Caitlin Clarke

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Caitlin Clarke
Clarke in Dragonslayer (1981)
Katherine Anne Clarke

(1952-05-03)May 3, 1952
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 9, 2004(2004-09-09) (aged 52)
OccupationActress, instructor
Years active1978–2001

Caitlin Clarke (born Katherine Anne Clarke, May 3, 1952 – September 9, 2004) was an American theater and film actress best known for her role as Valerian in the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer and for her role as Charlotte Cardoza in the 1998–1999 Broadway musical Titanic.


Clarke was born Katherine Anne Clarke in Pittsburgh, the oldest of five sisters, the youngest of whom is Victoria Clarke. Her family moved to Sewickley when she was ten.

Clarke received her B.A. in theater arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1974 and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1978. During her final year at Yale Clarke performed with the Yale Repertory Theater in such plays as Tales from the Vienna Woods.

The first few years of Clarke's professional career were largely theatrical, apart from her role in Dragonslayer. After appearing in three Broadway plays in 1985, Clarke moved to Los Angeles for several years as a film and television actress. She appeared in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee as Simone, a friendly prostitute. She returned to theater in the early 1990s, and to Broadway as Charlotte Cardoza in Titanic.

Clarke was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000. She returned to Pittsburgh to teach theater at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Rauh Conservatory as well as to perform in Pittsburgh theatre until her death on September 9, 2004.




  • 1979 - Othello
  • 1981 - No End of Blame
  • 1983 - Summer
  • 1984 - Total Eclipse
  • 1984 - Quartermaine's Terms
  • 1984 - Thin Ice
  • 1994 - Three Birds Alighting On A Field
  • 1994 - Unexpected Tenderness


  • 1978 - Tales from the Vienna Woods (New Haven)
  • 1979 - The Winter's Tale (Washington)
  • 1980 - Bal (Chicago)
  • 1981 - Plenty (Chicago)
  • 1982 - Summer Vacation Madness (Minneapolis)
  • 1984 - As You Like It (San Diego)
  • 1984 - Not Quite Jerusalem (New Haven)
  • 1989 - Our Country's Good (Los Angeles)
  • 1991 - The Queen And The Rebels (Baltimore)
  • 1996 - Mrs. Warren's Profession (New Haven)
  • 1997 - Indiscretions (Dallas)
  • 1997 - The Glass Menagerie (Portland, Maine)
  • 1999 - Griller (Baltimore)
  • 2000 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Rochester, NY)
  • 2002 - The Gigli Concert (Pittsburgh)
  • 2002 - Aristocrats (Pittsburgh)



Series: Northern Exposure, The Equalizer, Once a Hero, Moonlighting, Sex And The City, Law & Order ("Menace", "Juvenile", "Stiff"), Matlock ("The Witness").

Movies: Mayflower Madam (1986), Love, Lies and Murder (1991), The Stepford Husbands (1996).

External links[edit]

  • Caitlin Clarke at IMDb
  • "Obituary (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)". Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2004.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  • Caitlin Clarke at Find a Grave