Sunday, 18 November 2018

693) Mary Pyne

Mary Pyne (1894 - 1919). Wife of American poet and writer Harry Kemp. Like her husband, she was associated with the Provincetown Players.

- "Mary Pyne had gray-blue eyes and Titian red hair that was exquisitely set off against her pale skin." https://books.google.it/books…

- "... it is dedicated 'To the Memory of Mary Pyne' and describes a bedside vigil beside a red-haired beloved." https://books.google.it/books…

- "Mary Pyne, also connected to the Provincetown Players, had Titian red hair, gray-blue eyes... creamy skin and red lips." https://books.google.it/books…

- "Even Kemp's wife, the red-haired Mary Pyne, acted in some of the early plays, her performance in Before Breakfast reportedly being her best." http://www.eoneill.com/library/newsletter/iv_1-2/iv-1-2f.htm

Friday, 16 November 2018

692) Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; 1904 - 1977). American actress. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Crawford tenth on its list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Born of English, French Huguenot, Swedish, and Irish ancestry, in San Antonio, Texas, she began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, that of MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hard-working young women who find romance and success. These characters and stories were well received by Depression-era audiences, and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars, and one of the highest-paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money, and, by the end of the 1930s, she was labeled "box office poison". However, her career gradually improved in the early 1940s, and she made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She would go on to receive Best Actress nominations for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). Crawford continued to act in film and television throughout the 1950s and 1960s; she achieved box office success with the highly successful horror film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962), in which she starred alongside Bette Davis, her long-time rival.

- "Joan was a petite, freckle-faced redhead." https://www.biography.com/news/joan-crawford-biography-facts

- "She was only five feet three, she had freckles, a mop of reddish hair, and broad, square shoulders, and she was a little heavy (a hundred and forty pounds) for her size." https://www.newyorker.com/…/2011/01/03/escape-artist-david-…

- "As she blossomed into a beautiful teenager, with flame-red hair, expressive blue eyes and shapely legs, she soon attracted a different kind of attention." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Joan-Crawford-used-body-contr…

- "Born Lucille LeSueur, the future star’s natural complexion featured freckles and red hair." https://www.crfashionbook.com/…/joan-crawford-makeup-iconi…/

- "Beyond being, well, bitter, Peychaud’s red hue is a tribute to her naturally red hair..." https://www.thrillist.com/…/the-bittersweet-joan-celebrates…

- "Years later, Fitzgerald would cross paths with another red-headed woman, Joan Crawford..." https://books.google.it/books…




Sunday, 11 November 2018

691) Natacha Rambova

Natacha Rambova (born Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy; 1897 – 1966). American film costume designer and set designer, and occasional actress who was active in Hollywood in the 1920s. In her later life, she abandoned design to pursue other interests, specifically Egyptology, a subject on which she became a published scholar in the 1950s.
Born into a prominent Mormon family in Salt Lake City, Rambova was raised in San Francisco and educated in England before beginning her career as a dancer, performing under Russian ballet choreographer Theodore Kosloff in New York City. She relocated to Los Angeles at age 19, where she became an established costume designer for Hollywood film productions. It was there she became acquainted with actor Rudolph Valentino, with whom she had a two-year marriage from 1923 to 1925.
Rambova has been noted by fashion and art historians for her unique costume designs that drew on and synthesized a variety of influences, as well as her dedication to historical accuracy in crafting them. Academics have also cited her interpretive contributions to the field of Egyptology as significant.


- "Natacha was a stunning beauty. She kept her auburn hair long, parted in the middle, wrapped and tied with turbans and headbands." http://ingegregusch.blogspot.com/…/natacha-rambova-portrait…

- "She is a tall thin person who wears a handsome turban over braided coils of red-brown hair." https://allaboutrudy.org/tag/natacha-rambova/page/9/

Detail from the portrait of Natasha Rambova by Svetoslav Roerich, 1926,

Friday, 9 November 2018

690) Jacob Tonson

Jacob Tonson, sometimes referred to as Jacob Tonson the elder (1655–1736). Eighteenth-century English bookseller and publisher.
Tonson published editions of John Dryden and John Milton, and is best known for having obtained a copyright on the plays of William Shakespeare by buying up the rights of the heirs of the publisher of the Fourth Folio after the Statute of Anne went into effect. He was also the founder of the famous Kit-Cat Club.

- "Dryden described Tonson thus, in lines written under his portrait, and afterwards printed in Faction Displayed (1705):
With leering looks, bull-faced, and freckled fair;
With two left legs, and Judas-coloured hair,
And frowzy pores, that taint the ambient air
."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Tonson?fbclid=IwAR1wDOWGR7bz5RV63y-OceMRAYOaUb_B4kOQUGPzmafh-aPbhzfYKRiAV_c
and https://books.google.co.uk/ 

(Portrait of Tonson
by the artist Sir Godfrey Kneller)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

689) Antonio Sant'Elia

Antonio Sant'Elia (1888 – 1916). Italian architect and key member of the Futurist movement in architecture. He left behind almost no completed works of architecture and is primarily remembered for his bold sketches and influence on modern architecture.

- "Magro, bello, i capelli rossi tirati all'indietro..." [Slender, handsome, his red hair drawn back...http://www.ilgiornale.it/…/santelia-corbusier-e-metropolis-…

- "Era bello, alto, con capelli rossi ricci." [He was handsome, tall, with curly red hair.] https://www.corrieredicomo.it/antonio-santelia-visionario-…/

- "... che piace alle donne con quei suoi capelli rossi da Rosso Malpelo..." [... women love him, with his red hair as Rosso Malpelo...] http://www.cultweek.com/come-sugli-alberi-le-foglie-biondi…/


Saturday, 3 November 2018

688) Margherita Sarfatti

Margherita Sarfatti (born Grassini,1880 – 1961). Italian journalist, art critic, patron, collector, socialite, a prominent propaganda adviser of the National Fascist Party. She was Benito Mussolini's biographer as well as one of his mistresses.
She was the daughter of Amedeo Grassini and Emma Levi. Amedeo was a wealthy Jewish lawyer and businessman. He was a fiscal attorney for the Venetian government and a close friend of Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, later Pope Pius X.
In 1911, Margherita Sarfatti met Benito Mussolini and started a relationship with him. After losing her husband in 1924, she wrote a biography of Mussolini. This was first published in 1925 in Britain under the title The Life of Benito Mussolini; it was published the following year in Italy with the title Dux. Because of the fame of Mussolini and the author's familiarity with the dictator, the book was a success. Seventeen editions were printed and it was translated into 18 languages.

- "Attractive and green-eyed, with auburn hair, at eighteen she maried a Jewish lawyer forteen years her senior." https://books.google.it/books…

- "The lovely girl with red hair and green eyes and insatiable curiosity was raised in a protected setting and surrounded by love..." https://www.haaretz.com/the-jewish-mother-of-fascism-1.4856…
 
- "Ad attenderla trovava Antonio Fogazzaro, che amava sentire quella piccina dai capelli rossi recitare accanto agli affreschi del Tiepolo. [She would find Antionio Fogazzaro waiting for her. He loved hearing the little red-haired girl reciting near Tiepolo's frescoes.]" https://www.sassodiasiago.it/chi_era.htm

- "Fin da ragazza affascina per la sua bellezza fuori dell’ordinario, con quegli occhi grigio-verdi e i capelli color rame, e attira il suo temperamento ribelle, insofferente al perbenismo borghese. [She charmes people since she was a teenager because of her beauty out of the ordinary, with her gray-blue eyes and copper hair. And she appeals with her rebel temperament, intolerant to bourgeois respectability.]" https://donneprotagoniste.blogspot.com/…/margherita-sarfatt…





Friday, 2 November 2018

687) Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning (born Elaine Marie Catherine Fried, 1918 – 1989). American Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era. She wrote extensively on the art of the period and was an editorial associate for Art News magazine. On December 9, 1943, she married painter Willem de Kooning.

- "As a man, he lover her vibrancy, wit, social grace, but most especially her thick red hair and yes, her long American legs." https://books.google.it/books…

- "... her petite five-foot, five-inch frame, accented by her auburn hair, sparkling brown eyes and lipstick-lined mouth..." https://books.google.it/books…

- "“She had such beautiful hair,” Willem de Kooning said about the 20-year-old, Flatbush-born Elaine Marie Fried [...] And that thick, reddish brown hair is a prominent feature in the absorbing and historically valuable exhibition “Elaine de Kooning Portrayed”..." https://hamptonsarthub.com/…/elaine-de-kooning-portrayed-a…/

- "... the white plastic daisies on bobby pins that held her red hair away from her face..." https://books.google.it/books…



"Portrait of Elaine de Kooning" by Alex Katz, 1965.

"Self Portrait" by Elaine de Kooning.