Frederica Sagor Maas, born on 6 July 1900 in New York and the daughter of Russian immigrants, is a rare instance of a supercentenarian who is noted for anything other than his or her extreme longevity.Born as Frederica Sagor in N.Y., Maas studied journalism at Columbia University, took writing jobs at the New York Globe and subsequently moved to Los Angeles and there became a screenwriter and story editor for (in order) Preferred Pictures, MGM, Fox and Paramount.
|Maas, as she appeared on the cover of her autobiography.|
Between 1938 and 1950, Maas and her husband, Ernest Maas, who she married in 1927, continuously wrote screenplays. Many were "swell fish", a term for film scripts that never go into production. Maas wrote her last screenplay in 1947, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, a story about feminism in the 1800s.
Maas and her husband had to struggle through the times of the Hollywood Ten, when the couple were accused by the FBI of subscribing to two Communist productions. Ernest Maas died in 1986 at age 84. The couple had no children. At age 99, Maas published her autobiography, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood.
Since 1 October 2009, Maas was the second oldest living person in California, allegedly then behind Gertrude Baines, 115 (though the dates do not appear to add up, as Baines died on 11 September 2009).