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Kate Girard

Biography: 

(1860-1885)

The short life of Kate Girard was filled with incident. A beauty, she acted in the stock company of Booth's Theater as a supporting actress. She married playwright George Fawcett Rowe in 1877, acted in his plays for two years, until his discovery in flagrante dilecto in a bawdy house occasioned a divorce. She was a member with Kate Claxton of the "Two Orphans" cast when the Brooklyn Theater caught fire in 1876. She survived but was injured. Three members of the cast died. In the run of that same play, her best friend Louise Hawthorne committed suicide jumping out of a sixth-story window. Though Kate could sing and dance, her greatest theatrical virtue lay in pleasing the eyes; consequently she never rose to any conspicuous position in her profession. David S. Shields/ALS