Thursday, 30 August 2018

649) Kathleen Rockwell

Kathleen Eloise Rockwell (1873 – 1957), best known as "Klondike Kate", and later known as Kate Rockwell Warner Matson Van Duren. She gained her fame as a dancer and vaudeville star during the Klondike Gold Rush, where she met Alexander Pantages who later became a very successful vaudeville/motion picture mogul. She gained notoriety for her flirtatious dancing and ability to keep hard-working miners happy if not inebriated.

- "She was Kathleen "Kitty" Rockwell Matson, a red-haired beauty who was a popular performer in Dawson City..." https://books.google.it/books…

- "In Dawson, Klondike Kate was famous for her red-gold hair, charisma and happy-go-lucky style on stage." http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108b-vaudeville-legend-klondike-…

- ""Klondike Kate" Rockwell was headline news, off and on, for 50 years. She inspired a book, a play and a movie -- all telling and retelling the story of the red-haired New York chorus beauty who mined enough from gold miners' pouches to amass her own fortune." http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/25/local/me-then25
 
- "A fiery, red-headed beauty glided out before the crowd, her violent eyes smiling." https://cowgirlmagazine.com/wild-women-wednesday-kate-rock…/

- "Describing Kate in “Good Time Girls,” author Lael Morgan writes, “She had natural red hair, violet eyes, long black lashes and a splendid figure." https://www.twincities.com/…/despite-that-boa-klondike-kat…/



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