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Miriam Young

Miriam Burt Young, whose book Mother Wore Tights was one of the first Hollywood super-musicals, died September 12, 1974, at her home in Lake Katonah, NY. She was 62 years old.

The book was based on the life of her parents, who had appeared in vaudeville for many years as the team of Burt & Rosedale. The film, which opened in 1947, starred Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. The book recounted a happy childhood spent backstage, in boarding schools, on Pullman trains and in big and little hotels, ending with regret for the decline and disappearance of vaudeville.

Miriam also wrote novels and a series for children and teenagers, some 40 in all. The novels included Heaven Faces West, set in the San Francisco of 1896. Her children’s series included Miss Suzy, a tale of a gray squirrel chased from her oak-tree home by mean red squirrels.