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CLAXTON, Kate, actress, born in New York City in 1848. She is the granddaughter of Rev. Spencer H. Cone, noticed elsewhere, and her father, Col. Spencer W. Cone, commanded the 61st New York regiment in the civil war. She first appeared with Lotta in Chicago, soon afterward became a mere-bet of Daly's Fifth Avenue company, and then o- the Union Square company, but attracted no attention till the production of "Led Astray" in 1873, in which she won great popularity as Mathilde. Soon afterward she made a reputation in the character of Louise in "The Two Orphans," with which she has become identified. She played it first at the Union Square theatre, and was acting the part at the Brooklyn theatre when that building was destroyed by fire, 5 December, 1876. She became widely known by her coolness on that occasion, and by her efforts to calm the audience and prevent the rush for the doors, in which so many were killed. Soon afterward Miss Claxton was in the Southern hotel in St. Louis when it was burned, and again displayed great coolness and energy, saving her own and her brother's life, and escaping by a burning stairway that fell just after her foot had left the last step. After this, many superstitious people, regarding her as specially unlucky, avoided the theatres where she played. She has more recently played in Charles Reade's "Double Marriage "and in the "Sea of Ice." Miss Claxton married Isidor Lyon, a New York merchant, but was subsequently divorced, and in 1876 married Charles Stevenson, a member of her company.
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