Kit"" is shown as an imaginative child who considered that her looks were such that she could cherish no hopes of becoming a great actress. Her home was a pleasant one, but she was moody, sensitive, and it took real courage and persistence to develop out of this, by earnest endeavor and untiring work, into the first lady of the theatre. Courageous beginnings, training in a school of the theatre, in little theatre group work, in small parts -- and finally success, stardom, and a career as co-manager with her husband, Guthrie McClintic. The perfect book for girls who have aspirations towards the stage. The author has woven plenty of behind the scenes material into her biography, and introduced colorful theatrical personalities of the past decade. Miss Cornell herself emerges as so completely genuine that she never evades the reach of the reader.