Aurania Rouverol
BornAurania Ellerbeck
August 13, 1886
DiedJune 23, 1955(1955-06-23) (aged 68)
Palo Alto, California
SpouseJoseph Augustas Rouverol
ChildrenJean Rouverol

Aurania Rouverol (née Ellerbeck; August 13, 1886 – June 23, 1955) was an American writer best known for her play Skidding, in which she created Andy Hardy and his family,[1] who were turned into a popular series of sixteen movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Aurania Ellerbeck was born, the 22nd baby,[2] in Utah to Thomas Witten Ellerbeck, one of the chief clerks of Brigham Young.[3] She went to Stanford University[4][5][6] and studied playwriting at Radcliffe. She worked as an actress on stage.[7]

She died in Palo Alto, California, aged 68 years.[8]

She married Joseph Augustas Rouverol (Rouveyrol[9]) in 1946[10] and was the mother of actress and author Jean Rouverol (1916–2017).[11]

Select writings


  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (April 10, 1942). "The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' The Courtship of Andy Hardy,' a Comedy-Drama Starring Mickey Rooney at Capitol -New Film Opens at the Palace". The New York Times.
  2. ^ McGilligan, Patrick; Buhle, Paul (2012). Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 155–176. ISBN 978-0-8166-8037-5. Women from Utah had voted for quite a while and my mother, Aurania Ellerbeck, was a Republican feminist. She had been a change-of-life baby, the youngest of twenty-two children, only eight of whom were born to her mother. My grandfather was an apostate Mormon. After two years of trying to figure out a name for her, someone noticed that a Cunard liner named the 'Aurania' had docked in San Pedro, and they all thought, "What a nice name!" My mother went to Radcliffe to study playwriting, and while she was there in...
  3. ^ Rouverol (Ellerbeck), Aurania Western Name Authority File
  4. ^ Stanford Daily, Jan 7, 1932, p. 1
  5. ^ The Stanford English Club Year Book. 1909. The Stanford English Club takes pleasure in presenting the first of a proposed series of Year Books, initiated with the hope that it may conduce to the encouragement of original literary work at Stanford University.....'Little Kingdom' by Aurania Ellerbeck
  6. ^ "Fight songs that are out of this world". The Stanford Daily. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  7. ^ Aurania Ellerbeck in Little Women production in New York 1913 ... › ... › 1913 › Apr › 14 › Page 25 (A Scene in "Little Women" Joseph EAGLE ...)
  8. ^ "MRS. ROUVEROL, 69, AUTHOR, ACTRESS: Playwright, Creator of Andy Hardy Series, Dies on Coast -- Meg in 'Little Women'". New York Times. June 25, 1955. p. 15.
  9. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries 1933 Dramatic Compositions Motion Pictures Vol 6 Pt 1 For the Year 1933. U.S. Govt. Print. Off. 1933. Aurania Ellerbeck Rouveyrol, Palo Alto, Calif.
  10. ^ "Mrs. Aurania Rouverol Wed". New York Times. Feb 17, 1946. p. 36.
  11. ^ Jean Rouverol Butler Papers - Online Archive of California