- Kate Claxton
Somerville, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Stage actress, screenwriter
spouse=Charles A. Stevenson
Kate Claxton (Mrs. Charles A. Stevenson) (1850-1924) was an American
actress, born at Somerville, N. J. She made her first appearance on the stage in Chicago with Miss Lotta in 1870, and in the same year joined Augustin Daly's Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York. In 1872 she became a member of A. M. Palmer's Union Square Theatre, playing largely comedy rôles. She created the part of Louise in " The Two Orphans" and then became known as one of the best emotional actresses of her time. Her first starring tour was in 1876. In 1878 she was married to Charles A. Stevenson.
She was performing the play "
The Two Orphans" at the Brooklyn Theatre (Brooklyn, New York), on the night of December 5, 1876when fire broke out eventually killing 278 persons. It was, and still remains, one of the greatest fires in New York City history.
Kate Claxton is buried in Brooklyn's Green-wood cemetery.
Claxton, Georgia is named after her.
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