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Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter (1857–1936), was one of the first American society women to become a stage actress.
Mary Cora Urquhart was born in 1857 at New Orleans, the eldest of three daughters and a son raised by David and Augusta (née Slocomb) Urquhart. Her father was a merchant and her mother the daughter of a hardware merchant. She married financier James Brown Potter in 1877 and they had a daughter, Anne, in 1879. They visited England in 1886 where they met the Prince of Wales and were subsequently invited to spend the weekend with him.
James returned to the United States alone following the visit as Mary remained in England to pursue a career on stage. She made her stage debut in 1877 at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in the play “Civil War”. Later that year she started a successful partnership with Harold Kyrle Bellew at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in the New York production of “Civil War”. She and Harold toured…
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