Ketti Frings

Ketti Frings

Frings in May 1958
Born Katherine Hartley
(1909-02-28)28 February 1909
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Died 11 February 1981(1981-02-11) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Alma mater Principia College
Spouse Kurt Frings (m. 1939-1963)
Magnum opus Walking Happy (1967)
Look Homeward, Angel (1958)
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1958)

Ketti Frings (28 February 1909 – 11 February 1981) was an American author, playwright, and screenwriter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1958.


Early years

Born Katherine Hartley in Columbus, Ohio, Frings attended Principia College, began her career as a copywriter, and went on to work as a feature writer for United Press International.


In 1941 her novel Hold Back the Dawn was adapted for the screen. The resulting movie was directed by Mitchell Leisen and starred Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer. She wrote her first Broadway play, Mr. Sycamore, in 1942. The play featured Lillian Gish and Stuart Erwin in the lead roles.

Her Hollywood screenplays include Guest in the House (1944), The File on Thelma Jordon (1950), Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), About Mrs. Leslie (1954), The Shrike (1955), and Foxfire (1955).

Frings adapted the Thomas Wolfe novel Look Homeward, Angel into a play of the same name that opened on Broadway in 1957 and ran for 564 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It received six Tony Award nominations and Frings won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1958.[1] She was named "Woman of the Year" by The Los Angeles Times in the same year.

Personal life

Frings was married to Kurt Frings from 1938 to 1963 with whom she had two children; Kathie and Peter. She died of cancer in Los Angeles.



  1. "Drama". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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