Ursula Parrott

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Ursula Parrott
BornKatherine Ursula Towle
(1900-03-26)March 26, 1900
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedSeptember 1957 (1957-10) (aged 57)
New York City, United States
GenreRomantic fiction
Lindesay Marc Parrott Sr.
(m. 1924; div. 1928)

Charles Terry Greenwood
(m. 1931; div. 1932)

John J. Wildberg Jr.
(m. 1934, div))

Alfred Coster Schermerhorn
(m. 1939; div. 1944)
ChildrenLindesay Marc Parrott Jr.

Katherine Ursula Towle (March 26, 1900 – September 1957) better known by her pen name Ursula Parrott, was an American writer of romantic fiction stories and novels.

Poster for Left Over Ladies (1931), based on an article by Ursula Parrott


Parrott's first novel, Ex-Wife, was published in 1929,[1] and was subsequently adapted for film as The Divorcee starring Norma Shearer (who won an Oscar for her role) in 1930. Shearer also starred in an adaptation of the 1930 Strangers May Kiss. Her novel Next Time We Live was adapted for film as Next Time We Love in 1936.[2]

In December 1942, Parrott became the subject of national coverage when she was brought up on Federal charges of attempting to help the jazz guitarist Michael Neely Bryan escape from the Miami Beach Army stockade,[3][4][5] but was found innocent by the jury at her trial.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Parrott was married four times. Her first marriage to the journalist Lindesay Marc Parrott lasted from 1924 to 1928, and together, they were the parents of one son:[8]

  • Lindesay Marc Parrott Jr. (b. 1924)[9][10]

Her second to the banker Charles Greenwood in 1931 lasted a year.[11] Parrott's third marriage, to the theatrical lawyer and producer John J. Wildberg in 1934, ended in June 1938.[12] Her final marriage, to Alfred Coster Schermerhorn, officially ended in 1944.[13][14]

Parrott died in New York in 1957, apparently in poverty.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Books: Man Leaves Woman". Time Magazine. August 26, 1929. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Frank S. Nugent (January 31, 1936). "Next Time We Love (1936) THE SCREEN; Talkative Is the Word for 'Next Time We Love,' Current at the Radio City Music Hall". New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "U.S. At War: The New Ursula Parrott Story". Time Magazine. January 11, 1943. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ursula Parrott is Indicted On Three Federal Charges". St. Petersburg Times. January 9, 1943. p. 9. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Novelist Seen Making Love In Army Stockade". The Pittsburgh Press. February 26, 1943. p. 14. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ursula Parrott Freed of Federal Charges". The Tuscaloosa News. February 28, 1943. p. 10. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ New York Evening Post, Dec. 30, 1942 (AP) "Ursula Parrott, the author, in a press statement today took full responsibility"
  8. ^ McQuiston, John T. (21 September 1987). "Lindesay Parrott, Ex-Times Reporter". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ Ursula Parrott: A bio-bibliography - Susan Westall, July, 1999 (Master's Research Paper, Kent State University)
  10. ^ Called from Within: Early Women Lawyers of Hawaiʻi - edited by Mari J. Matsuda "Sau Ung Loo Chan. She later married Lindesay Marc Parrott"
  11. ^ "Gets Divorce on First Wedding Anniversary". Meriden Record. October 15, 1932. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Given Third Divorce". The Montreal Gazette. June 18, 1938. p. 23. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  13. ^ "Engaged. Katherine Ursula Towle Parrott Greenwood Wildberg (Ursula Parrott), 36, ex-wife of three, author of Ex-Wife; and Alfred Coster Schermerhorn, 41, socialite literary agent and ex-husband of two; in Manhattan."
  14. ^ "Ursula Parrott Granted Divorce". St. Petersburg Times. February 11, 1943. p. 19. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  15. ^ Leonard Lyons (September 25, 1957). "Quip-Equipped Groucho's No Slouch". St. Petersburg Times. p. 16-C. Retrieved May 7, 2011.

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