Stage & Screen Artist · Fiction Writer
Born November 14, 1913, Great Falls, Montana
Died February 21, 2011, Weston, Connecticut
Haila Stoddard made her Broadway acting debut in Moss Hart's and George S. Kaufman's Merrily We Roll Along (1934). The following year she set out on a two-year cross country tour of Jack Kirkland's successful play Tobacco Road. Stoddard and Jack Kirkland would later marry and settled in Springtown, Bucks County. Both were original supporters of the creation of a playhouse in Bucks County. Stoddard performed in the Bucks County Playhouse's premiere season opener Springtime for Henry in 1939, and continued to appear in at least 16 productions including Middle of the Night in 1958. Her many Broadway credits include The Rivals (1942), Blithe Spirit (1943) and The Frogs of Spring (1953). She was heard on the radio show Big Sister (1937-39) and was seen for many years on the television daytime serial The Secret Storm (CBS, 1953-1966). She produced plays in New York and London. She wrote three plays, one of which, A Round With Ring (1969), she also directed. In her varied theatrical career, she made it to Broadway as an actress, producer, playwright and director.
Image: Haila Stoddard and Edward Everett Horton in Springtime for Henry, 1939, photo by Maynard Clark, James A. Michener Art Museum, gift of Philip A. and Dianna T. Betsch