GUTHRIE McCLINTIC, American actor, born (d: 1961); For over forty years he and his wife, Katharine Cornell were the envy of Broadway. Against all odds, considering their profession, theirs was a happy marriage, a successful business partnership, a close friendship.
Actually what they shared was what was called “a Lavender marriage”. What they shared most deeply was their bisexuality, exercised to suit their needs, maturely and honestly. In many ways, the American Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson.
Formerly married to Estelle Winwood, after McClintic married Cornell, they formed a production team M.C. & C Company, which produced all the plays for the rest of his life. He directed every play that Cornell starred in, including Romeo and Juliet, Candida, Antony and Cleopatra, No Time for Comedy, Antigone, St. Joan, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Three Sisters, and There Shall Be No Night, and The Constant Wife.
Their production company brought over many of the leading Shakespearean actors of the day, giving them their first prominent Broadway roles, including John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Maurice Evans, and Laurence Olivier.