Caylor, Rose

BORN 15 Mar 1898, Vilnius - DIED 1979, Nyack, New York
BIRTH NAME Libman, Rose
GRAVE LOCATION Nyack, New York: Oak Hill Cemetery, 140 North Highland Avenue (Near the grave of Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur)

Rose Caylor was born in Lithuania as Rose Libman and came to America with her family in 1906. She graduated at the University of Chicago and worked as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News. There she met Ben Hecht and she married him in 1925.

She assisted Hecht with many of his projects and adapted Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" for Broadway in 1930. She also wrote novels, among them The Woman on the Balcony" (1927) and "The Journey" (1933).

In 1943 their only child was born, Jenny Hecht. Ben Hecht died in 1964 and Jenny died of a drug overdose in 1971. Rose survived them both and died in 1979.

• Daughter: Hecht, Jenny
• Husband: Hecht, Ben (1925-1964)


The grave of Ben Hecht (on the left), Rose Caylor (in the middle) and Jenny Hecht (on the right) at Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack.
Picture by Androom (13 Apr 2010)


Cebotari, Maria

Published: 02 Jan 2011
Last update: 25 Feb 2022