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Katharine Cornell, German actress. Recipient art citation National Conference Christians and Jews, 1946; Medal of Freedom, 1946; Woman of Year award American Friends Hebrew U., 1959; medal for good speech on stage, American Academy Arts and Letters, 1959.


Cornell, Katharine was born on February 16, 1893 in Berlin, Germany, (parents American citizens). Daughter of Peter Cortleyou and Alice Gardner (Plimpton) Cornell.


Educated Buffalo, Oaksmere, Mamaroneck, New York. Chancellor’s Medal, U. Buffalo, 1935. The Doctor of Letters, University Wisconsin, 1936, Elmira College for Women, 1937, Hobart College, 1938, University of Pennsylvania, 1938, Middlebury College, 1955, Kenyon College, 1956.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Smith College, 1937. Doctor Fine Arts, Clark University, 1941, Ithaca College, 1947, Princeton, 1948. Doctor of Humanities, International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1962.


. Made debut with Washington Square Players, New York City, 1917. With Jessie Bonstelle Stock Company, 1919-1920. Traveled with The Man Who Came Back, 1920.

Appeared in Little Women, London, 1920. With Jessie Bonstelle Stock Company, 1920-1921. Appeared in New York prodns. of Nice People, A Bill of Divorcement, Will Shakespeare, The Enchanted Cottage, Casanova, The Way Things Happen, The Outsider, Tiger Cats, Candida, The Green Hat, The Letter, The Age of Innocence, and Dishonored Lady.

Became actress-manager with The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1931, Lucrece, 1932, Allen Corn, 1933, Romeo and Juliet, 1934, Flowers of the Forest, 1935, Saint Joan, 1936, The Wingless Victory and Candida, 1937, Herod and Mariamne, 1938, No Time for Comedy, 1939-1940, The Doctor’s Dilemma, 1941, Rose Burke, 1942, The Three Sisters, 1942-1943, Lovers and Friends, 1943-1944, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, overseas, 1944-1945, United States, 1945, 47. Antigone, 1946; Antony and Cleopatra, 1947-1948. That Lady, 1949-1950.

Captain Carvallo, 1950. The Constant Wife, 1951-1952. The Prescott Proposals, 1953-1954.

The Dark is Light Enough, 1954-1955. The Firstborn, 1958; Dear Liar, 1959-1960. On television in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1956.

There Shall be no Night, 1957. Narrator full length documentary films Helen Keller in her Story, 1954, This is Our Island. Co-chairman Plays of Living div.

Family Service Association American.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (autobiography) I Wanted to be an Actress, 1936.


Clubs: Colony, Cosmopolitan (New York).


Married Guthrie McClintic, September 8, 1921 (deceased.

Peter Cortleyou Cornell

Alice Gardner (Plimpton) Cornell

Guthrie McClintic