Cathleen Nesbitt

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Cathleen Mary Nesbitt, CBE (24 November 18882 August 1982)Some sources, including give Nesbitt's name at birth as Kathleen. was an English stage and film actress.


Born in Cheshire, England in 1888, Nesbitt was educated in Lisieux, France, and at the Queen's University of Belfast and the Sorbonne. Her younger brother, Thomas Nesbitt, Jr., acted in one film in 1925, before his death in South Africa in 1927 from an apparent heart attack.

Her debut on the London stage was in the revival of Arthur Wing Pinero's The Cabinet Minister (1910). She acted in countless plays after that. In 1911, Nesbitt joined the Irish Players, went to the United States and debuted on Broadway in The Well of the Saints. She also was in the cast of John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World with the Irish Players when the whole cast was pelted with fruits and vegetables by the offended Irish American Catholic audience.

She became the love of English poet Rupert Brooke in 1912, who wrote great love sonnets to her. They were engaged to be married when he died during World War I. Nesbitt returned to the U.S. and appeared on Broadway in Quinneys (1915) and John Galsworthy's Justice (1916) as John Barrymore's leading lady in his first dramatic stage role. After five other plays there, she returned to England. For the rest of the decade she performed in London; her roles included the title role in a revival of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.

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