Saturday, 3 April 2021

1367) Mary Anderson (born 1918)

Mary Bebe Anderson (1918 – 2014). American actress, who appeared in 31 films and 22 television productions between 1939 and 1965. She was best known for her small supporting role in the film Gone With the Wind as well as one of the main characters in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film Lifeboat.

- "Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O’Hara..."



1366) Mary Anderson (born 1859)

Mary Anderson (later Mary Anderson de Navarro; 1859 –1940). American theatre actress.

In 1877, she began an extensive US tour, culminating with a six-week engagement in Edward Bulwer Lytton's The Lady of Lyons. From this point she enjoyed a twelve-year career of unbroken success, with regular New York performances and US tours.

In 1883, after starring in an American production of W. S. Gilbert's Pygmalion and Galatea, she went on the London stage at the Lyceum Theatre, remaining in England for six years to perform to much acclaim including at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. In 1887 in London she appeared in The Winter's Tale in the double role of Perdita and Hermione (the first actress to include this innovation). This production ran to 160 performances, and was taken back to the United States.

In 1889, however, she collapsed on stage due to severe nervous exhaustion during a performance at Albaugh's Theatre in Washington. Disbanding her company, she announced her retirement at the age of 30.

She has been cited as a model for characters in the Mapp and Lucia novels of E F Benson (either the operatic soprano Olga Bracely or Lucia herself), as well as the prototype for the heroine of William Black's novel The Strange Adventures of a House-Boat.

- "... and crowning all a wealth of auburn hair, from which peeps, as she turns, a pink, shell-like ear..." 

- "She was famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for her red haired beauty, superb voice, and intelligent interpretations." 

- "The most highly esteemed native-born actress of the period was the beautiful, red-haired Mary Anderson."



Friday, 2 April 2021

1365) Virginia Heinlein

Virginia "Ginny" Heinlein (1916 – 2003), born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld. American chemist, biochemist, engineer, and the third wife and muse of Robert A. Heinlein, a prominent and successful author often considered as one of the "Big Three" of science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke).

- "A redheaded organic chemist and biochemist, she served as an inspiration for many of the active and talented red-haired women in Heinlein's stories."
- "Many of them have red hair, like Heinlein's wife Virginia."
- "She is red headed and quite much of an athlete..."


Thursday, 1 April 2021

1364) Herman Frasch

Herman Frasch [or Hermann Frasch] (1851 – 1914). German chemist, mining engineer and inventor known for his work with petroleum and sulphur.

- "His father then sent the blue-eyed, red-haired lad to Schwäbisch Hall..."
- "The young red-headed boy managed to find some time to amuse himself on his own..."


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

1363) Mary Slessor

Mary Mitchell Slessor (1848 – 1915). Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, Slessor learned Efik, one of the numerous local languages, then began teaching. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children. She is most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins in Okoyong, an area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

- "Slessor, 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes..."
- "With red hair, blue eyes and a strong Dundonian accent, she would have stood out among the other missionary workers."
- "Slessor... cut short her red hair and eat the local food..."


Monday, 29 March 2021

1362) Reginald A. Fessenden

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1866 – 1932). Canadian-born inventor, who did a majority of his work in the United States. During his life he received hundreds of patents in various fields, most notably ones related to radio and sonar. 

Fessenden is best known for his pioneering work developing radio technology, including the foundations of amplitude modulation (AM) radio. His achievements included the first transmission of speech by radio (1900), and the first two-way radiotelegraphic communication across the Atlantic Ocean (1906). In 1932 he reported that, in late 1906, he also made the first radio broadcast of entertainment and music, although a lack of verifiable details has led to some doubts about this claim.


- "Fay had met the imposing, red-haired Canadian a few years before at Bell Labs..."
- "When these characteristics emanated from a ginger-colored hair and bearded person..."
- "He certainly struck a fine figure, being over 6ft, sporting a head of ginger hair and a full beard."


1361) Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931). American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and early versions of the electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research laboratory.


- "... his long auburn hair fell over his eyes."