Katherine Corri Harris

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From The House of Mirth (1918)

Katherine Corri Harris (October 12, 1890 – May 2, 1927)[1] was an American actress and socialite. She appeared in several stage plays and three silent films, and was the first wife of actor John Barrymore.

The daughter of Sidney and Katharine Maude (née Brady) Harris, she grew up in wealth and privilege and was a product of High Society. She was married to John Barrymore from 1910 to 1917.[2] After their divorce, she remarried, in 1923, to Alfred Dallas Bache Pratt, a broker; the date on which that union ended is unclear.[according to whom?] She married, thirdly, in 1925, to Leon Orlowski (secretary of the Polish Legation); the year that union ended is unknown.[according to whom?]

As Katherine Harris Barrymore, she appeared in two of Barrymore's now lost silent films: Nearly a King (1916) and The Lost Bridegroom (1916). In 1918, she starred as Lily Bart in the silent film version of Edith Wharton's 1905 novel, The House of Mirth, directed by Albert Capellani.[3]

When she died from pneumonia in 1927 in New York City, aged 36, Barrymore was at her bedside. She was interred in Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, New York, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b John Kobler. Damned in Paradise: The Life of John Barrymore, pg. 122, Atheneum; 1st edition (1977), ISBN 0689108141/ISBN 978-0689108143
  2. ^ Divorces "Jack" Barrymore. The New York Times, December 5, 1917.
  3. ^ Marshall, Scott. "Edith Wharton on Film and Television: A History and Filmography", Edith Wharton Review (1996): pp. 15-25. Washington State University, January 15, 2009.
  • Hoffman, Carol Stein. The Barrymores: Hollywood's First Family. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2001, pp. 48–55; ISBN 0813122139/ISBN 9780813122137

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