Maude Adams (1872-1953) was a very popular stage actress in the early twentieth century. She possessed an elfin quality which suited the plays of James M. Barrie, particularly Peter Pan, a play in which she played the title role and for which she is most noted.
Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden was born 1 November 1872 in Salt Lake City. Her mother, Annie Adams, was a leading lady in the stock company which played in the local Social Hall. Her father, James Kiskadden, worked for a bank and also in the Alta mines. At the age of nine months Maude made her first theatrical appearance. Despite her father`s objections, she soon joined her mother onstage using the name Maude Adams. She and her mother traveled throughout the West with a theatrical barnstorming troupe, playing in rough mining towns as well as in larger cities like San Francisco. It was a difficult way for a young girl to grow up. In a short piece, "The One I Knew Least," Adams later wrote about how hard it was for her to form her own personality when she was given so many set roles. She did return to Salt Lake for a little while to live with her grandmother and attend the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute.