Marian Seldes: So Much Love

THAT LADY, Katharine Cornell, holding Marian Seldes, Martin Beck Theatre, New York, 1949-50

Marian Seldes with Katharine Cornell in That Lady, at the Martin Beck Theatre, 1949.

I was shown so much love so often that I never thought of the theatre as cruel or tough. I know it must be: It has to be, I guess. I never look for that, and I’ve escaped it. I was cared for so much by Katharine Cornell, and she has been my example: I look for people who need to be cared for, guided, applauded. So many people need to be seen and encouraged, reminded of what they have and what they can do. I’m weakest when I’m not caring for someone, fighting for something to be seen and survive.

From a conversation in 2001

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