Saturday, 23 April 2022

1428) Juan Nepomuceno Cortina

Juan Nepomuceno Cortina Goseacochea (1824 – 1894), also known by his nicknames Cheno Cortina, the Red Robber of the Rio Grande and the Rio Grande Robin Hood. Mexican rancher, politician, military leader, outlaw and folk hero. He was an important caudillo, military general and regional leader, who effectively controlled the Mexican state of Tamaulipas as governor. In borderlands history he is known for leading a paramilitary mounted Mexican Militia in the failed Cortina Wars. The "Wars" were raids targeting Anglo-American civilians whose settlement Cortina opposed near the several leagues of land granted to his wealthy family on both sides of the Rio Grande. Anglo families began immigrating to the Lower Rio Grande Valley after the Mexican Army was defeated by the Anglo-Mexican rebels of the Mexican State of Tejas, in the Texas Revolution.

- "... such such derogatory nicknames as the “Rogue of the Rio Grande” and “The Red Robber,” (in reference to his red hair and beard)."
- "Cortina, nicknamed Cheno, was slender, with reddish-blond hair and gray eyes."
- "... with a light complexion, reddish-brown hair, gray-green eyes and a striking red beard... Because of his red hair, he was sometimes refered to as The Red Robber of the Rio Grande."


1427) Anne "Fifi" Urquhart Potter Stillman McCormick

Anne "Fifi" Urquhart Potter Stillman McCormick (1879-1969). Wife of James Alexander Stillman (1873 – 1944), a president of National City Bank.

She was the daughter of James Brown Potter and Cora Urquhart, a stage actress.

Anne married Stillman in 1901 and had four children.
In 1921, he filed for divorce accusing his wife of infidelity and saying that her youngest child was the son of a half-blood Indian guide from Quebec. She denied the charges and accused him of fathering a child with chorus girl Florence H. Leeds. Stillman later acknowledged his son with Leeds in 1926.
After five years, the court refused the divorce saying that he had misbehaved. His wife then filed for divorce but withdrew the contest after receiving a $500,000 necklace. They sailed to Europe to receive counseling from Carl Jung.
Fifi eventually divorced Stillman in 1931 and married Fowler McCormick, a man twenty years younger than her and a friend of her son, Bud. McCormick was the son of Edith Rockefeller, daughter of John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
- "Fifi was a stunning, vivacious redhead..."
- "Fifi was a strikin red-head, with a flirtatious manner..."


Monday, 18 April 2022

1426) Rose Mary Woods

Rose Mary Woods (1917 – 2005). Richard Nixon's secretary from his days in Congress in 1951, through the end of his political career. Before H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman became the operators of Nixon's presidential campaign, Woods was Nixon's gatekeeper.

Fiercely loyal to Nixon, Woods claimed responsibility in a 1974 grand jury testimony for inadvertently erasing up to five minutes of the 18 1⁄2 minute gap in a June 20, 1972, audio tape. Her demonstration of how this might have occurred was met with skepticism from those who believed the erasures, from whatever source, to be deliberate.
An expert analysis of the tapes, conducted in January 1974, revealed that there were four or five separate erasures. The contents of the gap remain unknown.
She is the only secretary to get her own Time magazine cover.
- "Rose was lovely, with red hair and creamy skin..."
- "Dr. John C. Lungren... remembered Rose as "red-haired, pretty and Irish-Catholic."
- "Her bright red hair an indecorous note against diaphanous dark dresses and serpentine boas."
- "Rose Mary Woods is in the first seat - the redheaded secretary... "


1425) Oleg Penkovsky

Oleg Vladimirovich Penkovsky (1919 – 1963). Soviet military intelligence colonel during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Penkovsky informed the United States and the United Kingdom about Soviet military secrets, most importantly, the appearance and footprint of Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missile installations and the weakness of the Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile program. This information was decisive in allowing the U.S. to recognize that the Soviets were placing missiles in Cuba before most of them were operational. It also gave U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during the Cuban Missile Crisis that followed, valuable information about Soviet weakness that allowed him to face down Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and resolve the crisis without a nuclear war.

Penkovsky was the highest-ranking Soviet official to provide intelligence for the West up until that time, and is one of several individuals credited with altering the course of the Cold War. He was arrested by the Soviets in October 1962, then tried and executed the following year.
- "On April 20, 1961, at 11 p.m. a trimly dressed foreign gentleman, handsome, red haired, and of medium height... made his way to an inconspicuous suite upstairs. Col. Oleg Penkovsky had his first face- to-face meeting with British and American intelligence officers..."
- "A taunt, straight-backed man with deep-set eyes and red hair flecked with grey walked in..."
- "... to identify the handsome mystery man of medium height and slightly graying red hair."
- "The man was of medium build, wearing a suit and tie, with reddish hair showing gray at the temples."


Friday, 31 December 2021

1424) Alexander Charles Vasa

Alexander Charles Vasa (1614 – 1634). Fifth son of King Sigismund III of Poland and his wife Constance of Austria.

During the election of 1632 he supported his brother Vladislaus IV Vasa. After his voyage to Italy and Germany in 1634, Alexander supported the movement for the war with Ottoman Empire, but died of smallpox before he had any significant influence on the events.


Sunday, 19 December 2021

1423) Marie Steiner-von Sivers

Marie Steiner-von Sivers (born Marie von Sivers, 1867 – 1948). Second wife of Rudolf Steiner and one of his closest colleagues. She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech and drama), and the editing and publishing of Rudolf Steiner's literary estate.

Marie von Sivers was born to an aristocratic family in Włocławek, Poland, then part of Imperial Russia. She was well-educated and was fluent in Russian, German, English, French and Italian. She studied theater and recitation with several teachers in Europe.

She "appeared one day" at one of Rudolf Steiner's early lectures in 1900. In the autumn of 1901, she posed the question to Steiner, "Would it be possible to create a spiritual movement based on European tradition and the impetus of Christ?" Rudolf Steiner later reported: "With this, I was given the opportunity to act in a way that I had only previously imagined. The question had been put to me, and now, according to spiritual laws, I could begin to answer it."

Marie von Sivers collaborated with Steiner for the rest of Steiner's life and carried his work beyond his death in 1925 until her own death in 1948.
Starting in 1912, Rudolf Steiner developed the art of eurythmy. With Marie's guidance, it developed in three directions: as a stage art, as an integral part of Waldorf pedagogy, and as a therapeutic method. Under her tutelage, two schools of eurythmy were founded, in Berlin and in Dornach, Switzerland.
At the momento we don't have written sources about her hair colour, but only the portrait below, attributed to the Dutch painter and illustrator Louise Alexandrine van Blommestein.




Wednesday, 8 December 2021

1422) Arlene Dahl

Arlene Carol Dahl (1925 – 2021). American actress active in films from the late 1940s. She had three children, the eldest of whom is actor Lorenzo Lamas.

She was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.

She worked for MGM, Eagle-Lion, Paramount, Universal and Columbia. She also worked in TV productions.

In 1952, Dahl began writing a syndicated beauty column and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie.

In 1953, on the set of the film Sangaree, Dahl met Fernando Lamas, whom she would marry the following year.

In 1956 she starred in the film noir Slightly Scarlet, alongside Rhonda Fleming, another red-haired star.


- "Moving to Hollywood, the cameras loved Dahl and audiences fell for her flaming red hair and trademark beauty spot."
- "With her titian-red hair, Arlene Dahl counts among the most attractive actresses of the motion picture city..."
- "She is forever known as one of the great beauties in motion pictures with her trademark red hair and for being paired with Hollywood’s most famous leading men."