Maurine Dallas Watkins (July 27, 1896 -- August 10, 1969) was born in Kentucky but moved Crawfordsville as a child and later attended Crawfordsville High School. She went on to become a journalist and playwright. In the late 1920s she wrote the play "Chicago, which ran on Broadway. A 1927 silent film version was produced by Cecil B. DeMille; it was remade as "Roxie Hart" in 1942 with Ginger Rogers in the title role. After Watkins' death, "Chicago" was adapted as a musical for stage and eventually as a 2002 film starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere.
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