Travelled the the U.S. and Europe as a child, and studied under philosopher William James at Radcliffe College. Moved to France in 1904 and found herself in the center of a crowd of artists that included Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Thornton Wilder. Although writing plays, prose and poetry for years, she was unknown as a writer until the 1933 publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, named after her companion of many years. Was known for using repetition in her writing including "There's no there there"; her often-quoted line "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" is from Sacred Emily (1913). Her home on Beech Street in the Allegheny West section of Pittsburgh still stands, with a plaque honoring her many accomplishments.
Historical Marker commemorating Gertrude Stein located at 850 Beech Ave., North Side, Pittsburgh.