Kate Price (actress)

Kate Price
Born Katherine Duffy
(1872-02-13)February 13, 1872
Cork, Ireland
Died January 4, 1943(1943-01-04) (aged 70)
Woodland Hills, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1890–1937

Kate Price (February 13, 1872 – January 4, 1943) was an Irish-born American actress. She is known for playing the role of Mrs. Kelly in the comedy series, The Cohens and Kellys, made by Universal Pictures between 1926 and 1932. Price appeared in 296 motion pictures between 1910 and 1937.


She was born Katherine Duffy in Cork, Ireland. Her brother was actor Jack Duffy. She began her stage and vaudeville career with her husband, Joseph Price Ludwig, in 1890. Price's motion picture career began with the old Vitagraph Studios in New York City, in 1902. She acted with such movie stars as Flora Finch, Douglas Fairbanks, John Bunny, Buster Keaton, and Mary Pickford. She was paired up with Oliver Hardy for 14 films produced at the Vim Comedy Company in Jacksonville, Florida.[1]

In 1917, Price went to Hollywood. She had parts in The Sea Tiger (1927), The Godless Girl (1929), and Reaching for the Moon (1930). Her final MGM feature was the 1934 Have a Heart. After making Easy Living and Live, Love and Learn (both released in 1937), she retired.


Price died at age 70 at the Motion Picture Country Home, Woodland Hills.[2] Funeral services were held at St. Theresa's Church with interment in Calvary Cemetery.[3][4]

Selected filmography


  1. Wes D. Gehring, Laurel & Hardy: a bio-bibliography, page 10
  2. California State Death Index, Name: Katherine Duffy Ludwig, Birth Date: 02-13-1872, Mother's Maiden: Steele, Father's Last: Duffy, Sex: Female, Death Place: Los Angeles Co. (19), Death Date: 01-04-1943, Age: 70 yrs.
  3. Los Angeles Times, Jan. 5, 1943, "Kate Price of Cohens and Kellys Fame, Dies at 70," p. 6
  4. New York Times, Jan. 6, 1943, "Kate Price," p. 25

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