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Name: Elaine Anderson  
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Date of Birth: 14th August 1914
Place of Birth: Austin, Texas, USA
Profession: Actress
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Elaine Anderson (August 14, 1914 – April 27, 2003) was an American actress and one of the first women to become a theatre stage manager. While married to actor Zachary Scott she was also known as Elaine Scott, and after her marriage to author John Steinbeck she was also known as Elaine Steinbeck.


Early life

Elaine Anderson was born August 14, 1914 in Austin, Texas.

Marriage and children

On February 21, 1934 Anderson married actor Zachary Scott whom she met while they both studied in the UTA theatre program. They divorced in December of 1950.

  • daughter Waverly (1936 – unknown). Also known as "Waverly Kaffaga" (wife of painter Al Kaffaga), executrix of her mother's estate.

With a week of her divorce from Zachary Scott, Elaine married John Steinbeck on December 28, 1950. They remained married until his death on December 20, 1968.

Stage Management

Anderson studied drama at UTA. She worked with husband Zachary at the Austin Little Theatre for several years, and in the process they met several people with connections in the New York theatre. Around 1940 the Scotts moved to New York City to seek success there. Though both wished to be successful actors, Zachary had more success in that area, so Elaine began working for The Theatre Guild in New York and learned the technical aspects of theatre production.

In 1943 Elaine was a stage manager for Oklahoma! on Broadway, becoming one of the first women to achieve that position. Soon after, she became one of the first women to take a show on the road, organizing and supervising the national tour of Othello with Paul Robeson and Uta Hagen.

In late 1944 Elaine gave up her career to relocate to Hollywood with husband Zachary, who had signed a seven year contract with Warner Brothers.


Anderson died of natural causes on April 27, 2003 in Manhattan. She was buried near John Steinbeck in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Salinas, California.



Anderson is said to have made uncredited appearances in two 1944 B-movies: A Night of Adventure, and Seven Days Ashore ("girl in band").

Published works

Steinbeck, John, Ed. Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten (1975) Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, Viking: University of California Press. ISBN 067066961X

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