Wednesday, 20 November 2019

1233) Édouard Vuillard

Jean-Édouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940). French painter, decorative artist and printmaker. From 1891 through 1900 he was a prominent member of the Nabis, making paintings which assembled areas of pure color, and interior scenes, influenced by Japanese prints, where the subjects were blended into colors and patterns. He also was a decorative artist, painting theater sets, panels for interior decoration, and designing plates and stained glass. After 1900, when the Nabis broke up, he adopted a more realistic style, painting landscapes and interiors with lavish detail and vivid colors. In the 1920s and 1930s he painted portraits of prominent figures in French industry and the arts in their familiar settings.
One of his models was Misia Sert.

- "Vuillard, who had red hair and a long beard..."…/edouard-vuillards-greatest-a…/

- "... he received the nickname of ‘le nabi Zouave’ on account of his distinctive red hair and long beard..."…/stori…/douard-vuillard-nabi-and-intimist

- "Vuillard, with his high forehead and reddish hair and beard, looks determined and introspective."…/SB10001424052702303448404577408681620…

Self-portrait with sister
Portrait by Félix Vallotton

Autoportrait à la canne et au canotier

Sunday, 17 November 2019

1232) Michaela Denis

Michaela Denis (1914 – 2003). British-born wildlife documentary film-maker and presenter, working with her husband, Armand Denis.
In order to finance their plans to make wildlife documentaries, the couple travelled to Africa in 1950 to work on the feature film, King Solomon's Mines, in which Michaela acted as Deborah Kerr's double. In 1953 they made a new film together, Below The Sahara, and appeared on BBC radio to promote it. The BBC saw the couple's potential for television work, and in 1954 they produced a pioneering and successful TV programme, Filming Wild Animals. The quality of Armand Denis' film-making, combined with his heavy accent and Michaela's enthusiasm and glamorous appeal, made them fixtures on BBC TV screens in Britain during the 1950s and early 1960s. Accompanied by Armand's commentary, the two would be filmed getting as close to animals as possible, in a style later much parodied. Typically, there would be a trademark moment for Michaela to apply lipstick or comb her hair; she once commented that she could not possibly get into the water with crocodiles until she had put on her eyebrow pencil. The couple made several series for both BBC and ITV, including Filming In Africa (1955), Armand and Michaela Denis (1955-58), On Safari (1957-59) and Safari to Asia (1959-61), which were repeated until well into the 1960s. Michaela Denis also wrote books, including Leopard in My Lap (1955) and Ride on a Rhino (1960).

- "Today Armand Denis is considered to be one of the pioneers of the wildlife documentary, but their contemporary popularity as married adventurers rested largely on the red-haired beauty of Michaela."…

- "Nonetheless, with her red hair and her shapely trousers, she certainly adds a touch of glamour to the jungle scene in darkest Africa..."…

Saturday, 16 November 2019

1231) William Frank "Doc" Carver

William Frank "Doc" Carver (1851 – 1927). American sharpshooter and creator of a popular diving horse attraction.
Carver was trained as a dentist and hence acquired the nickname "Doc". He migrated to the West in 1872, where he practiced dentistry at Fort McPherson and North Platte, Nebraska. He later attempted to distance himself from his early profession as a dentist, but the name "Doc" clung for life.
He migrated to California in 1876, where he honed his shooting skills.
Later, Carver went into partnership with Buffalo Bill Cody to put a Wild West show on the road. The grand opening of the "Wild West: Hon. W. F. Cody and Dr. W. F. Carver's Rocky Mountain and Prairie Exhibition" was in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 17, 1883. The show was an immediate success, but the relationship between the two showmen, Carver and Cody, was contentious from the beginning. At the end of the season they parted ways and divided the assets by the flip of a coin. Cody then formed a partnership with the promoter and showman Nate Salsbury, and the show continued as Buffalo Bill's Wild West.
After the breakup of his show Carver put together a smaller show, which featured trained animals and shooting exhibitions. His biographer wrote that Carver added the diving horse act to the show in Kansas City, Missouri, in August 1894. Over the next few years the other acts were eliminated, and the diving horse exhibition became Carver's primary endeavor. Included in the touring company were his son, Al, who helped train and take care of the horses, and his daughter, Lorena, said to be the first rider. By the time his future daughter-in-law, Sonora Webster, joined the show in 1924, Carver had two diving teams on the road, each performing in a different city.

- "The six foot four inch Carver weighed some 200 pounds and long red hair fell in well combed ringlets over massive shoulders. Historians often referred to him as the most handsome man who ever held a gun."

- "His auburn hair was a flowing, wavy mane, and his ruddy face was splashed with a vivid red mustache."

- "A study in thigh-high boots and shoulder-length red hair...

- "At six foot four, with flowing red hair and a prominent jaw, he was an imposing figure and natural star..."

Friday, 15 November 2019

1230) Renée Kisling

Renée Kisling (born Gros, 1896 - 1960). French artist. She studied art at the Académie Ranson, Paris, where she met the artist Moïse Kisling (1891 - 1953). They married in 1917. She modeled both for her husband and for Amedeo Modigliani, who made three sketches of her and two oil portraits.

- "Stranely, I liked her immediately, with her auburn hair cut short, large nose and pointed chin."…

Portrait by A. Modigliani

Portrait by Moïse Kisling

Portrait by Moïse Kisling

Portrait by Moïse Kisling

Thursday, 14 November 2019

1228) Claire Waldoff

Claire Waldoff (1884 – 1957, born Clara Wortmann). German singer and kabarett entertainer.
She made her breakthrough when Rudolf Nelson gave her a job at the Roland von Berlin theatre near Potsdamer Platz. Initially planning to perform antimilitarist pieces by Paul Scheerbart in a men's suit, Waldoff had greater success with less offensive catchy songs written by Walter Kollo. During the next several years in German cabaret, she sang at Chat Noir on Friedrichstraße and at the Linden-Cabaret on Unter den Linden.
Waldoff's success reached its peak in the Weimar Republic era of the 1920s. After the war, she lost her savings in the West German monetary reform of 1948 and from 1951 relied on little monetary support by the Senate of Berlin.

- "Head of flaming red hair tipped slightly back, one eyebrow mockingly raised..."…/bio…/woman/biography/claire-waldoff/

- "... she was short and stocky with wild red hair and had adopted the gruff persona and brash slang of a ‘native Berliner’."

- "A short, stocky, square-faced woman with bright red hair..."…

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

1228) Margot Hielscher

Margot Hielscher (1919 – 2017). German singer and film actress. She appeared in over fifty films between and 1939 and 1994.
In 1957 she was chosen to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 with the song "Telefon, Telefon". The song finished fourth out of ten, with eight points.
Hielscher was chosen again to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1958 with the song "Für Zwei Groschen Musik" (Music For Two Pennies). The song finished seventh out of ten, with 5 points.

- "Also as a presenter proved the red-haired talent.…/rip-margot-hielscher.…

- "Trade Mark: Red hair.

1227) Rosabell Glass

Rosabell Glass (1880-1971). American history teacher at Ballard High School and Lincoln High School. In 1918 she volunteered with the YMCA to help with World War I in France and was stationed in a YMCA entertainment section in Brest.
After the war, she returned to Seattle to continue teaching. She taught nine years at Franklin High School before becoming the first girl's advisor at Roosevelt High School, where she founded the Aurora Guards, a group composed entirely of red heads. This group was responsible for entertaining visitors and helping new students integrate into the school. Glass was also an associate editor for the pro-women's suffrage newspaper Votes for Women

- "She is quoted saying, "I've got red hair, I know how to rough it..."

- "The group's founder was Roosevelt High School's girls guidance counselor, Rose Glass, a flamboyant redhead..."…