Rose McClendon

Infobox actor
name = Rose McClendon

imagesize = 150px
caption = Rose McClendon photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
birthname = Rose Virginia Scott McClendon
birthdate = birth date|1884|8|27|mf=y
birthplace = New York, New York, United States
deathdate = death date and age|1936|7|12|1884|8|27|mf=y
deathplace = New York, New York, United States
restingplace = Mount Hope Cemetery
Westchester County
New York, United States

Rose McClendon born Rose Virginia Scott McClendon, (August 27, 1884July 12, 1936) was a leading African American Broadway actress of the 1920's.

Rose McClendon, the "Negro first lady of the dramatic stage"(1) was born in Greenville, SC under the name of Rosalie Virginia Scott. Rose was born circa in 1885 in South Carolina and as a child relocated to New York City. She started acting in church plays as a child, but did not become a professional actress until she won a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Art, when she was in her thirties.

Her first claim to fame came in "Deep River", a "native opera with jazz", in 1926. In addition to acting, she also directed several plays at the Harlem Experimental Theatre.

She was a contemporary of Paul Robeson, Ethel Barrymore, Lynne Fontanne and Langston Hughes. Hughes wrote a character for her in his 1935 play, Mulatto. Her talent extended to directing as well as acting. She co-founded the Negro People's Theatre in Harlem (1935). A year later McClendon died of pneumonia. Her co-founder and his wife, Dick Campbell and Murial Rahn, founded the Rose McClendon players.


* "Deep River" 1926
* "Abraham's Bosom" 1927
* "Porgy" 1928
* "Black Souls" 1932
* "Never No More" 1932
* "Panic" 1935
* "Mulatto" 1936

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