Molly Kazan

Molly Kazan
Born Mary Day Thacher
(1906-12-16)December 16, 1906
Orange, New Jersey
Died December 14, 1963(1963-12-14) (aged 56)
New York, New York
Occupation Dramatist, playwright
Spouse(s) Elia Kazan
Children 4

Molly Day Kazan (December 16, 1906[1] – December 14, 1963) was an American dramatist and playwright.

Early life

Kazan was born in Orange, New Jersey,[1] the daughter of Emma Cecelia (née Erkenbrecher) and Alfred Beaumont Thacher, a lawyer,[2][3] and the granddaughter of Elizabeth (Day) and classicist and college administrator Thomas Anthony Thacher. Her uncle was lawyer Thomas Thacher. She was the first wife of the acclaimed and controversial film director Elia Kazan.


She wrote the following plays:

Personal life

She died in 1963 in Bellevue Hospital in New York City following a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 56 years old, 2 days before her 57th birthday. [4]

She was survived by her husband and four children, including the playwright Nicholas Kazan. Her granddaughter is actress Zoe Kazan.


  1. 1 2 Yale University. Class of 1874; Farnam, H.W. (1912). Biographical Record of the Class of 1874 in Yale College: Part Fourth, 1874-1909. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  2. Roberts, G.B.; Dearborn, D.C. (1998). Notable kin: an anthology of columns first published in the NEHGS nexus, 1986-1995. 2. Published in cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, by Carl Boyer, 3rd. ISBN 9780936124209. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  3. Thacher, E.J. (1980). Thomas Thacher, 1620-1678, Boston branch, progenitors and descendants. Thacher. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  4. Theatre World (Season 1962–1963) obituary. Library of Congress Catalog Card #46-13321.

Further reading

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