The Historical Birthday-Tea Party 16th February


Today we celebrate a much feted doyenne of the American stage, Katherine Cornell February 16, 1898 – June 9, 1974, known to her friends as Kit.

Kit had a long career on stage but made only one brief appearance (as herself) on film, and a few TV appearances. She was universally admired at the time although taking a look at her in Stage Door Canteen, her performance looks stilted and old-fashioned now, as of course, stage actors often do on film.

Kit was married for forty years to fellow actor Guthrie McLintic in what was accepted as a lavender marriage, and had relationships with Tallulah Bankhead, poet Mercedes de Acosta and lyricist and director Nancy Hamilton, who became her life-long partner, they worked together on The Unconquered, a documentary about Helen Keller.

Kit is welcome to the party especially if she brings all her friends…

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Author: Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

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