Betty Smith

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Birthday
15, 1896
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jan 17, 1972 (75)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
15, 1896
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jan 17, 1972 (75)

About

An American novelist and dramatist, she is most famous for her 1943 work, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Her other works include Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947) and Joy in the Morning (1963).

Before Fame

She grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, as the daughter of German immigrants. Her childhood experiences deeply influenced her famous debut novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Trivia

She received both a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship.

Family Life

With her first husband, George H.E. Smith, she had two daughters. She married her second husband, Joseph Jones, in 1943.

Associated With

Her novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was made into a feature film by director Elia Kazan.