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Kathleen Wilson Pilkington
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1911
Girard
Crawford County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 2005
Falmouth
Cumberland County
Maine, USA

Radio Actress. As Kathleen Wilson, she created the role of 'Claudia' in "One Man's Family". Launched in the mid-1930s as a single-episode radio drama, this proved such a success that it ran for decades as a Sunday-evening weekly show on radio and then telvision. She appeared frequently on the cover of magazines such as Radio Times. While attending the University of California at Berkeley, she appeared with the NBC Players in San Francisco. In Hollywood, the young actress joined a circle that included the Marx brothers, Edgar Bergen and others. Her first marriage, to Rawson Holmes, having ended in divorce, in 1943 she married Eldridge Haynes, a childhood friend who was then vice-president of the McGraw-Hill business publishing firm. Her decision to join her new husband in New York ended her radio career. To write her out of the script, NBC had Claudia's ship sunk in the Pacific by a submarine. But the popularity of her role led to its being revived after the war with a new actress (her well-known voice had been changed, listeners were told, as a result of being tortured in a Japanese prison camp). In 1953, Eldridge Haynes founded Business International, a publication and research organization that served as mentor and guide to many large American corporations that were then venturing abroad for the first time. As the BI client group grew to include major European and Japanese multinationals, Kathleen helped her husband preside over numerous roundtable conferences with business and government leaders around the world, becoming personal friends with many. Widowed in 1976, Kathleen was remarried in 1978 to Sir Alastair Pilkington, a British scientist/businessman whom she had first met as a BI client. Sir Alastair was the inventor of 'float glass,' a revolutionary industrial process for producing glass, which has since been adopted by all major manufacturers worldwide. At the time of their marriage, he had become chairman of Pilkington Brothers (though only a distant relative) a director of British Petroleum and the Bank of England, and later chancellor of Liverpool University. Residing at Eaton Place in London and Goldrill Cottage in the Lake District, the couple traveled the world in the subsequent years on business and pleasure, until her husband's death in 1995. In 1998, Lady Pilkington returned to the United States. (bio by: Will Stoudt) 
 
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Created by: Will Stoudt
Record added: Jul 21, 2005
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Kathleen <i>Wilson</i> Pilkington
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