Marian Seldes on Katharine Cornell: A Place in the Dream

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Marian Seldes and Katharine Cornell in That Lady, from 1949.

 

I have never forgotten how special she [Katharine Cornell] made me feel. Kit and Guthrie McClintic [Cornell’s husband and director] adopted me as a daughter of life and of the theatre, and they let me be with them, with their friends. For someone as shy and awkward as I was, this was extraordinary. I finally felt like an adult, even as I went home and collected my clippings and made my scrapbooks. I was terribly starstruck.

One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is confidence. To affirm their dream and their place in the dream. Everyone needs some space in the dream.

From a conversation in 1984

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