic effort was in 1980, although she continued to write for magazines. She died from complications of pneumonia.

Biography from Wikipedia and Washington Monthly

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