Katharine Cornell

Katharine Cornell

Born Feb 16, 1893

Katharine Cornell was an American stage actress, writer, theater owner and producer. She was born to American parents and raised in Buffalo, New York. Cornell is regarded as one of 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.… Read More

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1893 Birth Born in 1893.


1919 26 Years Old Cornell joined with various theater companies, including the Bonstelle, that toured around the East Coast. In 1919, she went with the Bonstelle company to London to play Jo in a stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women. … Read More
1921 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Her first major Broadway role was as Sydney Fairfield, in A Bill of Divorcement in 1921. … Read More


1924 - 1927 3 More Events
1928 35 Years Old In 1928, Cornell played the lead role of the Countess Ellen Olenska in a dramatized version of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence. … Read More
1930 37 Years Old …  The gallery also possess a 1930 life mask by Karl Illava, an undated drawing of her as Elizabeth Barrett by Louis Lupas, and two sculptures by Anna Glenny Dunbar from 1930. … Read More
1932 39 Years Old After Barretts closed, Cornell played leading parts in two plays, Lucrece and Alien Corn. A considerable portion of her role in "Lucrece" was played in pantomime. Her success in "Lucrece" landed her on the cover of Time Magazine on December 26, 1932. … Read More


1936 43 Years Old …  Opened in 1936, the play received mixed reviews, and many bad ones, but Cornell was nonetheless respected for taking any role and twisting it to make it her own. … Read More
1938 45 Years Old Smith College has a collection of Cornell's papers dating from 1938 to 1960. http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss230_main.html; plus additional materials in the papers of Nancy Hamilton link … Read More
1939 46 Years Old The play opened on April 17, 1939 and became the third biggest money maker for Cornell, and the second production to gross over a million dollars. … Read More
1942 49 Years Old Cornell was featured for the second time on the cover of Time magazine on December 21, 1942, with Judith Anderson and Ruth Gordon.


1946 53 Years Old 1 More Event
After the war, American theater was experiencing a change in style with the new generation. Cornell revived Candida for the fifth and last time in April 1946, with Marlon Brando playing the role of the young Marchbanks. … Read More
…  In 1951, Cornell played the lead in Somerset Maugham's comedy, The Constant Wife for a summer festival in Colorado. … Read More
1952 59 Years Old On April 13, 1952, she appeared in Florence Nightingale, also on The Theatre Guild on the Air. … Read More


1957 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 6, 1957, Dave Garroway interviewed Cornell for Wide Wide World: A Woman's Story. … Read More
1959 66 Years Old Cornell was awarded a medal "for good speech on the stage" by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received a citation as Woman of the Year by the American Friends of the Hebrew University in 1959. … Read More
1961 68 Years Old The Smithsonian Institution holds a bronze bust of Cornell from 1961 by artist Malvina Hoffman.
1963 70 Years Old The Katharine Cornell Foundation was funded with profits from Barretts. The foundation was dissolved in 1963, distributing its assets to the Museum of Modern Art (to honor her close friend from Buffalo, A. … Read More
1972 79 Years Old Katharine Cornell was one of the original members elected into the American Theatre Hall of Fame upon its establishment in 1972.
1973 80 Years Old For her 80th birthday party in 1973, an assistant put together a tape of birthday greetings from Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson, among many other actors whom she had known. … Read More
On January 10, 1974, she received the American National Theater and Academy's National Artist Award for "her incomparable acting ability" and for "having elevated the theater throughout the world." … Read More
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