Katharine Cornell

  • Malvina Hoffman, Katharine Cornell, 1961, bronze on plastic covered wood base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Charles Lamson Hoffman Family, 1985.73.5

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Katharine Cornell’s father managed a theater in Buffalo, and when Katharine was a child she wrote and performed plays for her family and friends. In her twenties, she wrote a play, and the director suggested she try acting. Her career flourished and she toured the United States several times, drawing large audiences and critical acclaim. She favored dramatic roles and had a “fiery” stage presence, which she credited to her stage fright, claiming it caused her to work even harder. Here, Malvina Hoffman shows Cornell with an intense downward gaze and voluminous, manelike hair, capturing the dramatic flair the actress was known for.

Title
Katharine Cornell
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Dimensions
21 x 9 5/8 x 10 in. (53.3 x 24.4 x 25.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Charles Lamson Hoffman Family

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on plastic covered wood base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Performing arts – theater – performer
  • Portrait female – Cornell, Katherine – bust
Object Number
1985.73.5
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Katharine Cornell
1961, bronze on plastic covered wood base

MALVINA HOFFMAN
Born: New York, New York 1885– Died: New York, New York 1966 

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