Claxton, Kate

(1848?-1924)
   Daughter of a theatrical manager, the popular actress was born in Somerville, New Jersey, and made her debut in 1870 in a supporting role with Lotta Crabtree. After seasons with Augustin Daly's company and at A. M. Palmer's Union Square Theatre, she formed her own company in 1874. Three times she was performing at theatres when they caught fire: in Brooklyn, St. Louis, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. The play with which she was most associated in popular memory was The Two Orphans, which she toured widely.
   See also Theatre fires.

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