Katherine Squire

Katherine Squire (March 9, 1903 March 29, 1995) was an American actress who appeared on Broadway and in regional theater, movies and television, from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Katherine Squire
Born(1903-03-09)March 9, 1903
DiedMarch 29, 1995(1995-03-29) (aged 92)
Alma materOhio Wesleyan University
Years active19271989
Spouse(s)George Mitchell (m.19401972 his death)

Early life

Squire was born in Defiance, Ohio. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and, after graduation, began acting in regional theater at the Cleveland Play House. Squire later studied acting at the American Laboratory Theater.[1]


Squire made her Broadway stage debut in 1927 in Much Ado About Nothing. She later appeared in Broadway productions of Goodbye Again, starring Osgood Perkins, Hipper's Holiday, and Three Men on a Horse, and Lady of Letters.

In 1951, Squire made her television debut in an episode of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse. For the remainder of the decade, she appeared in guest roles on Goodyear Playhouse, Robert Montgomery Presents, Westinghouse Studio One, The United States Steel Hour, and Playhouse 90. From 1956 to 1957, Squire had a recurring role in the soap opera Valiant Lady. She made her feature film debut in the 1959 drama The Story on Page One. Squire also continued acting on the stage with roles in The Traveling Lady, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Sin of Pat Muldoon, and The Shadow of a Gunman.

During the 1960s, Squire continued her career in films, television and stage roles. In 1960, she made two guest appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and appeared as the mother of Dirk Bogarde's character in Song Without End. Squire returned to the stage the following year in a co-starring role in the New York production of Roots, by Arnold Wesker. From 1962 to 1963, she guest starred on two episodes of The Twilight Zone: "One More Pallbearer" and "In His Image". She made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: Clara Thorpe in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Credulous Quarry," murderer Vera Hargrave in the 1964 episode "The Case of the Nervous Neighbor," and murderer Esther Norden in the 1965 episode "The Case of the Wrongful Writ." She had additional guest roles on The Road West, Peyton Place, and Adam-12.

In 1971, Squire co-starred in the road film Two-Lane Blacktop. Starting in 1970, she had a recurring role in the long-running soap opera The Doctors. In 1974 and 1975, Squire had her third recurring role on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Her last television appearance was in 1975 in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television film Eric, as Mrs. Harris. For the remainder of her career, Squire appeared in roles in regional theater. In 1979, she had a leading role in Hillbilly Women at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. In the early 1980s, she acted in Hedda Gabler (starring Susannah York) at the Roundabout Theater, and in Memory of Whiteness at the American Place Theater, both in New York. Squire's final onscreen role was in the romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally... in 1989.[1]

Personal life

On 19 January 1930, she married actor Byron McGrath, in Cleveland. They subsequently divorced.[2] In 1940, Squire married actor George Mitchell, with whom she often worked on stage, in film, and on television. They remained married until his death in 1972.[1]


Squire died on March 29, 1995 in Lake Hill, New York, at the age of 92. She was survived by three stepdaughters.[1]

Broadway credits

Date Production Role
November 18 December 1927 Much Ado About Nothing Watch
January 11 March 1932 The Black Tower Mona
December 28, 1932 July 1933 Goodbye Again Julia Wilson
October 18 October 1934 Hipper's Holiday Helen Tyson
January 30, 1935 January 9, 1937 Three Men on a Horse Audrey Trowbridge (Replacement)
March 28 April 1935 Lady of Letters Winifred Shaw
September 20 September 1935 Life's Too Short Hannah Priest
October 27, 1937 March 1938 Many Mansions Mrs. Roberts
February 5 February 22, 1941 Liberty Jones Nurse Cotton
March 30 April 3, 1943 The Family Anna Petrovna Chernov
April 5, 1944 January 6, 1945 Chicken Every Sunday Mrs. Lynch
October 27 November 20, 1954 The Traveling Lady Sitter Mavis
December 11, 1955 February 5, 1956 Six Characters in Search of an Author The Mother
March 13 March 16, 1957 The Sin of Pat Muldoon Brigid Muldoon
November 20, 1958 January 3, 1959 The Shadow of a Gunman Mrs. Grigson


Year Title Role Notes
1959 The Story on Page One Mrs. Hattie Brown
1960 Song Without End Anna Liszt
1960 Studs Lonigan Mrs. Lonigan
1962 Day of Wine and Roses Mrs. Nolan Uncredited
1965 Ride in the Whirlwind Catherine
1971 Two-Lane Blacktop Old Woman
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX Chickie Feather
1973 Blade Aunt Cynthia
1989 When Harry Met Sally... Documentary Couple (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Episode: "Icebound"
19511956 Robert Montgomery Presents Various roles 6 episodes
1952 The Rocket Television movie
1952 CBS Television Workshop Episode: "Rocket"
1952 Mister Peepers Mrs. Crump Episode #1.12
1953 The Gulf Playhouse 2 episodes
19531954 Goodyear Television Playhouse 2 episodes
1954 Justice Episode: "Death for Sale"
19551957 The United States Steel Hour Various roles 3 episodes
1956 Playwrights '56 Various roles 2 episodes
1956 Westinghouse Studio One Mrs. Chester Episode: "An Incident of Love"
19561957 Valiant Lady Gertrude Harper Unknown episodes
19561960 Playhouse 90 Various roles 2 episodes
1957 The Big Story Mrs. Larabee Episode: "Widow's Luck"
1957 The Alcoa Hour Annie Episode: "Mrs. Gilling and the Skyscraper"
1958 The Veil Emma Haney Episode: "Genesis"
1958 Shirley Temple Theatre Flora Episode: "The Little Lame Prince"
1958 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Sarah Nolan Episode: "That Schoolgirl Complex"
1958 Peter Gunn Gussie Warnecke Episode: "The Leaper"
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Mrs. O'Donnell Episode: "The Innocent Assassin"
1959 The Lawless Years Mrs. Safranik Episode: "The Lion and the Mouse"
1959 Tales of Wells Fargo Louise Episode: "The Quiet Village"
19591960 Markham Various roles 2 episodes
1960 Johnny Midnight Ethel Episode: "Voice of a Dummy"
1960 The Closing Door Television movie
1960 Play of the Week Episode: "The Closing Door"
1960 The Texan Mrs. Dawson Episode: "Thirty Hours to Kill"
1960 Peter Loves Mary Episode: "High Society"
1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Various roles 2 episodes
1960 The Law and Mr. Jones Mrs. Rice Episode: "The Promise of Life"
19601965 Perry Mason Various roles 3 episodes
1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show Elvie Episode: "Dear Charlie"
1961 The Tom Ewell Show Abbey Episode: "Storm Over Shangri-La"
1961 The Loretta Young Show Mrs. Douglas Episode: "The Preliminaries"
1961 Armstrong Circle Theatre Mrs. Peterson Episode: "Briefing from Room 103"
1961 Alcoa Premiere Nurse Harrington Episode: "People Need People"
1961 Checkmate Mrs. Vorlund Episode: "Through a Dark Glass"
1961 Dr. Kildare Mrs. Kildare Episode: "The Lonely"
1961 Bus Stop Mrs. Wylie Episode: "Call Back Yesterday"
1961 Thriller Agatha Moffat Episode: "Portrait Without a Face"
1962 The Virginian Sophie McCallum Episode: "The Devil's Children"
1962-1963 The Twilight Zone Various roles 2 episodes
19631965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Various roles 3 episodes
1964 Profiles in Courage Mrs. Simpson Episode: "Mary S. McDowell"
1966 The Road West Grandma 2 episodes
1966 Peyton Place Mrs. Burroughs Episode #3.16
1969 Adam-12 Mrs. Hess Episode: "Log 51: A Jumper, Code 2"
1969 This Savage Land Grandma Pride Television movie
1972 The Doctors Emma Simpson Unknown episodes
1974 Apple's Way Mrs. Perry Episode: "The Teacher"
19741975 Search for Tomorrow Raney Wesner Unknown episodes
1975 Eric Mrs. Harris Television movie


  1. "Katherine Squire, 92, Actress In Theater, Film and Television". nytimes.com. April 5, 1995. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  2. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q7G-1S7 : accessed 12 May 2015), Byron Mcgrath and Katherine M Squire, 19 Jan 1930; citing Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1,901,661.
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