Kate Lester Movies and Career Information

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Jun 12, 1857
Shouldham Thorpe

Kate Lester (12 June 1857 – 12 October 1924) born Sarah Cody was an English theatrical and silent film actress born in Shouldham Thorpe, Norfolk, England. Her family, the Suydams of New York, were staying in England at the time of her birth. Her family had been well known for some five hundred years. One of her ancestors, Sir William Butts, was physician to King Henry VIII. The character, Dr. Butts, was in the play Henry VIII by William Shakespeare. His portrait hangs in the National Gallery in London, England. Lester was raised in New York and educated in the most exclusive schools. After completing Normal school she studied dramatic art, which was the custom of the time. She learned drama from Dion Boucicault, a famed instructor. Lester was a beauty of the stage in the late 19th century. Later she began to play maternal characters in motion pictures. It was as a grand dame that she made her debut on the New York stage. She was in her twenties. The woman scheduled to play Lady Silverdale in Partners became ill on the eve of the premiere. During Lester's stage career she acted with Richard Mansfield, John Drew Jr., William H. Crane, Mrs. Fiske, Robert B. Mantell, Henrietta Crosman,

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