Mathilde Cottrelly

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Mathilde Cottrelly
Mathilde Cottrelly, c. 1896.png
Mathilde Cottrelly, 1896
Born Mathilde Meyer
February 7, 1851
Hamburg, Germany
Died June 15, 1933
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Other names Matilde Cottrelly
Mathilde Cotterly
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1860s - 1926
Spouse(s) George Cottrelly(1866-1869)[1]
Mr. Weste[2]
Thomas J. Wilson(d. 1923)[3]

Mathilde Cottrelly (February 7, 1851 in Hamburg, Germany – June 15, 1933 in Tuckerton, New Jersey) (née Meyer) was a German born stage actress, singer, producer and theatre manager. She was popular on Broadway in the 1880s. 1920s audiences saw her as the hypochondriac Mrs. Cohen in the long running play Abie's Irish Rose.

Cottrelly's father was an opera conductor in her native Hamburg, Germany.[4] She was on the stage acting at an early age and by 16 she was married and singing roles in light opera presentations. Her husband died in 1869 and she continued to act and sing before coming to America in 1875. After touring around the United States she joined McCaull's Comic Opera Company and though somewhat hampered by a thick Jewish dialect, she became the company's leading comedienne. She wore many hats while with McCaulls being a stage director, costume designer and handled the company's finances. McCaull made her a partner in the organization and musical comedy became her forte in the 1880s. In the 1890s and reaching her forties, Cottrelly settled into being a character actress which she remained for the rest of her career.[5]

She was married twice, first to George Cottrelly (1866-69 his death) and then to Thomas J. Wilson (? - 1923 his death). She died of a heart attack on June 15, 1933, at her home in Tuckerton, New Jersey.[6][7]


  1. ^ Gallery of Players from the Illustrated American(magazine) p.40 edited by Austin Brereton, Volume 1, Issues 1-9
  2. ^ Gallery of Players...
  3. ^ Gallery of Players...
  4. ^ The Oxford Companion To American Theatre, page 167 2nd edit. c.1992 by Gerald Bordman ISBN 0-19-507246-4 Retrieved December 2, 2014
  5. ^ Mathilde Cottrelly: North American Theatre Online
  6. ^ Silent Film Necrology 2nd Edition, page 108, by Eugene M. Vazzana c.2001 ISBN 0-7864-1059-0
  7. ^ Staff. "Mathilde Cottrelly", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 17, 1933. Accessed January 3, 2015. "Mme. Mathilde Cottrelly, retired stage and light opera star, who began her career at the of 8 and once was a European circus rider, died Thursday at her home in Tuckerton, N. J. of a heart attack."

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