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SCARBOROUGH, GEORGE MOORE (1875–195?). George Moore Scarborough, playwright, was born at Mount Carmel, Smith County, Texas, on June 3, 1875, the son of John B. and Mary Adelaide (Ellison) Scarborough and the brother of Emily Dorothy Scarborough. The family moved to Sweetwater in the early 1880s and to Waco in 1887. Scarborough studied law at Baylor University and received a law degree from the University of Texas in 1897. He practiced law with his father from 1897 until his father's death in 1905. He married Anne Saunders of Grimes County in 1899, but they were later divorced; he subsequently married Annette A. Westbay, with whom he collaborated on several of his later plays. Scarborough moved to New York in 1905 and worked as a reporter for the New York American until 1909. He took a job as a secret-service agent for the United States Department of Justice in 1909, but resigned in 1914 to devote his time to writing. Several of his early plays drew on his secret-service experience for material. Scarborough received national recognition for his work, and several of his plays were successful Broadway productions. Among his plays were The Lure (1912), At Bay (1913), What is Love? (1914), The Heart of Wetona (1916), Moonlight and Honeysuckle (1918), The Son-Daughter (1919), Mrs. Hope's Husband (1921), The Heaven Tappers (with Annette A. Westbay, 1926), The Girl I Loved (with Annette A. Westbay, 1929), and The Moon of Honey (with Annette A. Westbay, 1929). By the late 1920s Scarborough had moved to Los Angeles, California, where he wrote plays at least through the mid-1930s; he probably remained in the Los Angeles area until his death, which probably occurred in the early 1950s.


Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl


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Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "SCARBOROUGH, GEORGE MOORE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.