Clare Kummer (January 9, 1873 — April 21, 1958) was an American composer, lyricist, and playwright.
Kummer was born Clare Rodman Beecher in Brooklyn, New York, the granddaughter of Rev. Edward Beecher and great-granddaughter of Lyman Beecher. Her great-uncle was Henry Ward Beecher, and her great-aunt was Harriet Beecher Stowe, among other notable members of their family. Her parents were Eugene Francis Beecher and Susan Wood Beecher.
Kummer wrote songs for musicals in New York beginning in 1903 such as in Sergeant Blue (1905) and A Knight For a Day (1908), before she started writing whole shows, usually musical comedies. Her plays included Noah’s Ark (1906), The Opera Ball (1912), The Choir Rehearsal (1914), Good Gracious, Annabelle (1916-1917), A Successful Calamity (1917), The Rescuing Angel (1917), Be Calm, Camilla (1918), Rollo's Wild Oat (1920), The Choir Rehearsal (1921, one-act), Chinese Love (1921, one-act), The Robbery (1921, one-act), Bridges (1921, one-act), The Mountain Man (1921), Banco (1922), One Kiss (1923), Annie Dear (1924), Madame Pompadour (1924), Pomeroy's Past (1926), So's Your Old Antique (1930), Amourette (1933), Her Master's Voice (1933), Spring Thaw (1938), and Many Happy Returns (1945),  "Any one of them had meant to me a gay and frolicsome evening, clever and fresh and full of grace," recalled one critic of Kummer's earlier plays.
She is credited on at least eight films and three television programs, usually the adaptations of her stage shows (including two screen adaptations of Good Gracious, Annabelle, silent in 1919, and sound, as Annabelle's Affairs, in 1931). She also authored several books, including Bible Rimes for the Not Too Young (1910).
Kummer married twice; her first husband was fellow playwright and author Frederick Arnold Kummer. They married in 1895 and divorced in 1903. They had two daughters, Marjorie (who married English actor Roland Young) and Frederica. Her second husband was Arthur Henry; they met through their mutual acquaintance, Theodore Dreiser, and married in 1910. She was widowed when Arthur died in 1934. Kummer died in Carmel, California, at the age of 85, in 1958. Princeton University and the New York Public Library hold some of her papers.
- Goldstein, Malcolm. "Clare Rodman Beecher Kummer", American National Biography Online (February 2000) doi:10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602109
- "The Antecedents of Clare Kummer", Brooklyn Daily Eagle (June 6, 1926): 62. via Newspapers.com
- "Grandniece of Beecher is Successful Playwright", Brooklyn Daily Eagle (February 18, 1917): 34. via Newspapers.com
- Brett Page, "Broadway" Star Press (November 9, 1924): 15. via Newspapers.com
- "A Kummer Comedy of Indecision" Baltimore Sun (January 2, 1938): 79. via Newspapers.com
- Pickering, Ruth. "Clare Kummer, The Year's New Playwright", Pearson's Magazine (January 1918): 316
- Kummer, Clare Beecher and Oliver Herford. Bible Rimes for the Not Too Young (B. W. Dodge & Company 1910)
- Oakes, Donald T. "Arthur Henry" in Keith Newlin, ed., A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group 2003): 186. ISBN 9780313316807
- Clare Beecher Kummer Papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, Princeton University Library
- "Victor Finizio research materials on Clare Kummer, 1890s-1965", Billy Rose Theatre Collection, New York Public Library
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- Clare Kummer at IMDb
- Clare Kummer at the Internet Broadway Database
- Works by Clare Kummer at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Clare Kummer's listing at Playbill
- Clare Kummer's listing at BFI
- Sheet music for "Dearie" (1905), one of Kummer's first hit songs, in the Digital Commons at the University of Maine.
- Sheet music for "Garden of Dreams" (1908), another song by Kummer, in the Historical Sheet Music Collection, Digital Commons, Connecticut College.
- The Online Books Page for Clare Beecher Kummer, including scripts and sheet music.
- Sheet Music from University of Tennessee, Knoxville Digital Collections