Katharine Cornell

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Katharine Cornell

Birthplace: Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Death: June 09, 1974 (81)
Vineyard Haven, Tisbury, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter Cortelyou Cornell, MD and Alice Gardner Cornell
Wife of Guthrie McClintic

Occupation: Actress & Producer
Managed by: Tommaso Valarani
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About Katharine Cornell


Katharine Cornell (February 16, 1893 – June 9, 1974) was an American stage actress, writer, theater owner and producer. She was born to American parents and raised in Buffalo, New York.

Cornell is known as the greatest American stage actress of the 20th century. She was nicknamed "First Lady of the Theatre," a title also bestowed upon her friend Helen Hayes, though each deferred to the other. Nonetheless, her contributions to acting and to the theater are unparalleled. Cornell is noted for her major Broadway roles in serious dramas, often directed by her husband, Guthrie McClintic. Together, they formed a production company, which gave them complete artistic freedom in choosing and producing plays. Their production company gave first or prominent Broadway roles to some of the greatest actors of the 20th century, including many of the great British Shakespearean actors. In addition, the strength of her acting and the quality of the productions brought popular success to such authors as George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare, who until then were not often performed, thereby paving the way for their eventual popularity throughout the country for the rest of the century and beyond.

Photo: Katherine Cornell as Juliet in 1933

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Katharine Cornell's Timeline

February 16, 1893
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
June 9, 1974
Age 81
Tisbury, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States