Carol Stone (actress)

Carol Montgomery Stone (February 1, 1915 – June 10, 2011) was an actress who played "Big Nose Kate", or Kate Holliday, the common-law wife of Doc Holliday, in ten episodes in the 1957–58 season of the ABC/Desilu western television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.[1]


Stone was the daughter of actor Fred Stone.[1] Her mother was actress Allene Crater; her sisters, Dorothy Stone and Paula Stone. The author Rex Beach is her uncle.[2] Her middle name came from her father's longtime comedy partner David C. Montgomery. In 1940, she married Robert W. McCahon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McCahon of Brookline, Massachusetts. They divorced in 1950 and had no children.[3]

Stone's TV debut came on January 2, 1951, when she appeared in Burlesque on CBS.[4]

In the episode "Wyatt Meets Doc Holliday" (April 23, 1957), Stone is first cast as "Kate Holliday", or "Big Kate". She is depicted as Holliday's estranged overbearing wife, who takes an interest in the rehabilitation of his health though he seems oblivious to her existence. Douglas Fowley played the role of Holliday, with Hugh O'Brian in the title role of deputy marshal Wyatt Earp.[5]

She died on June 10, 2011.


  1. ^ a b "Fred Stone's Daughter, Carol, Now on ABC-TV". Chicago Tribune. May 12, 1957. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Fred Stone's Daughter, Carol, Now on ABC-TV. Carol Stone, plays Big Kate on ABC-TV's Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, is a daughter of musical comedy star ...
  2. ^ Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel Blum c. 1952
  3. ^ "Miss Carol M. Stone of Stage to be Wed. Daughter of Fred Stone Will Be Bride of R. W. McCahon". The New York Times. June 9, 1940. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Carol Montgomery Stone, youngest daughter of Fred Stone, veteran musical comedy star and motion-picture actor, and Mrs. Stone, to Robert W. McCahon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McCahon of Brookline, Mass. The wedding will take place in the Autumn.
  4. ^ Gross, Ben (December 22, 1950). "Televiewing". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2019 – via
  5. ^ ""Wyatt Meets Doc Holliday"". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 16, 2014.

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