Saturday, 31 July 2021

1390) Mabel Dearmer

Jessie Mabel Pritchard Dearmer (née White; 1872 – 1915). English novelist, dramatist and children's book author/illustrator. She was a committed pacifist who died caring for the war wounded in Serbia.

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Mabel was a brillian creature, with flaming red-gold hair..."

1389) Dorothy Mackaye

Dorothy Mackaye (1899–1940). Scots-American actress of 20s and 30s stage and screen.

In 1921 she met Ziegfeld Follies song-and-dance man Ray Raymond while performing in "Blue Eyes". Raymond left his wife for her and they had a daughter, Valerie.
In 1927, actor Paul Kelly and husband Ray Raymond squared off over the affections of Dorothy in a violent, alcohol-induced fight. Dorothy was out shopping at the time. Raymond, seriously beaten about the head and body, lingered for two days then succumbed to a brain hemorrhage. Kelly was sentenced to prison for manslaughter (he served a little over two years) and Dorothy too for concealing and distorting facts (she tried to convince police that Raymond had died of "natural causes"). She was released after 10 months.
In 1931, Dorothy and Paul Kelly were married after he was released from prison. They returned to New York, but eventually moved back to California, where they raised her daughter Valerie Raymond as Mimi Kelly.
Dorothy Mackaye's account of her experiences, Women in Prison, became a film, Ladies They Talk About (1933), with Barbara Stanwyck, and was remade as Lady Gangster in 1942.
Mackaye died in a 1940 auto crash, when her car swerved and rolled into a ditch. She walked home, and, seeking to assuage Kelly's concerns, insisted that she was not seriously hurt. However, she had suffered internal injuries, and died within hours.

- "Dorothy Mackaye was a petite, plaintive, red-headed, almond-eyed Scots-American actress..."

- "Described by The Times as a “red-headed charmer,” Mackaye moved west to pursue stage acting..."

- "An energetic, blue-eyed, red haired youngster..."

- "With her red hair piled high on her head, gold rimmed glasses on her nose..."



1388) Sallie Ward

Sally Ward Lawrence Hunt Armstrong Downs, also known as Sallie Ward, (1827 – 1896). American "Southern belle." Born into the Southern aristocracy of Kentucky in the Antebellum South, she married four times. After a failed marriage into the Boston Brahmin elite, she married three more times and became a socialite in New Orleans and Louisville, Kentucky. She was one of the first women in the United States to wear cosmetics, and she wore daring outfits.

She organized one of the first fancy dress balls in Kentucky and paved the way for wearing several dresses during a given society ball.
- "... a rounded figure with auburn hair, blue eyes and penciled brows."

Friday, 30 July 2021

1387) Margaret Fuller

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1810 – 1850). American journalist, editor, critic, translator, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first American female war correspondent, writing for Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune, and full-time book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

- "She was short, had a somewhat curved spine, and auburn hair (red hair was considered unattractive)."
- "... a tall little girl with plain looks and auburn hair..."


Thursday, 29 July 2021

1386) Albertine, Baroness Staël von Holstein

Hedvig Gustava Albertina, Baroness de Staël-Holstein or simply Albertine (1797–1838). Daughter of Erik Magnus Staël von Holstein and Madame de Staël. Her biological father may have been the author Benjamin Constant.

- "... and Benjamin Constant the father of red-haired Albertine."
- "Some have noted that, like Benjamin, Albertine had red hair..."
Madame de Staël and her daughter Albertine by Marguerite Gérard


1385) Cora Pearl

Cora Pearl (born Eliza Emma Crouch, 1836 – 1886). British nineteenth century courtesan of the French demimonde who became most well known during the period of the Second French Empire.

Pearl was known for dressing creatively, with the intent to provoke either shock or awe. Théodore de Banville wrote of her affinity for dying her hair bold colors; she was once seen riding out in her carriage, her hair the color of a lemon, dyed to match the carriage's yellow satin interior. In another instance, she appeared in a blue gown, her dog’s coat dyed to match her wardrobe.

Pearl also utilized makeup in a manner heavier than most women of the time, using makeup to accentuate her eyes and eyelashes, and wearing face powder tinted with silver or pearls to give her skin a shimmering appearance. Jean-Philippe Worth, the son of the couturier Worth, pronounced her "shockingly overdone" in this aspect. In 1867, a drink came into vogue, inspired by Pearl, dubbed the "Tears of Cora Pearl". Alfred Delvau wrote a tribute to Pearl in Les Plaisirs de Paris in 1867, declaring that: "You are today, Madame, the renown, the preoccupation, the scandal and the toast of Paris. Everywhere they talk only of you…"
- "Among his many children, Emma was his favourite: she was a delightful child, lively and flirtatious, with red hair and a freckled face."
- "She had a round, freckled 'clown's' face, with small, piglet eyes, a large mouth, and unfashionably red hair."


1384) Benjamin Constant

Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque (1767 – 1830), or simply Benjamin Constant. Swiss-French political thinker, activist and writer on political theory and religion.

Besides his numerous essays on political and religious themes, Constant also wrote on romantic love. His autobiographical Le Cahier rouge (1807) gives an account of his love for Madame de Staël, whose protégé and collaborator he became, especially in the Coppet circle, and a successful novella, Adolphe (1816).

He was a fervent classical liberal of the early 19th century. He refined the concept of liberty, defining it as a condition of existence that allowed the individual to turn away interference from the state or society. His ideas influenced the Trienio Liberal movement in Spain, the Liberal Revolution of 1820 in Portugal, the Greek War of Independence, the November uprising in Poland, the Belgian Revolution, and liberalism in Brazil and Mexico.
He may have been the father of Albertine, daughter of Madame de Staël. 
- "He also had shocking red hair …[and] was also endowed with a caustic tongue, freckled face, blue-grey eyes, a nervous tic and poor posture."
- "From her, he inherited his red hair and pallid complexion."
- "Among the visitors were such men as the red-haired Benjamin Constant..."