Tuesday, 5 January 2021

1351) Elena Verdugo

Elena Angela Verdugo (1925 – 2017). American actress who began in films at the age of five in Cavalier of the West (1931). Her career in radio, television, and film spanned six decades.

 

- "When CBS offered her the part of this dumb blonde, It meant she had to bleach her beautiful red hair... “I think nature knows best.” she continued, “and I think my auburn hair was a better contrast to my light skin." https://neglectedvenus.wordpress.com/2020/01/page/2/
 

 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

1350) June Allyson

June Allyson (born Eleanor Geisman; 1917 – 2006). American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer.

Allyson began her career in 1937 as a dancer in short subject films and on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor. Allyson's "girl next door" image was solidified during the mid-1940s when she was paired with actor Van Johnson in six films. In 1951, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Young to Kiss. From 1959 to 1961, she hosted and occasionally starred in her own anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, which aired on CBS.
In the 1970s, she returned to the stage starring in Forty Carats and No, No, Nanette. In 1982, Allyson released her autobiography June Allyson by June Allyson, and continued her career with guest starring roles on television and occasional film appearances.
 
- "... the diminutive 5'1" (1.55 m), weighing less than 100 pounds, red-headed Allyson landed a chorus job in the Broadway show Sing out the News in 1938." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Allyson
 

 

1349) Grace Bradley

Grace Bradley (1913 – 2010). American film actress who was active in Hollywood during the 1930s.

- "The petite, seductive and sassy Bradley, who never made a colour film, was a redhead but was frequently seen as a blonde." https://www.theguardian.com/.../08/grace-bradley-obituary
 
- "Specializing in hard-boiled roles, the redheaded performer was seen in such melodious musical films as Anything Goes (1936) and Wake Up and Live (1937)." https://www.fandango.com/.../grace-bradley-74164/biography
 

 

Friday, 1 January 2021

1348) Katharine Brush

Katharine Brush (1902 – 1952). American newspaper columnist, short-story writer, and novelist. In the era of the 1920s-1930s, she was considered one of the country's most widely-read fiction writers, as well as one of the highest paid women writers of her time; several of her books were best-sellers, and several others were made into movies.

- "Katharine was described a small woman with dark red hair and an acquiline nose which she was said to deplore." http://www.eastliverpoolhistoricalsociety.org/redhead.htm
 

 

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

1347) Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic, also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – 1221). Castilian Catholic priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.

In 1215, Dominic established himself, with six followers, in a house given by Peter Seila, a rich resident of Toulouse. Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the spiritual needs of the growing cities of the era, one that would combine dedication and systematic education, with more organizational flexibility than either monastic orders or the secular clergy. He subjected himself and his companions to the monastic rules of prayer and penance; and meanwhile Bishop Foulques gave them written authority to preach throughout the territory of Toulouse.
Also in 1215, the year of the Fourth Lateran Council, Dominic and Foulques went to Rome to secure the approval of the Pope, Innocent III. Dominic returned to Rome a year later, and was finally granted written authority in December 1216 and January 1217 by the new pope, Honorius III for him to form the Ordo Praedicatorum ("Order of Preachers").
The spread of the Rosary, a Marian devotion, is attributed to the preaching of Dominic. For centuries the Rosary has been at the heart of the Dominican Order. Pope Pius XI stated, "The Rosary of Mary is the principle and foundation on which the very Order of Saint Dominic rests for making perfect the life of its members and obtaining the salvation of others." For centuries, Dominicans have been instrumental in spreading the Rosary and emphasizing the Catholic belief in The Power of the Rosary.
 
- "He had reddish hair and beard and beautiful eyes ..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Dominic
 

 

1346) Pietro Carnesecchi

Pietro Carnesecchi (1508 – 1567). Italian humanist.

Born in Florence, he came into touch with the new learning at the house of his maternal uncle, Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi, in Rome. At the age of twenty-five he held several rich livings, had been notary and protonotary to the Curia and was first secretary to the pope.
By his conduct at the conference with Francis I of France at Marseille he won the favour of Catherine de' Medici and other influential personages at the French court, who in later days befriended him. He made the acquaintance of the Spanish reformer Juan de Valdés at Rome, and got to know him as a theologian at Naples. Under Valdés' influence he wholeheartedly accepted Luther's doctrine of justification by faith, though he repudiated a policy of schism.
When the movement of suppression began, Carnesecchi was implicated. In 1557 he was cited (for the second time) before the tribunal in Rome, but refused to appear. The death of Pope Paul IV and the accession of Pope Pius IV in 1559 made his position easier, and he came to live in Rome. With the accession of Pope Pius V in 1566 the Inquisition renewed its activities with fiercer zeal than ever.
Carnesecchi was in Venice when the news reached him, and betook himself to Florence, where, thinking himself safe, he was betrayed by Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, who wished to curry favour with the pope. From July 1566 he lay in prison over a year. On 21 September 1567 a sentence of degradation and death was passed on him and sixteen others, ambassadors from Florence vainly kneeling to the pope for some mitigation, and on 1 October he was publicly beheaded and then burned.

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Monday, 28 December 2020

1345) Stefano Amato

Stefano Amato (1957 - 2005). Italian actor.

While in high school, he was noticed by one of his teachers, the wife of film director Salvatore Sampieri. He had two characteristics that made him suitable for the light comedies of that period: red hair and a chubby physique.
At the end of the 70s he retired from acting.
 
- "... i capelli rossi e la corporatura grassoccia." (Red hair and a chubby physique) https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefano_Amato