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January 21, 2024

30 Beautiful Photos of Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter in the Late 19th Century

Born 1857 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, American actress Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter found success in London. Formerly a member of The Four Hundred in New York, she was one of the first American society women to become a stage actress.

Urquhart made her stage debut at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in March 1887 as Faustine de Bressier in the play Civil War. In October 1887, she returned to the United States to perform Civil War, along with British actor Harold Kyrle Bellew, at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York. The duo also performed Charlotte Corday and Romeo and Juliet while in New York. In 1889, she played the role of Cleopatra and launched “a mania for Egyptian styles”. She had the title role in Charlotte Corday at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 1898.

Urquhart left theater management and toured music halls in Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Rizzio. She toured in South Africa in 1907, followed by several years in the English provinces with plays such as The Devil, Lady Frederick, and Madame X. In 1911, she performed in the United States. Her last appearance on the London stage at the Court Theatre in February 1912, performing the “Prologue” to Buddha. She made an additional stage appearance in 1919 for a benefit production in Guernsey.

Urquhart died in 1936 at her villa in Beaulieu-sur-Mer at the age of 78. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter in the late 19th century.


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