Grace Perkins

Grace Perkins (August 20, 1900 - December 16, 1955,[1] sometimes credited as Dora Macy)[2] was an American screenwriter, actress, and novelist active during the 1920s through the 1950s.[3]

Grace Perkins
Grace Margaret Perkins

August 20, 1900
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DiedDecember 16, 1955 (aged 55)
New York City, USA
Other namesDora Macy
OccupationScreenwriter, novelist, actress
Spouse(s)Fulton Oursler

Perkins's father was publisher James Lamont Perkins. She was the sister of musician Ray Perkins and actress Bobbie Perkins. Born in Boston, Perkins grew up in New York City and Westchester. She attended Madames of the Sacred Heart school in Manhattan and (for one year) a boarding school. Her collegiate studies at Columbia University's School of Journalism were stopped by her father's death during her sophomore year.[4]

After Perkins left Columbia, she studied stenography and worked with a magazine until Minnie Dupree encouraged her to try acting after they had worked together on entertainment for soldiers. Leaving the magazine, she went to Toronto, where she acted in a stock theater company, after which she performed in Rochester. Eventually, she left acting and became a newspaper reporter. Her first assignment, interviewing a woman whose husband had been murdered, turned her from covering hard news to writing book reviews and bedtime stories. Apart from that work for the newspaper, she wrote songs for children and serials and short stories for magazines.[4]

Perkins was the second wife of writer Fulton Oursler, with whom she had two children.[5]

On his death, Oursler left his estate to Perkins on the understanding that she would leave the estate to his four children. When she died, she only left it to the two children she had with Oursler and Oursler's other two children successfully sued for their share.[6]

On Broadway, Perkins portrayed Rosalie in The Lullaby (1923) and Miss Larrier in Her Way Out (1924).[1]

Perkins wrote the magazine article No More Orchids, which was the basis for the 1932 film of the same title.[7] She and Oursler wrote the play The Walking Gentleman (1942).[8]

She died in New York City in 1955.[9]

Selected filmographyEdit


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  2. ^ "15 Dec 1963, Page 23 - Detroit Free Press at". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ "15 Nov 1950, 21 - The Boston Globe at". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ a b Gnad, Betty (June 9, 1929). "Shall It Be Home or Career?". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 102. Retrieved February 14, 2021 – via
  5. ^ "26 May 1952, 2 - The Daily American at". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ "Denker, Original Author, Feared Crisis Now Facing 'Greatest Story'; Inside Stuff on Oursler Angle". Variety. June 29, 1960. p. 4. Retrieved February 13, 2021 – via
  7. ^ "'No More Orchids is sparklingly modern". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. January 4, 1933. p. 5. Retrieved February 14, 2021 – via
  8. ^ Ferris, John (May 10, 1942). "Another Murderer Is Stalked on Broadway". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Wide World Features. p. 18. Retrieved February 14, 2021 – via
  9. ^ "17 Dec 1955, 6 - The Morning Call at". Retrieved 2019-03-14.