Molly Kazan

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Molly Kazan
Born Mary Day Thacher
(1906-12-16)December 16, 1906
Orange, New Jersey
Died December 14, 1963(1963-12-14) (aged 56)
New York City, New York

Molly Kazan (December 16, 1906[1] – December 14, 1963) was an American dramatist and playwright.

Kazan was born Mary Day Thacher in Orange, New Jersey,[1] the daughter of Emma Cecelia (née Erkenbrecher) and Alfred Beaumont Thacher, a lawyer,[2][3] and the granddaughter of Elizabeth (Day) and classicist and college administrator Thomas Anthony Thacher. Her uncle was lawyer Thomas Thacher. She was the first wife of the acclaimed and controversial film director Elia Kazan.

She wrote the following plays:

  • The Egghead
  • Rosemary
  • The Alligator

She died in 1963 in Bellevue Hospital in New York City following a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 56 years old.[4]

She was survived by her husband and four children, including the playwright Nicholas Kazan. Her granddaughter is actress Zoe Kazan.


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  4. ^ Theatre World (Season 1962 - 1963) obituary. Library of Congress Catalog Card #46-13321.


  • Who’s Who of American Women, 1st ad. (1958–59), p. 679 (re Molly Thacher Kazan)
  • Yale University Obituary Record of Graduates Deceased During the Year Ending July 1, 1928, pp. 58–59 (re Alfred Beaumont Thacher)
  • Biographical and Historical Record of the Class of 1835 in Yale College for the Fifty Years from the Admission of the Class to College (1881), pp. 165–68 (re Thomas Anthony Thacher)
  • C.T. Cobb, L.E. Thacher, & D.W. Allen, Genealogy and Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher (1872), pp. 12–15.

External links[edit]

  • [4] Notable Kin: New England in Hollywood, Part II: Behind the Scenes