CORNELL, KATHARINE (1893-1974)
American stage actress, writer, theater owner and producer.
SP – Signed Photograph: Stunning 8”x10” black/white, matte-finish, heavy weight portrait which she has signed in white India ink in the lower right border. This beautiful character still is from the 1957 production of Jerome Kilty’s Deer Liar. There is a NY photographer’s mark in the lower right hand corner but we cannot make it out.
Cornell was dubbed The First Lady of the Theatre by critic Alexander Woollcott. She was the first performer to receive the Drama League Award for Romeo and Juliet in 1935. She was noted for her major Broadway roles in serious dramas, often directed by her husband, Guthrie McClintic. The couple formed a production company that gave them complete artistic freedom in choosing and producing plays. Their company gave first or prominent Broadway roles to some of the more notable actors of the 20th century, including many British Shakespearean actors.