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Obituary: silent-era screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas dies aged 111

Frederica Sagor Maas, the US playwright, author and screenwriter who was one of the last living connections to the world of silent cinema, has died aged 111. She died at a nursing facility in California, and at the time of her death she was the third oldest person in the state.

Born in 1900, Frederica Sagor Maas studied journalism at university and eventually ended up with a three-year writing contract at MGM. In her memoir, she recalled being given film titles and asked to come up with a story, only for other people to take the credit once she was finished. By 1934, she was finished with Hollywood.

In the 1940s she wrote The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, which briefly drew her back to the film business. But for the most part, she earned a living as a professional ghost writer for business articles while working on other projects such as plays and books. Finally, in 1999 she wrote her autobiography, also titled The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, although some critics accused her of being too hard on the film industry.

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