James J. Elward Passport Photo, 1976James Joseph Elward was born and raised on the north side of Chicago Novemember 22nd 1928, and he passed August 30th 1996, in New York City.
Hiis mother and father were born in Chicago as well.

Archives: James Elward's scripts, notes, plays and more can be accessed from the University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center. Here is the link to the files: http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah10499.xml

Wikipedia Entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Elward

James was a playright and actor and each summer for over 35 years he worked with the Barnstormers Theatre group. See photos of his work.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc has the following works for licensing:








Best of Friends James Elward Comedy Full Length
Friday Night James Elward Three Short Plays One Acts
Mary Agnes is Thirty-Five James Elward Short Play One Act
Passport James Elward Short Play One Act
The River James Elward Short Play One Act


James ElwardJame's career as an author (writing as Rebecca James) received a significant boost when he was selected to finish Helen Van Slyke's "Public Smiles, Private Tears" when she passed in 1979.

Here's a short quote about that experience:

Public Smiles, Private Tears" is not only Bev's story - it is the story of an entire generation of women who find themselves in a world where traditional standards and assumptions no longer work. There is Ruth who followed the rules, Marion who broke them, and Sylvia - who created her own. Here too are the men who loved them, used them, worshiped them from afar, hurt them - and sometimes left them. Helen Van Slyke draws upon her own experience in the glittering world of the powerful to tell a fascinating story of the people she knows so well: their successes and failures, their triumphs and tragedies, their public smiles and their private tears.

This is Helen Van Slyke's tenth and final novel, the first half of which she had completed before her untimely death on July 3, 1979. Although she had begun writing only nine years earlier at the age of fifty, she achieved international acclaim as the author of such bestsellers as "No Love Lost," "A Necessary Woman," "The Mixed Blessing," and "The Heart Listens." James Elward, novelist ("Storm's End"; "Tomorrow is Mine") and playwright ("Best of Friends"; "Hallelujah!"), had always admired Helen Van Slyke, both as a writer and as a person. When he read the unfinished manuscript of "Public Smiles, Private Tears," he truly felt that it was Helen's greatest achievement, and immediately began the enormous task of finishing the book. The result is a novel so completely faithful to the spirit of Helen Van Slyke that it is sure to captivate and move her readers just as her previous books have done - a fitting tribute to a writer beloved by millions.


There will be more material added shortly, but if you have any questions about his career as a playwright, actor, novelist and screenwriter, just write me here: patrick A T elward D O T org. Thanks!

Patrick James Elward, Godson and nephew.