Jessica Brown Cornelius (Countess of Northesk)

By Patrick Kavanagh
History of Women in Forest Lawn Lawn Cemetery

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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:
New Amsterdam theatre, New York
Produced by George M. Cohan
Music by George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin
Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York
Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert
Century Promenade, Broadway, New York
Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert
Music by Jean Schwartz, Lew Pollak. Lyrics by Alfred Bryan

Special thanks to Alan Brown for illustrations and information

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