Rose Franken

Rose Franken (December 28, 1895 – June 22, 1988), was an American author and playwright best known for her Claudia stories, plus the books, films, and plays based on them.

Rose Franken
Rose Lewin

December 28, 1895
DiedJune 22, 1988, age 92
Tucson, Arizona
Known forClaudia stories
Spouse(s)Sigmund W.A. Franken (1913-1932, his death)
William Brown Meloney (1905–1971)

Early years

Born Rose Dorothy Lewin[1] 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.[1]


Franken began writing after her second child was born. The editor to whom she sent her early work liked it and asked for more, thus beginning her career as a writer.[2]

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),[3] and two films. These works led to a television series,[4] Claudia (1952).

In 1963, Doubleday published Franken's autobiography, When All Is Said and Done.[5]

Franken's first play was Another Language (1932), which was the basis for the film Another Language (1933). Her next play was Claudia (1941).[1]

Personal life

On September 1, 1913, she married Sigmund Walter Anthony Franken, an oral surgeon who died on December 17, 1932.[6] They had three children,[2] including physicist Peter Franken. On April 27, 1937, she married writer William Brown Meloney. He died on May 4, 1971.[6]

She was one of the artists and writers to visit Melrose Plantation on the Cane River in Louisiana.[7]


Franken died on June 22, 1988, in Tucson, Arizona, at age 92. She was survived by her sons, Paul, John, and Peter; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.[1][4]

Selected filmography


  1. "Rose Franken, 92, Author of the 'Claudia' Stories". The New York Times. New York, New York City. June 24, 1988. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. 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
  3. "Mother Role". The News-Palladium. October 1, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved March 20, 2015 via
  4. Sherilyn Brandenstein, "Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken," The Handbook of Texas Online
  5. Jacobson, Betty (October 25, 1963). "When All Is Said and Done". Carrol Daily Times Herald. Iowa, Carroll. p. 6. Retrieved February 23, 2017 via
  6. Frank, Glenda. "Rose Franken 1895 - 1988". Encyclopedia. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  7. James Lynwood Wilson, Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist, p. 22. Pelican Publishing Company (1990) ISBN 0-88289-658-X
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