Claxton, Kate, 1848-1924

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Kate Claxton was a popular American actress, and was even called the American Sarah Bernhardt. She began her career in Chicago, and later played in stock companies in New York, mostly in comedy and melodrama. She created a sensation in the role of Louise in The Two Orphans, touring widely in the part and becoming a household name. She was onstage at the time of the tragic Brooklyn Theatre Fire in 1876. She was married to actor Charles A. Stevenson from 1878-1911. The city of Claxton, Georgia, was named for her in 1911.

From the description of Kate Stevenson letters to Wilbur Macey Stone, ca. 1902-1919. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56342103

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referencedIn The Two Orphans, Collection TXRC04-A1., 1874-1926 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Claxton, Kate, 1848-1924,. Autograph letters signed from Kate Claxton to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1871-1898. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Schmidt, Karl. Letters, 1883-1937. New Hampshire Newsp Project
creatorOf Claxton, Kate, 1848-1924. Kate Stevenson letters to Wilbur Macey Stone, ca. 1902-1919. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Loewentheil, Stephan,. American theater collection of cabinet cards, [1871-1907]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Museum of the City of New York. Personality files, [ca. 1800]-1986, 1900-1986 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Portraits of Theatrical Personalities Collected by F. E. Faragoh [graphic], 18---19-- Bancroft Library
referencedIn Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896. Carte de visite theatrical souvenir album for the one hundredth performance of "The Two Orphans", 1875. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Kate Claxton collection, [ca. 1849-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs, ca. 1867-1922. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Photographs of American and European actors, actresses and singers [manuscript], ca.1890-1910. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Blanchard, Kitty, 1847-1911. Two Orphans Collection, 1874-1926. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Davidge, William Pleater, 1814-1888 person
associatedWith Faragoh, Francis Edwards person
associatedWith Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center corporateBody
associatedWith Loewentheil, Stephan, person
associatedWith Museum of the City of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Schmidt, Karl. person
associatedWith Stone, Wilbur Macey, person
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Birth 1848-08-24

Death 1924-05-05

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