Katherine Locke

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Katherine Locke
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Katherine Locke in The Snake Pit
Born(1910-06-24)June 24, 1910
DiedSeptember 12, 1995(1995-09-12) (aged 85)
Years active1936–1958
(m. 1947;her death 1995)

Katherine Locke (June 24, 1910 September 12, 1995) was a Broadway actress in the late 1930s.


Early life

She was born in Kalinkavičy, in what is now Belarus, and raised in the U.S. Her father, Morris Locke (Mendel Lakomowitz [1] ), was a Hebrew teacher and amateur writer. [2] She was educated at Damrosch Academy as a pianist, but chose instead to become an actress. [3]


After appearing in small roles, at one time as an off-stage barking dog, her career was established by appearing in the 1937 Broadway play Having Wonderful Time , co-starring with John Garfield. [3] [4] She appeared in films in the 1940s and 1950s as a supporting actress. She began her film work in the late 1930s in bit parts, but she is remembered today as a stage actress. She was married to radio writer Norman Corwin.

In addition to appearing on a successful Broadway production of Hamlet playing Ophelia, her stage credits include starring with John Garfield in Having a Wonderful Time, Fifth Column with Lee J. Cobb, and Clash by Night with Tallulah Bankhead.


1936 Straight from the Shoulder Gail Pyne
1944 Wilson Helen Bones
1944 The Seventh Cross Mrs. Sauer
1948 The Snake Pit Margaret
1950 The Sound of Fury Hazel
1951 People Will Talk Miss James
1952 Flesh and Fury Mrs. Hollis
1952 The Unexpected WomanEpisode: "One for the Money"
1958 A Certain Smile Mme. Vallon(final film role)

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  1. "Mendel Lakomowitz, Arriving Passenger List, 1912". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. "Morris Locke, U.S. Census 1930". familysearch.org. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. 1 2 Oliver, Myrna (17 September 1995). "Katherine Locke; Film and Broadway Actress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  4. Nott, Robert (2003). He ran all the way : the life of John Garfield (1., Limelight ed.). New York: Limelight Editions. pp. 65–69. ISBN   978-0879109851.