Kitty Gordon

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Kitty Gordon
Kitty Gordon 1900s.jpg
Born (1878-04-22)22 April 1878
Folkestone, Kent, U.K.
Died 26 May 1974(1974-05-26) (aged 96)
Brentwood, New York, U.S.
Other names Constance Minnie Blades
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Maxwell James
Michael Levenston (Dec 10, 1903–Mar 29, 1904) (his death)
Captain Henry Beresford (Oct. 1904 – 1924. his death)
Ralph Ranlet (1932 – ?)

Kitty Gordon (22 April 1878 – 26 May 1974) was an English stage and silent film actress.


Her first professional stage appearance was at the Princes Theatre in Bristol in 1901 in the touring production of San Toy.[1] She appeared in The Duchess of Dantzic in 1903 and the operetta Véronique in 1904. In 1909, she moved to New York City, where she became a regular on the New York stage.

She made her first film appearance in 1916 in As in a Looking Glass. During the next three years she made twenty-one films. On 19 October 1911, she starred in the debut of composer Victor Herbert's musical The Enchantress at the New York Theatre.[2] She continued her stage work from 1919 onwards. She also made television appearances.

On 25 June 1920, during a Vaudeville performance in Chicago with her husband, Jack Wilson, and her daughter, Vera Beresford, Gordon's stage gun discharged a live round and shot Joseph A. Hack, an offstage acrobat.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Her first and never mentioned husband was Maxwell James with whom she had a child, Vera. [4]After his death, she married theatre manager Michael Levenston on December 10, 1903. Michael died on March 29, 1904 less than four months later. In October 1904, Kitty married Captain Henry Beresford (Born 1876, Died 28 January 1924. See The Times 29 January 1924.) Kitty's child became Cynthia Vera Beresford, who became an actress. In 1932 Kitty married Ralph Ranlet.[5]

She died in a nursing home in New York City in 1974.



  1. ^ "Don Gillan ("
  2. ^ Music that charms by Victor Herbert. New York Times, 20 October 1911
  3. ^ Actor is shot by Kitty Gordon. New York Times, 26 June 1920
  4. ^ Kitty Gordon: Actress 1878-1974. By Michael Levenston. Ebook. 2015.
  5. ^ Mrs. Beresford wed to Ralph Ranlet. New York Times, 16 September 1932

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