Frances Hyland (Frances C. Moore)

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Stuttgart, Arkansas, USA
Screenwriter Frances Hyland was born in Arkansas around 1904 the daughter of William C. and Auralee (or Aura Lee) Moore. She was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas where her father was the editor of a local newspaper. In 1926 Frances became the first woman to be hired by Universal Studios as a gagman (comedy writer).

Source material for this mini biography: 1910, 1920 & 1930 US Census records and a newspaper article printed in the 9 July, 1926 issue of The Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune. Read more...