Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden followed in the footsteps of her mother, an actress, early in life. She made her acting debut when she was just two months old, and continued to act through childhood, taking her mother’s maiden name as her stage name, becoming known to the world as Maude Adams.
As an adult, she became the most famous and highest paid actress of her time. Her greatest success was playing Peter Pan in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan.
Outside of acting, Maude was shy, a bit of a recluse, she loved fashion and she was generous, known for helping recovering soldiers and natural disaster victims and raising money to build college theaters. And she would send tickets to disadvantaged kids so they could see Peter Pan. She took part in technology development, helping invent better lighting and worked on experiments of color film.
Later in life, she became a teacher, taking the position of head of the drama department at Stephens College in Missouri.