Catherine Dale Owen (July 28, 1900 – September 7, 1965) was an American stage
and film actress.
First discovered by Laura MacGillivray, the wife of Actors
Equity president Frank Gillmore, Owen appeared on Broadway in the 1920s through
early 1930s in productions including The Mountain Man, The Whole Town's
Talking, Trelawny of the Wells, The Love City and The Play's the Thing. In
1925, Owen was acclaimed as one of the ten most beautiful women in the world.
Owen made her film debut as Princess Orsolini opposite John
Gilbert's Captain Kovacs in the 1929 film His Glorious Night. It was to Owen
that Gilbert spoke the lines, "Oh beauteous maiden, my arms are waiting to
enfold you. I love you. I love you. I love you." The scene, which proved
disastrous for Gilbert's career, was later parodied in the 1952 film Singin' in
the Rain. In 1930, Owen starred in Lawrence Tibbett's film debut, The Rogue
Song and also with Edmund Lowe in Born Reckless. Owen appeared in her final
film, Defenders of the Law in 1931. She retired from acting in 1935.
Owen married Milton F. Davis, Jr., son of Brigadier General
Milton F. Davis in 1934. The marriage ended in divorce March 1937. On June 5,
1937, Owen married advertising executive Homer P. Metzger in New York City. The
couple had one son, Robert Owen Metzger, born in October 1939.
On September 3, 1965, Owen suffered a stroke at her New York
City home. She was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital where she slipped into a coma.
She died there on September 7 at the age of 65. She was survived by her husband,
Homer and her son Robert. She is buried in the Old Tennent Cemetery in
Manalapan Township, New Jersey.
Owen's likeness was drawn in caricature by Alex Gard for
Sardi's, the New York City theater district restaurant. The picture is now part
of the collection of the New York Public Library