Cobina Wright

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Cobina Wright
Cobina Wright 1949.JPG
Wright's 1949 column photo
Born Esther Ellen Cobb
(1887-10-20)October 20, 1887
Lakeview, Oregon
Died April 9, 1970(1970-04-09) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Esther Johnson; Esther Cobina
Occupation Opera singer and actress
Known for Syndicated gossip column

Cobina Wright (20 September 1887 – 9 April 1970) was an American opera singer and actress who appeared in The Razor's Edge (1946). She gained later fame as a hostess and a syndicated gossip columnist. Wright was also known as Esther Cobb, Esther Johnson, and Esther Cobina.

Biography[edit]

She was born on September 20, 1887 in Lakeview, Oregon as Esther Ellen Cobb to Benjamin M. Cobb and Della Holmes (1861—1943).[1]

She married and divorced twice. Her first husband, whom she married in 1912, was American novelist Owen Johnson;[2] she was his second wife, and they divorced in 1917. Her second husband was William May Wright, a stockbroker, by whom she had one child, a daughter, Cobina Carolyn Wright (aka Cobina Wright Jr.), (1921—2011), briefly a movie actress.[3][4] the Wrights were divorced in 1935.[5]

In the early part of the 20th century, she was a coloratura soprano, using the stage name Esther Cobina.[6][7] She had studied singing in California, under voice teacher Nettie Snyder, and in Germany, where she initially pursued her career on stage.[8][9] During World War I, she performed for French and American troops in Europe.[10] She later made her American opera debut at Carnegie Hall in 1924.

She died in Los Angeles, California in 1970.[11]

Legacy[edit]

Wright was the author of a memoir called I Never Grew Up (Prentice-Hall, 1952).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U. S. Federal Census of 1910, accessed on ancestry.com on 3 November 2011
  2. ^ "Owen Johnson Married", The New York Times, 2 February 1912
  3. ^ Full name and also-known-as name cited in International Motion Picture Almanac (TK, 1948), page 416
  4. ^ "Life Magazine". Cover Browser. 1941-02-17. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Women: Full Dress". Time. 1935-02-11. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Owen Wilson Recovered", Berkeley Daily Gazette, 27 September 1912
  7. ^ "Owen Johnson Married", The New York Times, 2 February 1912
  8. ^ Rockwell Dennis Hunt and Nellie Van Der Grift Sanchez, California and Californians (The Lewis Publishing Company, 1930), page 180
  9. ^ "Owen Johnson Married", The New York Times, 2 February 1912
  10. ^ Lake County Examiner, 15 November 1917
  11. ^ "Cobina Wright, Society Hostess And Hollywood Columnist, Dies; Former Waldorf Aide Made Her U.S. Opera Debut at Carnegie Hall in 1924". New York Times. 11 April 1970. Retrieved 2008-07-14. Cobina Wright, former society hostess of prominence, who later turned to journalism and wrote of both the Hollywood scene and of cultural happenings, died yesterday after having suffered a stroke on Easter Sunday. Her age was never made public. 

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