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Guthrie McClintic (August 6, 1893 – October 29, 1961) was a successful theatre director, film director, and producer based in New York.

Guthrie McClintic
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Guthrie McClintic and wife
Katharine Cornell in 1954
Born(1893-08-06)August 6, 1893
DiedOctober 29, 1961(1961-10-29) (aged 68)


Life and careerEdit

McClintic was born in Seattle, attended Washington University and New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and became an actor, but soon became a stage manager and casting director for major Broadway producer Winthrop Ames. His Broadway directorial debut was on A. A. Milne's The Dover Road. McClintic's first major success was on The Barretts of Wimpole Street featuring his wife, the American actress Katharine Cornell, in 1931. He also directed Hamlet featuring John Gielgud in New York in 1936.

Katharine Cornell served on the Board of Directors of The Rehearsal Club, a place where young actresses could stay while looking for work in the theatre. McClintic sometimes found roles for the young women in his plays.

In what may have been lavender marriages, gay McClintic was married: firstly to actress Estelle Winwood, and then, for forty years, to actress Katharine Cornell - herself a lesbian.[1] After they were married, they formed a production team M.C. & C Company, which produced all the plays[clarification needed] for the rest of his life. He directed every play that Cornell starred in, including Romeo and Juliet, Candida, Antony and Cleopatra, No Time for Comedy, Antigone, St. Joan, The Doctor's Dilemma, Three Sisters, and There Shall Be No Night, and The Constant Wife. Their production company brought over many of the leading Shakespearean actors of the day, giving them their first prominent Broadway roles, including John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Maurice Evans, and Laurence Olivier.

McClintic died of cancer on October 29, 1961, in New York City. His widow retired from acting shortly after his death, her last role being in Jerome Kilty's dramatization of Dear Liar in 1961.


Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic in the library of their home at 23 Beekman Place, New York City (1940)



  1. ^ Krinsky, Charles (2002), Claude J. Summers, ed., "Cornell, Katharine, and Guthrie McClintic", An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
  2. ^ On Your Back Retrieved 07/10/2007
  3. ^ Once a Lady Retrieved 07/10/2007
  4. ^ Once a Sinner Retrieved 07/10/2007

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