Off-Stage With Nedda Harrigan
"In the mid-1920's Nedda married the great character actor, Walter Connolly. They had one child, a daughter, Ann. They resided in Beverly Hills, California because Mr. Connnolly was under contract to Columbia Pictures. . . .
"When Mr. Connonlly passed away in 1940, Nedda returned to New York City. On a fateful day, while she was waiting for an appointment in a casting director's office, Joshua Logan happened by and saw her sitting there. He fell instantly in love with her and cast her in his Broadway revival of CHARLIE'S AUNT, starring Jose Ferrer. From 1940 until Josh's passing in 1988, they were never parted. They married in 1945.
"Nedda became the first and only woman (so far) president of The Actor's Fund of America. It was an organization close to her heart because her father, Edward Harrigan, was one of its founders. If it was a Thursday and Nedda was in New York, she'd be at the weekly Board of Directors meeting at the Fund. She helped raise millions of dollars for it and was instrumental in getting a retirement home built in New Jersey for people in the theatrical community.
"From the moment she met Joshua Logan, he became her number one priority. He did his most dazzling creative work under her loving care. She was his confidante, best friend and partner in every respect. After they married, Nedda gave up acting. She said she 'didn't want to be an actress married to a director who was always looking for a part in every script that came his way.'
"She was an extraodinary wife to Josh, a deeply caring mother . . . and always cherishing of her friends."
Nedda Harrigan made only 14 movies from 1929 to 1940 but made a
big impact on the mystery genre with three of them:
As Louise DeVoe in The Case of the Black Cat (PerryMason/1936)
As Mme. Anita Borelli in Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
As Madam Tchernov in Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)