December 12, 1948|
Miami Beach, Florida
Cotton was born in Houston, Texas, United States and died in Miami Beach, Florida. She went to New York City in her teens and found her first role on Broadway in the chorus of The Quaker Girl. In 1915 Cotton appeared on stage in Polygamy at the Park Theatre in New York City. She then starred in the 1919 production of Up in Mabel's Room.
As a popular actress, her personal life was closely followed by the press. In 1924, she married Edward Russell Thomas, publisher of the New York Morning Telegraph. He died two years afterward, in July 1926, leaving a sizeable fortune of $27 million and a young daughter, Lucetta, behind. After that she had a series of marriages that did not last; Lytton Grey Ament (from 1927 to 1930), lawyer Charles Hann, Jr. (from 1931 to divorce 1932), William M. Magraw, president of Manhattan’s Underground Installations Company (from 1932 to 1941), and Prince Vladimir Eristavi-Tchitcherine (married June 15, 1941, at a Russian Orthodox Church in New York City).
After Cotton's death, her daughter Lucetta Cotton Thomas (she changed her name to Mary Frances Thomas) decided to have her cremated in Miami, and her ashes were sent to New York City where the funeral was held.
- The Fugitive (1910)
- Life Without Soul (1915)
- The Prodigal Wife (1918)
- The Miracle of Love (1919)
- The Sin That Was His (1920)
- The Devil (1921)
- Lucy Cotton Dead; Was Broadway Star, The New York Times, December 13, 1948
- Petit, Don (13 December 1948) Princess Took Fatal Tablets While Ill, The Miami News, pp. 1A, 16A, Retrieved October 27, 2010
- (13 December 1948) Highlight Episodes In Showgirl-to-Princess Career..., The Miami News, p. 1B, Retrieved October 27, 2010
- (7 July 1926) E. R. Thomas, Noted Sportsman, Dies, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
- Murrell, Muriel V. Miami, a backward glance, Ch.16 (2003)(ISBN 978-1561642861) (book chapter dedicated to actress)
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