Katherine Drewry Emery (October 11, 1906 – February 7, 1980) was an American stage and film actress.[1][2]

Katherine Emery
Emery in Eyes in the Night (1942)
Katherine Drewry Emery

(1906-10-11)October 11, 1906
DiedFebruary 7, 1980(1980-02-07) (aged 73)
Alma materSweet Briar College
Years active1923–1980
Paul Eaton
(m. 1944; died 1975)
Children2, including Rebecca Eaton

Early years


Emery was born in Birmingham, Alabama.[3] She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1928[4] and then went home to Montclair, New Jersey, to act in semi-professional plays and direct plays for children.[5]



Emery debuted professionally with the University Players in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1932.[5]

Her movie roles include Eyes in the Night (1942), Isle of the Dead (1945), The Locket (1946), The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946), The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947), Arch of Triumph (1948), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), Strange Bargain (1949), Payment on Demand (1951), Hiawatha (1952), and Untamed Frontier (1952). Her final role was in The Maze (1953).

She is also known for her stage roles, including creating the role of Karen Wright in the original 1934 Broadway production of The Children's Hour.[6][1] Other Broadway productions include The Cherry Orchard, Proof Thro' the Night, The Three Sisters, Everywhere I Roam, Roosty, As You Like It, Strangers at Home, and Carry Nation.[6]

Personal life


Emery was married to literature professor Paul Conant Eaton. She is the mother of television producer and film producer Rebecca Eaton[7] and James E. C. Eaton.[4] She died on February 7, 1980, at a medical center in Portland, Maine from lung disease at aged 73.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1942 Eyes in the Night Cheli Scott
1945 Isle of the Dead Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
1946 The Walls Came Tumbling Down Mrs. Stoker
The Locket Mrs. John Ewart Willis Sr.
1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Madame Walter
1948 Arch of Triumph Grim Nurse Uncredited
1949 Chicken Every Sunday Mrs. Mildred Lawson
Strange Bargain Edna Jarvis
1951 Payment on Demand Mrs. Gates
1952 Untamed Frontier Camilla Denbow
Hiawatha Nokomis
1953 The Maze Edith Murray


  1. ^ a b c "Katherine Emery, Actress, Dies; Created 'Children's Hour' Role; Acted in Films". The New York Times. February 8, 1980. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "Montclair Junior League Schedules Play; Katherine Emery Directs Saturday Event". The New York Times. February 28, 1937. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Katherine Emery Eaton; was actress". The Boston Globe. February 8, 1980. p. 63. Retrieved August 3, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b "Katherine Emery, Ann Revere, Both College-trained". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 1, 1936. p. 70. Retrieved August 3, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b "Katherine Emery – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  7. ^ Meras, Phyllis. "Book Review: PBS fans will relish insider's look at 'Masterpiece,' more". providencejournal.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2021. Retrieved September 1, 2021.