Maude Adams (1872-1953) was an American actress who rose to fame in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her acting career at the age of 15. Adams quickly established herself as a leading lady on the American stage, known for her beauty and natural talent. She performed in a wide range of plays, from Shakespearean classics to contemporary works.
In the 1890s, Adams became particularly associated with the plays of James M. Barrie, starring in productions of “The Little Minister” and “Quality Street” before making her greatest success as Peter Pan in the first stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play. She played Peter Pan in over 300 performances and the play become one of the most successful productions in Broadway history.
Adams also made her mark in film, appearing in silent films such as “The Moth” (1916) and “Miss Lulu Bett” (1921). However, she returned to the stage where she continued to act until her retirement in 1933.
Adams was widely regarded as one of the most talented and popular actresses of her time. She received several awards and honors throughout her career, including the prestigious French Legion of Honor. Adams passed away in 1953.