Biography

Frances Homer

Frances Homer Schreiner (July 24 1901 – March 13, 1995), was an American actor, author and playwright.

Her mother Elizabeth Schreiner ran the Philadelphia School of Expression and Dramatic Art, and when she was 16, Frances quit school “to seek fame and fortune on the stage.” For a time, she was the youngest stock-company leading lady in America. She acted and wrote under the name Frances Homer.

In the 1920s, Homer wrote and produced one-acts and sketches, often traveling across the country. She married early, but soon divorced.

“I did a very foolish thing. I married a man whose family was in Baltimore society,” she recalled. “They thought the stage was simply the worst thing that could come to anybody, it was dreadful, it was disgraceful, and they insisted I give it up, and I had to for a while, and then I missed my work so much…”

In the mid-1930s, she wrote a series of children’s plays, one of which, Cinderella of Loreland (1934), San Diego Junior Theatre produced in 1949. Others in the series were The Sleeping Beauty of Loreland (1935), Beauty and the Beast of Loreland (1936), and Jack’s Beanstalk of Loreland (1936).

Cinderella of Loreland was first performed in 1933 at the Century Drawing Rooms in Philadelphia, by students of her mother’s drama academy, directed by Frances Homer.

Homer later married Delmar G. “Barney” Roos (1888–1960), Studebaker’s head of engineering from 1926-1936, and co-designer of the Willys Jeep.

Frances Homer Schreiner Roos died in 1995 at the age of 93.

A scene from San Diego Junior Theatre's 1949 Production of Cinderella of Loreland.A scene from San Diego Junior Theatre's 1949 Production of Cinderella in Loreland.Cinderella of LorelandAd for Cinderella from San Diego Union newspaper, 1949