Marjorie Kellogg was one of the early women writers in television and film. She was born in Santa Barbara, California, one of two children of Emma Pickett Kellogg and Eugene Shirrell Kellogg. Her father, descended from a pioneer California family linked to the Donner party, was a Berkeley-trained entomologist who worked as the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner. Emma Kellogg was a housewife with a natural artistic gift who pursued woodcarving in college extension classes and designed and carved beautiful furniture. Marjorie grew up on a farm that was somewhat remote, but she had her own horse for companionship, and she remembers making up stories to amuse herself when she rode down to the creek near her home. She attended the private Santa Barbara Girl’s School, and later the state Normal School. Her childhood was happy except for the asthma that first struck when she was two and kept her frequently bedridden until she was about seven.
Kellogg attended the University of California at Berkeley briefly. She worked on the San Francisco Chronicle during World War II and was correspondent in Spain for Salute magazine in 1946. After she returned to her home in Santa Barbara, Kellogg did social work for the Red Cross under the guidance of a local resident, Mrs. Harold W. Howe, then president of the Red Cross. Kellogg returned to school and received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Barbara College, now the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mrs. Howe, a graduate of Smith College, suggested that Kellogg attend Smith’s School of Social Work, from which Kellogg received her master’s of social work in 1951.
During her training, Kellogg had worked in New York, and she continued to work there as a hospital social worker until 1968. She had a strong interest in theater, and during the 1950’s she completed two television plays: “Rain in the Morning,”...
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