Sunday, 18 November 2018

693) Mary Pyne

Mary Pyne (1894 - 1919). Wife of American poet and writer Harry Kemp. Like her husband, she was associated with the Provincetown Players.

- "Mary Pyne had gray-blue eyes and Titian red hair that was exquisitely set off against her pale skin."…

- "... it is dedicated 'To the Memory of Mary Pyne' and describes a bedside vigil beside a red-haired beloved."…

- "Mary Pyne, also connected to the Provincetown Players, had Titian red hair, gray-blue eyes... creamy skin and red lips."…

- "Even Kemp's wife, the red-haired Mary Pyne, acted in some of the early plays, her performance in Before Breakfast reportedly being her best."

Friday, 16 November 2018

692) Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; 1904 - 1977). American actress. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Crawford tenth on its list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Born of English, French Huguenot, Swedish, and Irish ancestry, in San Antonio, Texas, she began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, that of MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hard-working young women who find romance and success. These characters and stories were well received by Depression-era audiences, and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars, and one of the highest-paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money, and, by the end of the 1930s, she was labeled "box office poison". However, her career gradually improved in the early 1940s, and she made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She would go on to receive Best Actress nominations for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). Crawford continued to act in film and television throughout the 1950s and 1960s; she achieved box office success with the highly successful horror film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962), in which she starred alongside Bette Davis, her long-time rival.

- "Joan was a petite, freckle-faced redhead."

- "She was only five feet three, she had freckles, a mop of reddish hair, and broad, square shoulders, and she was a little heavy (a hundred and forty pounds) for her size."…/2011/01/03/escape-artist-david-…

- "As she blossomed into a beautiful teenager, with flame-red hair, expressive blue eyes and shapely legs, she soon attracted a different kind of attention."…/Joan-Crawford-used-body-contr…

- "Born Lucille LeSueur, the future star’s natural complexion featured freckles and red hair."…/joan-crawford-makeup-iconi…/

- "Beyond being, well, bitter, Peychaud’s red hue is a tribute to her naturally red hair..."…/the-bittersweet-joan-celebrates…

- "Years later, Fitzgerald would cross paths with another red-headed woman, Joan Crawford..."…

Sunday, 11 November 2018

691) Natacha Rambova

Natacha Rambova (born Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy; 1897 – 1966). American film costume designer and set designer, and occasional actress who was active in Hollywood in the 1920s. In her later life, she abandoned design to pursue other interests, specifically Egyptology, a subject on which she became a published scholar in the 1950s.
Born into a prominent Mormon family in Salt Lake City, Rambova was raised in San Francisco and educated in England before beginning her career as a dancer, performing under Russian ballet choreographer Theodore Kosloff in New York City. She relocated to Los Angeles at age 19, where she became an established costume designer for Hollywood film productions. It was there she became acquainted with actor Rudolph Valentino, with whom she had a two-year marriage from 1923 to 1925.
Rambova has been noted by fashion and art historians for her unique costume designs that drew on and synthesized a variety of influences, as well as her dedication to historical accuracy in crafting them. Academics have also cited her interpretive contributions to the field of Egyptology as significant.

- "Natacha was a stunning beauty. She kept her auburn hair long, parted in the middle, wrapped and tied with turbans and headbands."…/natacha-rambova-portrait…

- "She is a tall thin person who wears a handsome turban over braided coils of red-brown hair."

Detail from the portrait of Natasha Rambova by Svetoslav Roerich, 1926,

Friday, 9 November 2018

690) Jacob Tonson

Jacob Tonson, sometimes referred to as Jacob Tonson the elder (1655–1736). Eighteenth-century English bookseller and publisher.
Tonson published editions of John Dryden and John Milton, and is best known for having obtained a copyright on the plays of William Shakespeare by buying up the rights of the heirs of the publisher of the Fourth Folio after the Statute of Anne went into effect. He was also the founder of the famous Kit-Cat Club.

- "Dryden described Tonson thus, in lines written under his portrait, and afterwards printed in Faction Displayed (1705):
With leering looks, bull-faced, and freckled fair;
With two left legs, and Judas-coloured hair,
And frowzy pores, that taint the ambient air

(Portrait of Tonson
by the artist Sir Godfrey Kneller)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

689) Antonio Sant'Elia

Antonio Sant'Elia (1888 – 1916). Italian architect and key member of the Futurist movement in architecture. He left behind almost no completed works of architecture and is primarily remembered for his bold sketches and influence on modern architecture.

- "Magro, bello, i capelli rossi tirati all'indietro..." [Slender, handsome, his red hair drawn back...…/santelia-corbusier-e-metropolis-…

- "Era bello, alto, con capelli rossi ricci." [He was handsome, tall, with curly red hair.]…/

- "... che piace alle donne con quei suoi capelli rossi da Rosso Malpelo..." [... women love him, with his red hair as Rosso Malpelo...]…/

Saturday, 3 November 2018

688) Margherita Sarfatti

Margherita Sarfatti (born Grassini,1880 – 1961). Italian journalist, art critic, patron, collector, socialite, a prominent propaganda adviser of the National Fascist Party. She was Benito Mussolini's biographer as well as one of his mistresses.
She was the daughter of Amedeo Grassini and Emma Levi. Amedeo was a wealthy Jewish lawyer and businessman. He was a fiscal attorney for the Venetian government and a close friend of Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, later Pope Pius X.
In 1911, Margherita Sarfatti met Benito Mussolini and started a relationship with him. After losing her husband in 1924, she wrote a biography of Mussolini. This was first published in 1925 in Britain under the title The Life of Benito Mussolini; it was published the following year in Italy with the title Dux. Because of the fame of Mussolini and the author's familiarity with the dictator, the book was a success. Seventeen editions were printed and it was translated into 18 languages.

- "Attractive and green-eyed, with auburn hair, at eighteen she maried a Jewish lawyer forteen years her senior."…

- "The lovely girl with red hair and green eyes and insatiable curiosity was raised in a protected setting and surrounded by love..."…
- "Ad attenderla trovava Antonio Fogazzaro, che amava sentire quella piccina dai capelli rossi recitare accanto agli affreschi del Tiepolo. [She would find Antionio Fogazzaro waiting for her. He loved hearing the little red-haired girl reciting near Tiepolo's frescoes.]"

- "Fin da ragazza affascina per la sua bellezza fuori dell’ordinario, con quegli occhi grigio-verdi e i capelli color rame, e attira il suo temperamento ribelle, insofferente al perbenismo borghese. [She charmes people since she was a teenager because of her beauty out of the ordinary, with her gray-blue eyes and copper hair. And she appeals with her rebel temperament, intolerant to bourgeois respectability.]"…/margherita-sarfatt…

Friday, 2 November 2018

687) Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning (born Elaine Marie Catherine Fried, 1918 – 1989). American Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era. She wrote extensively on the art of the period and was an editorial associate for Art News magazine. On December 9, 1943, she married painter Willem de Kooning.

- "As a man, he lover her vibrancy, wit, social grace, but most especially her thick red hair and yes, her long American legs."…

- "... her petite five-foot, five-inch frame, accented by her auburn hair, sparkling brown eyes and lipstick-lined mouth..."…

- "“She had such beautiful hair,” Willem de Kooning said about the 20-year-old, Flatbush-born Elaine Marie Fried [...] And that thick, reddish brown hair is a prominent feature in the absorbing and historically valuable exhibition “Elaine de Kooning Portrayed”..."…/elaine-de-kooning-portrayed-a…/

- "... the white plastic daisies on bobby pins that held her red hair away from her face..."…

"Portrait of Elaine de Kooning" by Alex Katz, 1965.

"Self Portrait" by Elaine de Kooning.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

686) Red Ingle

Ernest Jansen "Red" Ingle (1906 – 1965). American musician, singer and songwriter, arranger, cartoonist and caricaturist. He is best known for his comedy records with Spike Jones and his own Natural Seven sides for Capitol.

- "Like his older sister Nita, young Ernest inherited his mother's bright red hair. As with everything else in his life, Ingle's lifelong nickname came naturally."…

685) Elise Furer Musser

Elise Musser (née Furer, 1877-1967). Swiss-born American politician.
She represented the United States at an international peace conference in Buenos Aires (1936) and the International Conference of American States in Lima (1938). She was a state senator, Salt Lake County recorder, a trustee of Utah State Agricultural College (now University), and a leader of Utah war relief efforts for Europe during World War II. Mrs. Musser was also a member of the Utah Unemployment Commission during the depression of the 1930s, a Democratic National Committeewoman, and a crusader for child welfare.

- "Soft-spoken, red-haired, and determined..."…

Monday, 22 October 2018

684) Flora MacDonald

Flora Isabel MacDonald (1926 – 2015). Canadian politician and humanitarian. Canada's first female foreign minister, she was also one of the first women to vie for leadership of a major Canadian political party, the Progressive Conservatives. She became a close ally of Prime Minister Joe Clark, serving in his cabinet from 1979 to 1980, as well as in the cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from 1984 to 1988. In her later life, she was known for her humanitarian work abroad. The City of Ottawa recognised MacDonald on July 11, 2018 by naming a new bicycle and footbridge (opening 2019) over the Rideau Canal the Passerelle Flora Footbridge.

- "... she stuck out among male MPs with her red hair, ready tongue and taste for wearing her clan tartan."…/Flora-Macdonald-politician-ob…

- "With her fair skin, red hair and prominent chin, MacDonald seemed an exotic creature in a lobby full of Nigerians."…

Sunday, 21 October 2018

683) John Blair, Jr.

 John Blair Jr. (1732 – 1800). American politician, Founding Father and jurist.
John Blair was one of the best-trained jurists of his day. A famous legal scholar, he avoided the tumult of state politics, preferring to work behind the scenes. But he was devoted to the idea of a permanent union of the newly independent states and loyally supported fellow Virginians James Madison and George Washington at the Constitutional Convention. His greatest contribution as a Founding Father came not in Philadelphia, but later as a judge on the Virginia court of appeals and on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he influenced the interpretation of the Constitution in a number of important decisions. Contemporaries praised Blair for such personal strengths as gentleness and benevolence, and for his ability to penetrate immediately to the heart of a legal question.
- "In appearance John Blair was about five feet ten inches in height, of an erect and imposing stature, with a full forehead, blue eyes, and a well-formed nose; hair inclining to be red, and an expression of sweetness and gravity which adhered to him through life."…
- "... surmonted by a bald forehead fringed with scanty locks of red hair, which fell over his ears.…

Saturday, 20 October 2018

682) Sally Fairfax

Sally Cary Fairfax (c.1730 – 1811). Wife of George William Fairfax (1729–1787), a prominent member of the landed gentry of late colonial Virginia. As such, she was mistress of the Virginia plantation and estate of Belvoir. She is well-remembered for being the woman George Washington was apparently in love with just before his marriage to Martha Dandridge Custis.

- "Sally was expert in dancing, and she dressed expensively, her auburn hair coiffed beautifully by her attendant."
- "This girl, only seventeen, with head of red-brown hair, great intelligent eyes shaded by long, thick lashes, long rounded throat and beautifully modelled hands, arms and shoulders, had an intellect which far surpassed her husband's."

681) Albrecht von Wallenstein

Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (1583 – 1634), also von Waldstein. Bohemian military leader and nobleman who gained prominence during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648), in the Catholic side. His outstanding martial career made him one of the most influential men in the Holy Roman Empire by the time of his death. Wallenstein became the supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand II and was a major figure of the Thirty Years' War.
An imperial generalissimo by land, and Admiral of the Baltic Sea from 21 April 1628, Wallenstein found himself released from service on 13 August 1630 after Ferdinand grew wary of his ambition. Several Protestant victories over Catholic armies induced Ferdinand to recall Wallenstein, who then defeated the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus at Alte Veste and killed him at Lützen. Dissatisfied with the Emperor's treatment of him, Wallenstein considered allying with the Protestants. However, he was assassinated at Eger in Bohemia by one of the army's officials, with the emperor's approval.

- "Wallenstein was tall, thin and pale, with reddish hair, and eyes of remarkable brilliancy. He was of a proud and imperious temper, and was seldom seen to laugh."

- "He was tall, thin and pale, with red hair and eyes that were described as remarkably piercing."…

- "He was reputedly thin, with a pale complexion and short red hair."…/uplo…/2016/06/singer20030301.pdf

Monday, 8 October 2018

680) Susan Langstaff Mitchell

Susan Langstaff Mitchell (1866 – 1926). Irish writer and poet, known for her satirical verse. She was a friend of the Yeats family and John B. Yeats painted the portrait you can see below. She worked as a journalist and became assistant editor of the Irish Homestead and from 1923 she was sub-editor at the Irish Statesman.

- "The Titian-haired beauty, Susan L. Mitchell, described by W. B. Yeats as 'the nearest approach they have to a true poet', was friend of Lily Yeats, Seumas O'Sullivan and Constance Markiewicz."

- "She grew up a beautiful girl with curly red hair..."…

Thursday, 4 October 2018

679) James Webb

James Charles Napier Webb (1946 – 1980). Scottish historian and biographer. He is remembered primarily for his books The Harmonious Circle, The Occult Underground and The Occult Establishment.
In 1980 his important biography of G. I. Gurdjieff, titled The Harmonious Circle, was published. He spent 8 years researching the book, making contacts with the Gurdjieff community worldwide. The New York Review of Books described Webb's research and knowledge of the subject as "extremely comprehensive" and Mistlberger described the book as "scholarly and occasionally gossipy" with Webb being "unquestionably a sincere researcher" who became "deeply involved in the matter of his subject" while remaining "fundamentally an outsider, an investigative journalist". Tamdgidi wrote that, amongst all the biographers of Gurdjieff, "only Webb claimed to have been independent and outside the circle of Gurdjieff's followers", and in 2004, in Inventors of Gurdjieff, Paul Beekman Taylor described The Harmonious Circle as "the first systematic biographical account by a writer who hadn't known Gurdjieff personally". Webb established that Gurdjieff's writings revealed substantial evidence of familiarity with the languages and cultures of central Asia, but Webb regarded Gurdjieff more as a self-taught innovator than a member of an esoteric Asiatic group, and, although seeing some of its forms having derived from Asia, saw the content of his teachings deriving from western occult traditions.

- "He was red-haired and very Scottish-looking."…/uploads/…/05/The-Occult-Webb.pdf

- "The reaction brought up with it from the depth of memory the visual image of a tall, spare young figure eight years back, red hair flaring in the sea wind..."…/an-appreciation-of-jam…

Sunday, 23 September 2018

678) Robert Kelso Cassatt

Robert Kelso Cassatt (1873–1944). Son of Alexander Johnston Cassatt (brother of the painter Mary Cassatt).

Portrait of Master Robert Kelso Cassatt

Portrait of Alexander J. Cassatt and His Son Robert Kelso Cassatt

Robert and His Sailboat

677) Lydia Cassatt

Lydia Cassatt (1837 - 1882). Sister of the painter Mary Cassatt.

- "Her only legacy was her image, of a fresh-faced woman with a strong jaw and reddish-blond hair, in Cassatt's paintings, like ''Woman Reading'' and ''The Cup of Tea.''…/a-voice-out-of-the-silence-imagin…


Lydia at a Tapestry Loom

At the Theater

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge

Thursday, 20 September 2018

676) Horace Robertson

Lieutenant General Sir Horace Clement Hugh Robertson, (1894 – 1960). Senior officer in the Australian Army who served in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. He was one of the first graduates of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, to reach the ranks of major general and lieutenant general.

- "Horace was nicknamed "Red Robbie" by his fellow schoolboys after his hair colour, in contrast to his older brother John, or "Black Robbie".

- "... and in the next few days comments by a 'sunburnt, red-headed Australian Brigadier' hit the headlines of the British press."…

- "A career soldier trained at Duntroon, the general was known as Red Robbie, not because of his politics but rather his shock of flaming red hair."…

675) Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston (1865 – 1917) also known as Fighting Fred Funston. General in the United States Army, best known for his roles in the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Philippine–American War.

- "His shock of red hair hinted at the explosive temper concealed by his dapper outward appearance."…

- "However, the City’s salvation already was under way. It started when the quake unceremoniously dumped a feisty red headed little general named Frederick Funston out of his bed in his home at 1310 Washington Street."

- "He was in his mid-forties and had red hair that was starting to gray at the edges."…

- "MacArthur and his host presented a striking contrast. Funston, 15 years older, was carrying much more weight on his 5’5’’ frame than in his youth, and his red hair and Van Dyke had gone gray."…