Katharine Cornell

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Katharine Cornell Barretts of Wimpole Street on television 1956.JPG

Katharine Cornell (February 16, 1893 – June 9, 1974) was an American state actress, author and theatrical producer. She played English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1931. She also played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in 1934. She wrote several biography books. The most notable one was I Always Wanted to be an Actress, published in 1939. She was married to Guthrie McClintic.

Cornell was born in Berlin to American parents. She was raised in Buffalo, New York. She died at age 81 in Tisbury, Massachusetts.