Alexander Kirkland

1901 - 1986

Writer producer stage and screen actor William Alexander Kirkland was born in Mexico City, the son of Robert Gowland Kirkland and Charlotte Megan and the grandson of rear admiral William Alexander Kirkland and Consuela Gowland. As a boy, Kirkland attended the Taft School, a prep school in Watertown, CT. and later the University of Virginia. He began his acting career at the historic Hedgerow Theatre in Media, PA., and later became associated with Group Theatre, the brainchild of Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg. He would go on to appear on Broadway, summer stock and in films. As a writer Kirkland had contributed stories to a number of popular national magazines of the day.Kirkland is probably best remembered today for his two year marriage to Rose Louise Hovick, known professionally as Gypsy Rose Lee. Their son Eric was born three month after they divorced and just a few hours before Kirkland married socialite Phyllis Ann Adams on December 12, 1944. It would later come

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