Rebecca Franklin Morehouse, Journalist and Widow of Critic, Dies at 95

Obituaries   Rebecca Franklin Morehouse, Journalist and Widow of Critic, Dies at 95
Rebecca Franklin Morehouse, the widow of Ward Morehouse, a theatre critic during Broadway's Golden Age, and a journalist in her own right, died Jan. 7 of heart failure, according to her niece Jeanmarie Frankline DeLoach. She was 95 and had been living in an assisted living facility in Statesboro, GA, close to where she was born in Register, GA, on Nov. 15, 1915.

Ms. Morehouse, a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, wrote for the Birmingham News and the Atlanta Journal, before she married Ward Morehouse, the colorful, Southern-born drama critic at the New York Sun, and moved to New York. The two had met in the Atlanta Journal's clipping bureau. The courtly critic, known for his many amorous pursuits, quickly fell for the Georgian. Two months later they were married. The couple lived at the Plaza Hotel for 11 years, where they were visited by the stage and screen stars of the day, including Ethel Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. Ms. Morehouse wrote for Time, The New York Times, and other publications.

After Ward Morehouse died in 1967, Ms. Morehouse continued to live in Manhattan and for many years wrote a monthly column in Playbill magazine. She also wrote a play called Prom Party, which was produced at George Southern University.

Surviving Morehouse are are her nephews Britt Franklin, Wayne Franklin and Robert Franklin, nieces Carlene Franklin Johnson and Jeanmarie Franklin DeLoach, as well as a stepson, Ward Morehouse III, a theatre writer and author.

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