Jessica Brown Cornelius (Countess of Northesk)
By Patrick Kavanagh
History of Women in Forest Lawn Lawn Cemetery
Caption on the back of this photo reads, "Miss Jessica Brown, sensational dancer from the Cohan Revue 1918."
Newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook by George H. Clark at the Smithsonian
Section 8, Lot 59
Date of Death: 4/10/1970
(Ziegfield Follies; Married
Miss Brown was a Ziegfeld Follies Girl and toast of Broadway in the mid 1930's.
She was a war worker during the blitz in London while her husband, the Earl of Northesk, was in embassy service for the British Government. Their residence, Earlwood, was adjacent to Queen Elizabeth II's (then Princess Elizabeth's) country home.
She was the mistress of lovely establishments in Rome, Paris, Cairo and Nassau during Cornelius's diplomatic days. She was an articulate spokesperson for world peace and keen about the bonds between the United States and Britain.
Mrs. Cornelius's parents were Jessica Waters Brown Starke and Frederick A Brown. When Mrs. Cornelius would come to visit her Mother (who resided at 735 Delaware Ave.), she was known to take horse back rides in Delaware Park.
Three Broadway shows in which Jessica Brown performed: