St. Johns, Adela Rogers (1894–1988)

Adela Rogers St. Johns was born in 1894, the daughter of noted criminal lawyer Earl Rogers. Her early childhood was characterized by frequent moves, as her father traversed the West Coast in pursuit of his legal career. In 1913, when she was 18, her father introduced her to William Randolph Hearst, and from that meeting she became the first female reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. She worked several beats, including crime, sports, city hall, and the hotel beat. She was transferred to the Los Angeles Herald in 1914, the same year she married William Ivan “Ike” St. Johns, a graduate of Stanford University and a copy editor for the Herald. In 1921 she went to work as a Hollywood columnist at Photoplay magazine but ...

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