Published October 1, 1931
Actor and critic Alexander Woollcott called Katharine Cornell 'the first lady of theater,' and she lived up to the moniker with forays into every area of theatrical life: acting, writing, producing, directing, and operating her own playhouse. Among her other accolades, Cornell won a Tony in 1948 for her role as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. She was managing her production of Brief Moment when she sat for this photograph, by Florence Vandamm. It appeared in the October 1931 Vanity Fair.