Cathleen Cordell

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Cathleen Cordell
Born(1915-05-21)May 21, 1915
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 1997(1997-08-19) (aged 82)
OccupationFilm, television actress
Years active1938-1985

Cathleen Cordell (May 21, 1915 – August 19, 1997) was an American film and television actress. She was described as "a lass born in Brooklyn with an Irish name and an English accent; educated in India and France."[1]

Early years[edit]

Cordell was born in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to England, then France, in order to begin her childhood education. "My father's business took him to India when I was a baby," she said, "Then we went to France, and when I was 7 years old I was thrust into a French boarding school."[1] She later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1]


Cordell's stage debut came in It's You I Want, presented by Seymour Hicks' company in England.[2] Her "first important role" in the United States came in Never Trouble Trouble at the Brighton Theater in Brooklyn, New York, August 17, 1937. A Brooklyn newspaper described Cordell as "a 'discovery' of John Golden" and said the actress "has appeared abroad previously."[3]

Cordell went on to appear on Broadway in Love of Women (1937), Romantic Mr. Dickens (1940), Golden Wings (1941), Yesterday's Magic (1942), Sheppey (1944), While the Sun Shines (1944), and The Linden Tree (1948).[4]


Cordell began her film career in 1938 playing in Who Killed Cock Robin?. (Another source says she "made her film debut in the British version of Gaslight.")[5] She starred in Gaslight (1940) with Anton Walbrook, as Nancy, the housemaid.

She made numerous film and television appearances during her nearly 50-year career.


Cordell was a member of the casts of Hilltop House (playing Vicky McLain),[6] Amanda (playing Eve Fuller),[7] Valiant Lady (playing Monica Brewster)[8] and Counterspy and appeared in other programs, such as Quiet Please, Grand Central Station and The March of Time.[2]

During World War II, Cordell lived in England and worked for the BBC.[5]


Cordell appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason and Family Affair, and three times in Dragnet 1967, starring Jack Webb.

Later years[edit]

Cordell retired from acting in 1985 after appearing in the movie The Return of the Living Dead.


Cordell died on August 19, 1997, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, at age 82. According to the Internet Movie Database, Cordell's cause of death was emphysema; her burial is unknown.

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1948 Quiet Please “Adam and the Darkest Day”
1948 Grand Central Station NA[6]
1950 Playhouse of Favorites The School for Scandal[9]
1952 The FBI in Peace and War The Trouble Shooter[10]
1953 Theatre of Today The Props[11]

Film appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1938 Hey! Hey! USA Susan - Johnson's girlfriend Uncredited
1940 Gaslight Nancy
1941 Major Barbara Mog Habbijam
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Passenger Uncredited
1968 Star! Vendeuse Uncredited
1970 MASH Capt. Peterson - Nurse Corps Uncredited
1970 Airport Mrs. William Donovan - Passenger Uncredited
1974 Oliver Twist Voice
1980 The Gong Show Movie Lady in Elevator
1985 The Return of the Living Dead Colonel's Wife (final film role)

Television appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre Happy Ending[12]
1967 I Dream of Jeannie The Mod Party[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Cathleen Cordell of France, England, India and Brooklyn". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 17, 1942. p. 38. Retrieved December 20, 2015. open access
  2. ^ a b Francis, Robert (October 5, 1944). "Candid Close-ups". New York, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 23. Retrieved December 20, 2015. open access
  3. ^ "Stage News". New York, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 5, 1937. p. 8. Retrieved December 20, 2015. open access
  4. ^ "Cathleen Cordell". Playbill Vault. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Cathleen Cordell made her mark on stage and TV". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. August 29, 1997. p. 78. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Janney, Rowe 'Station' Stars". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg: March 20, 1948. p. 22. Retrieved December 21, 2015. open access
  7. ^ "Eve of 'Amanda'". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg: November 3, 1945. p. 17. Retrieved December 20, 2015. open access
  8. ^ "Menace". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg: February 17, 1945. p. 17. Retrieved December 20, 2015. open access
  9. ^ "Radio Programs". New York, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 22, 1950. p. 13. Retrieved December 21, 2015. open access
  10. ^ "Radio Highlights". New York, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 26, 1952. p. 17. Retrieved December 21, 2015. open access
  11. ^ "Humorous Romance of Summer Drama Group on 'Theatre of Today'". Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Courier. June 27, 1953. p. 16. Retrieved December 21, 2015. open access
  12. ^ "(television listing)". New York, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 5, 1950. p. 23. Retrieved December 21, 2015. open access
  13. ^ "I Dream of Jeannie" The Mod Party (TV Episode 1967) - IMDb, retrieved March 6, 2019

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