Aurania Rouverol

Aurania Rouverol (née Ellerbeck; August 13, 1886 – June 23, 1955) was an American writer best known for her play Skidding, in which she created Andy Hardy and his family,[1] who were turned into a popular series of sixteen movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Aurania Rouverol
BornAugust 13, 1886
DiedJune 23, 1955(1955-06-23) (aged 68)
Palo Alto, California
ChildrenJean Rouverol


Aurania Ellerbeck was born in Utah to Thomas Witten Ellerbeck, one of the chief clerks of Brigham Young. She went to Stanford University and studied playwriting at 47 Workshop. She worked as an actor on stage.

She died in Palo Alto, California, aged 68 years.[2]

She married Joseph Augustas Rouverol in 1946[3] and was the mother of Jean Rouverol.

Select writings

  • Skidding (1928) - play
  • It Never Rains (1929) - play
  • Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) - film, dialogue
  • Growing Pains (1933) - play
  • All in Marriage (1935) - play
  • Places Please! (1937) - play


  1. Crowther, Bosley (April 10, 1942). "The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' The Courtship of Andy Hardy,' a Comedy-Drama Starring Mickey Rooney at Capitol -New Film Opens at the Palace".
  2. MRS. ROUVEROL, 69, AUTHOR, ACTRESS: Playwright, Creator of Andy Hardy Series, Dies on Coast -- Meg in 'Little Women' New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 June 1955: 15.
  3. Mrs. Aurania Rouverol Wed New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 Feb 1946: 36.
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