December 28, 1895
|Died||June 22, 1988, age 92|
|Known for||Claudia stories|
|Spouse(s)||Sigmund W.A. Franken (1913-1932, his death)|
William Brown Meloney (1905–1971)
Born Rose Dorothy Lewin in Gainesville, Texas, Franken was the youngest child of Michael and Hannah Younker Lewin. When Franken was 12, the family moved to New York; there, she attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. After graduation, she planned to attend Barnard College but was wed instead.
Her books included Of Great Riches (1937), Strange Victory (1939), Claudia: The Story of A Marriage (1939), and When Doctors Disagree (1940). From her novel Claudia and a Redbook magazine serial story, "Claudia and David," Franken developed a play, a radio series (Claudia), and two films. These works led to a television series, Claudia (1952).
Franken's first play was Another Language (1932), which was the basis for the film Another Language (1933). Her next play was Claudia (1941).
On September 1, 1913, she married Sigmund Walter Anthony Franken, an oral surgeon who died on December 17, 1932. They had three children, including physicist Peter Franken. On April 27, 1937, she married writer William Brown Meloney. He died on May 4, 1971.
- Claudia and David (1960) (TV movie)
- Claudia (1960) (TV movie)
- Another Language (1957) (TV movie)
- Mr. Dooley, Jnr. (1953) (TV movie)
- Another Language (1952) (TV movie)
- The Secret Heart (1946)
- Claudia and David (1943)
- Claudia (1943)
- Made for Each Other (1939)
- Beloved Enemy (1936)
- Next Time We Live (1936)
- Dante's Inferno (1935)
- Alias Mary Dow (1935)
- Storm Over the Andes (1935)
- Elinor Norton (1934)
- Another Language (1933)
- "Rose Franken, 92, Author of the 'Claudia' Stories". The New York Times. New York, New York City. June 24, 1988. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- Kerr, Adelaide (January 27, 1942). "Texas-Born Rose Franken Prefers To Write From Life". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Associated Press. p. 2-B. Retrieved February 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mother Role". The News-Palladium. October 1, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved March 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Sherilyn Brandenstein, "Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken," The Handbook of Texas Online
- Jacobson, Betty (October 25, 1963). "When All Is Said and Done". Carrol Daily Times Herald. Iowa, Carroll. p. 6. Retrieved February 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Frank, Glenda. "Rose Franken 1895 - 1988". Encyclopedia. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- James Lynwood Wilson, Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist, p. 22. Pelican Publishing Company (1990) ISBN 0-88289-658-X