Cornell, Katharine,1898–1974, American actress, b. Berlin. Cornell made her debut in 1916 with the Washington Square Players. In 1921 she married Guthrie McClintic, a producer-director. From their first production together, The Green Hat in 1925, they proved to be a successful team, with such productions as The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1931, repeated on television, 1956), Saint Joan (1936), Candida (1937), The Doctor's Dilemma (1941), and The Three Sisters (1942). She was often able to carry a weak production on the basis of her strong voice, expressive face, and acting style. Cornell played Mrs. Patrick Campbell in Dear Liar on Broadway in 1960. After McClintic's death in 1961, Cornell retired from the theater.
See her autobiography (1939); G. McClintic, Me and Kit (1955).
Born Feb. 16, 1898, in Berlin. American actress.
Cornell made her stage debut in 1917 in New York with the Washington Square Players and later acted in different companies. After her success in the role of Iris Fenwick (The Green Hat by M. Arlen, 1925), she became an acknowledged star of the commercial Broadway theater. In 1930 she and her producer husband G. McClintic organized a troupe; they toured the whole country, attracting a broad mass audience. Among her best roles were Elizabeth Barrett (The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Besier), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare), Joan of Arc (Saint Joan by Shaw), Masha (The Three Sisters by Chekhov), and Mrs. Patrick Campbell (Dear Liar by Kilty).
WORKSI Wanted To Be an Actress [3rd ed.]. New York .
REFERENCESMalvern, G. Curtain Going Up! The Story of Katharine Cornell. New York .
McClintic, G. Me and Kit. Boston .