Saturday, 15 June 2019

791) Catherine, Baroness d'Erlanger

Marie Rose Antoinette Catherine "Mimi" de Robert d'Aqueria de Rochegude, Baroness D'Erlanger (1874–1959). French patron of the arts, who supported artists such as the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Cecil Beaton, Romaine Brooks, Philip de László and Sergei Diaghilev. Her granddaughter, Minnie Caroline d'Erlanger, married Winston Churchill, the grandson of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

- "She was known as "The Flame" (La Fiamma) for her hair color.…/Catherine,_Baroness_d%27Erlanger

- "She was very extraordinary, rather like a Renaissance pope, red-haired and rather wicked."…

790) Rosalvo Bobo

Pierre François Joseph Benoit Rosalvo Bobo or Rosalvo Bobo (1874–1929). Haitian politician who opposed the United States occupation of Haiti in 1915. He led the Cacos Rebellion in response to the landing of US Marines at Port au Prince on 28 July 1915. Admiral William B. Caperton ordered the troops in after the death of Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. In this way Bobo was prevented from becoming president with Philippe Sudré Dartiguenave being installed as a US puppet. Bobo first fled to Cuba, but then moved on to Jamaica. He finally settled in France, where he died in 1929.

- "Bobo tended to cover red hair with a high silk hat...…

- "... this one spear-headed by an imperious red-headed mulatto mulatto doctor (also from the north) name Rosalvo Bobo."…

- "The red-haired mulatto who ha been so outspoken again American interference in Haiti affairs abruptly began courting American support."…

- "Throughout Caperton's papers were contless referencces to the 'red-haired doctor' or 'titian' haired Bobo..."…

Friday, 14 June 2019

789) Phoebe Anna Traquair

Phoebe Anna Traquair (born Phoebe Anna Moss, 1852 – 1936). Irish-born artist, who achieved international recognition for her role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, as an illustrator, painter and embroiderer. Her works included large-scale murals, embroidery, enamel jewellery and book illuminations. In 1920 she became the first woman elected to the Royal Scottish Academy.

- "By all accounts she was a feisty red headed Irish woman, but five foot tall and full of creative energy."…/the-wise-and-fooli…/

- "Traquair herself had red hair, and the red hair became almost a trademark of her work."…/postcard-from-scotland-the-em…/

Francis M. Wilson

Francis M. Wilson (1867 - 1932). American politician.
Wilson had a legal and political career extending over a period of more than forty years. During his career he filled the office of City Attorney of Platte City; Prosecuting Attorney of Platte county; State Senator (from 1898 to 1913); and District Attorney of the Western District of Missouri; the latter by appointment of President Wilson. In 1920 he resigned as prosecutor to become receiver for the Kansas City Railways Co. In 1928 he was the Democratic nominee for Governor but was defeated by Governor Caufield. He won the nomination again in the August primary by a majority of 150,000 votes.

- "... Francis M. Wilson - a poetical, oratorical fellow, dignified yet humorous, he was possessed of red hair and freckles and known as the Red-Headed Peckerwood of the Platte.…

- "Francis M. Wilson, known to rural voters as the Red-Headed Peckerwood of the Platte, was a freckled, old-fashioned Missouri stump speaker..."

Friday, 7 June 2019

787) Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky (Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky, 1940 - 1996). Russian and American poet and essayist.
Born into a Russian Jewish family in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in the United States.
He taught thereafter at Mount Holyoke College, and at universities including Yale, Columbia, Cambridge and Michigan.
Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity". He was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991.
According to Professor Andrey Ranchin of Moscow State University: “Brodsky is the only modern Russian poet whose body of work has already been awarded the honorary title of a canonized classic... Brodsky's literary canonization is an exceptional phenomenon. No other contemporary Russian writer has been honored as the hero of such a number of memoir texts; no other has had so many conferences devoted to them”.

- "Brodsky's mentor, Anna Akhmatova, laughed at the KGB's shortsightedness. "What a biography they're fashioning for our red-haired friend!" she said."

- "In November, 1963, an article appeared in the local paper insulting Brodsky, his trousers, his red hair, his literary pretensions, and his poems..."…/2011/05/23/the-gift-keith-gessen

- "Brodsky, wearing a corduroy jacket, had thinnig reddish hair and the sort of pale skin, stippled with frekels, that seemed never to habe been out in the sun."…

Sunday, 26 May 2019

786) Loie Fuller

Loie Fuller (1862 - 1928). American actress and dancer. A pioneer of both modern dance and theatrical lighting techniques.
She was then a plump little girl with a round face, turned-up nose, big blue eyes, and light reddish brown hair.
Fuller herself was actually short, full-bodied, and had blue eyes and red hair.

(Loie Fuller, by the artist
Jules Chéret)

(Loie Fuller - La danseuse c. 1899)

785) Frances Alda

Frances Alda (1879 - 1952). New Zealand-born opera singer, raised in Australia.
Alda's "red hair, resonant voice and startling figure dominating the halls wherein she trod.."
Alda was a forthright woman, her temper, as she noted, as fiery as her red hair.