Academic American Encyclopedia (1990) entry on Maude Adams
Maude Adams, b. Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 11, 1872, d. July 17, 1953, an American actress of both intellect and pixielike charm, is best remembered for her performance in the title role of Sir James M. Barrie's Peter Pan (1905-1907). A successful child actress ( she first appeared on stage at the age of nine months), she made her New York debut in 1888 and became famous playing threatened heroines of melodrama. Producer Charles Frohman made her a star, and Barrie wrote her most successful parts, in such plays as The Little Minister (1897-1898), Quality Street (1902), and What Every Woman Knows (1908-1909). After Frohman's death in 1915 her career declined, and she retired in 1918.