Joseph Cotten

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.

Petersburg, VA born Cotten came to the stage in the 1920s, made it to Broadway in the early 1930s and remained busy throughout the decade, capping it off with his portrayal of C.K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story on Broadway. A few years earlier Cotten began a lifelong friendship with Orson Welles and was an original member of Welles' Mercury Theatre company when it was founded in 1937. It was through Welles and the Mercury that Cotten made his film debut, technically Too Much Johnson (1938), but since nobody saw that one until recently, we'll go with a slightly better known title: Citizen Kane (1941). Cotten's career featured numerous appearances on radio, television, and even three successful returns to Broadway in the 1950s and '60s, but we'll limit ourselves to the feature films. Top titles following Kane include his follow-up for Welles in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942); Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943); Gaslight (1944) at MGM; David O. Selznick's I'll Be Seeing You (1944), and again for Selznick with Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones in Since You Went Away (1944), and then with Jones for Selznick in Duel in the Sun (1946) and Portrait of Jennie (1948); opposite Oscar-winning Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter (1947); reunited with Welles for Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949); opposite Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953); with Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964); and as Secretary of War Stimson in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Cotten continued to act until health brought him down in 1981. After recovering he shifted gears and got to work on his autobiography, Vanity Will Get You Somewhere, published in 1987.

Birthday: May 15

ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1946 still photo picturing Lillian Gish and Joseph Cotten with Lionel Barrymore in "Duel in...
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