Anne Caldwell (August 30, 1867 – October 22, 1936), also known as Anne Caldwell O'Dea, was a prolific playwright and lyricist. She was born Anne Marsh Caldwell in Boston, Massachusetts. She wrote both pop songs and Broadway shows, sometimes working with composer Jerome Kern.
She married lyricist James O'Dea on August 15, 1904.
In 1929, lured by producer William LeBaron, she went to Hollywood where she became a script doctor and write lyrics for RKO Pictures. It was announced that she was engaged by Max Hart to write songs with Harry Tierny. By October she was signed to write the lyrics for the film Dixiana.
Upon her passing, Variety called her "one of the most prolific librettists known to show business. A quiet, unassuming woman she developed a technique that rarely failed and was both book writer and lyricist."
Caldwell wrote lyrics and/or dialogue for dozens of Broadway shows:
- "Caldwell, Anne (1876–1936)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale. 2000.
- "Brides Index: Caldwell, Anna," Kings County, certificate #6075, Italian Genealogy Group.
- "Radio-Music: Caldwell-Tierney Talker," Variety (Jun. 5, 1929), p. 56.
- "Anne Caldwell Signed," Billboard (Oct 12, 1929), p. 22.
- Obituaries: Anne Caldwell," Variety (Oct. 28, 1936), p. 63.
- "Inside Stuff-Legit," Variety *(Oct. 28, 1936), p. 54.
- "Anne Caldwell". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
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- Anne Caldwell at the Internet Broadway Database
- The lady of the slipper: Musical with book by Caldwell and music by Victor Herbert Vocal score from Sibley Music Library Digital Scores Collection
- Anne Caldwell at the Songwriter's Hall of Fame
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