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."…

Saturday, 8 September 2018

674) Josiah Royce

Josiah Royce (1855 – 1916). American objective idealist philosopher and the founder of American idealism.
Royce stands out starkly in the philosophical crowd because he was the only major American philosopher who spent a significant period of his life studying and writing history, specifically of the American West. “As one of the four giants in American philosophy of his time […] Royce overshadowed himself as historian, in both reputation and output” (Pomeroy, 2). During his first three years at Harvard, Royce taught many different subjects such as English composition, forensics, psychology and philosophy for other professors. Although he eventually settled into writing philosophy, his early adulthood was characterized by wide-ranging interests, during which he wrote a novel, investigated paranormal phenomena (as a skeptic), and published a significant body of literary criticism. Only as historian and philosopher did he distinguish himself. 

- "When the University of California, in 1873, first opened its doors on the Berkeley campus, one of its entering students was a red-haired youth who had prepared for college in the San Francisco schools..."…/bio…/memoir-pdfs/royce-josiah.pdf

- "As for Royce's red hair, it was much remarked on during his lifetime."…

- "He was a sickly boy, short, freckled, with wild red hair; his mother did not allow him to play with the other children in the community."

- "He had a colossal head, with great bulging temples. crowned with a shock of red hair."…

673) Sally Fairchild

Sally Fairchild (1869 - 1960). Daughter of Charles Fairchild and Elizabeth "Lilly" Nelson. She made quite an impression on some very famous people of that era. There are descriptions of her by George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, the Fabian leader Beatrice Webb, and the Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry. Shaw took several photographs of her and corresponded with her for many years. She also gave a young Ethel Barrymore a letter of introduction to Shaw.

- "John Singer Sargent was a great friend, and painted many pictures of Sally, who had lovely red hair. Red hair fascinated Sargent."…/slideSingle.asp…

- "Sally’s portrait shows us the striking and self-assured woman Sargent captured that summer in Nahant. Her auburn hair and deep brown eyes..."

Portrait by J. S. Sargent

Sketch by J. S. Sargent

Sketch by J. S. Sargent

672) Billie Burke

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (1884 – 1970). American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Burke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper film series. Her high-pitched, wavering, aristocratic voice was her trademark, which made her a frequent choice to play dim-witted, spoiled society types.
Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932.
She was born Mary Burke, the daughter of William "Billy" Burke and Blanche (née Beatty; 1844–1921), in Washington, D.C. She toured the United States and Europe with her father, who was a singer and clown and worked for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. 

On November 4, 2015, a crater near the north pole of the planet Mercury was named after her.

- "However, she was best remembered for her distinctive red hair."…/20-facts-about-ozs-bewitchin…

- "He was of Irish descent, with red hair, blue eyes and a fine singing voice."…/billie-burke-dead-movie-comedienn…

- "Standing out with her red hair and good comedic timing, Burke soon made her back to the United States and on to Broadway in My Wife (1907)."

 - "He [Mark Twain] would shake that beautiful shock of snowy white hair and lean his wonderful head against mine to say 'Billie, we redheads have to stick together'"…

671) Dick Foran

John Nicholas "Dick" Foran (1910 – 1979). American actor, known for his performances in western musicals and for playing supporting roles in dramatic pictures.

- "Foran, who stood 6-foot-2 and had red hair..."

- "A man of rugged, athletic build, Mr. Foran had curly red hair and stood six feet, three inches tall."…/dick-foran-singing-actor-dies-was…

- "In mid 1942, Carole started dating Dick Foran, the handsome red-haired actor."

670) LaVerne Andrews

LaVerne Sophia Andrews (1911 - 1967). Eldest sister of the close harmony singing group Andrews Sisters. She was a contralto, her sister Maxene Anglyn a soprano and the other sister Patricia Marie a mezzo-soprano. Throughout their career, the sisters sold over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.
The sisters were born to Peter Andreos (anglicized to "Andrews" upon arriving in the US) and Olga (née Sollie); their father was Greek and their mother a Norwegian-American of the Lutheran faith. Patty, the youngest and the lead singer of the group, was 7 when the group was formed, and 12 when they won first prize at a talent contest at the local Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, where LaVerne played piano accompaniment for the silent film showings in exchange for free dancing lessons for herself and her sisters.

- "Blonde Patty was the lively melodic leader, engulfed by the warm harmonies of auburn-haired contralto LaVerne and brunette soprano Maxene."

- "Finally, completing the trio was the eldest, LaVerne, a strong willed red head with a witty sense of humor and an eye for fashion."…/the-andrew-sisters…/

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

669) Nora Barnacle

Nora Barnacle (1884 – 1951). Muse and wife of Irish author James Joyce.

- "Nora, who used to hang about Galway with her wild red hair lost in the wind."…

- "... I already learned about Joyce's "great love" (though he apparently fell in love with someone else later), Nora Barnacle, the beautiful redhead he saw one day on the streets of Dublin."…/lucia-joyce/

- "This was where, in 1904, James Joyce met his future wife, the red-haired Galway girl, Nora Barnacle, and asked her for a date."

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

668) Kathleen Byron

Kathleen Elizabeth Fell (1921 – 2009), known professionally as Kathleen Byron. British actress of stage, screen and television.

- "Among the beneficiaries are two red-haired actresses, respectively former and current lovers of director Michael Powell, Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron."…/Jack-Cardiff-and-B…/83/457/31569

- "I notice that, in contrast to Hitchcock, as a director you seem fascinated by red-haired women in your films - Kathleen Byron, Pamela Brown, Maxine Audley and Moira Shearer, to name a few."

667) Pamela Brown

Pamela Mary Brown (1917 – 1975). English stage and film actress.

- "I notice that, in contrast to Hitchcock, as a director you seem fascinated by red-haired women in your films - Kathleen Byron, Pamela Brown, Maxine Audley and Moira Shearer, to name a few."

- "He had wanted Brown's red hair."…/cinema-a-genius-without-a-j…

666) Lisa Kirk

Lisa Kirk (born Elsie Kirk, 1925 – 1990). American actress and singer noted for her comic talents and rich contralto (her voice was called a husky alto).
Kirk may be best known for her role in the original Broadway production of Cole Porter's musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Bloom and Vlastnik wrote in their compendium titled Broadway Musicals: the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time that Kirk "hit the jackpot again", introducing "Why Can't You Behave" and "Always True to You (in My Fashion)". Another popular number was the upbeat "Tom, Dick or Harry", performed with Harold Lang as Lucentio, Edwin Clay as Gremio and Charles Wood as Hortensio (suitors to Kirk's "Bianca"). Lewis Nichols writes: "Having startled the town last season by singing 'The Gentleman is a Dope' as though she meant it, Miss Kirk is captivating ... this year as a fully accredited hoyden with a sense of humor."

- "She had a beautiful figure, was tall with red hair, was talented and lively."…

- "As a child she was teased by the kids in Roscoe because of her red hair and freckles and buck teeth."…/…/regional/s_603694.html

- "Lisa tucked her long red hair under a short, curly wig..."…

665) Frank Borzage

Frank Borzage (1894 – 1962). American film director and actor, most remembered for directing 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), Man's Castle (1933), and The Mortal Storm (1940).
Borzage was a successful director throughout the 1920s but reached his peak in the late silent and early sound era. Absorbing visual influences from the German director F.W. Murnau, who was also resident at Fox at this time, he developed his own style of lushly visual romanticism in a hugely successful series of films starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, including 7th Heaven (1927), for which he won the first Academy Award for Best Director, Street Angel (1928) and Lucky Star (1929). He won a second Oscar for 1931's Bad Girl.

- "Mr. Borzage is a ridiculously youn person with curly red-brown hair and an ingratiating smile. [...] A boyish, red-hair figure calling 'Good-night people!' Chorus in response 'Good-night, Mr. Borzage!'"…

664) Elisabeth Flickenschildt

Elisabeth Ida Marie Flickenschildt (1905 – 1977). German actress, producer and author. She appeared in dozens of German language films and television productions between 1935–1976.
A street, Elisabeth-Flickenschildt-Straße, was named for her in Spandau, Berlin.

- "With thick red hair and standing nearly six feet tall, her presence onstage could be imposing."…/Flickenschildt%2C_El…

- "Red-haired, husky-voiced and sharp-featured German character actress, a preeminent figure on stage and screen from the 1930's to the 60's."

Monday, 3 September 2018

663) Margaret Livingston

Margaret Livingston (born Marguerite Livingston; 1895 – 1984). American film actress and businesswoman, most notable for her work during the silent film era. She was sometimes credited as Marguerite or Margaret Livingstone. She remains best known today as "the Woman from the City" in F.W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (starring also George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor).
Livingston was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Livingston, a Scottish immigrant, and Eda Livingston (née Frome), from Stockholm, Sweden.

- "Margaret is of Swedish and Scotch descent. She is 5 feet, 3 1/2 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds. Her hair is auburn..."…/Fichier:Margaret_Livingston_Star…

- "Paul finally met the auburn-haired actress in early January 1929."…

- "The auburn-haired, blue-eyed girl had no stage experience when she broke into films..."…

Sunday, 2 September 2018

662) Pat Nixon

Thelma Catherine "Pat" Nixon (née Ryan; 1912 – 1993). American educator and the wife of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. During her more than 30 years in public life, she served as both the Second (1953–1961) and First Lady of the United States (1969–1974).

- "With her red gold hair and her beauty, her daughter writes, she was offered a chance to act in a movie, which she turned down.…/books/bk-103_1_pat-nixon

- "With her high cheekbones, auburn hair and slim silhouette, Pat looked like she was in her thirties..."…

- "This time it was a twenty-six-year-old schoolteacher, blessed with golde-red hair and film-star looks, Thelma Ryan..."…

- "From the moment he saw her, Dick could not take his eyes away from the girl with “titian-colored” tresses, a phrase he and his relatives would use always to describe Pat’s red-gold hair."…/pat-nixon.html

661) Arleen Whelan

Arleen Whelan (1916 – 1993). American film actress. She appeared in 25 films between 1937 and 1957, reportedly after 20th Century Fox director H. Bruce Humberstone saw Whelan working as a manicurist in a barbershop. After her screen test the studio cast Whelan as the female lead in a film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped (1938).

- "Auburn-haired Arleen Whelan was born in Salt Lake City, but spent her early childhood in Pueblo, Colorado..."

- "Known for her beauty and auburn hair, she was born in Salt Lake City..."…

660) Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; 1906 – 1984). American film, stage and television actress and painter.
By 1927, Gaynor was one of Hollywood's leading ladies. Her image was that of a sweet, wholesome, and pure young woman who was notable for playing her roles with depth and sensitivity. Her performances in 7th Heaven (directed by Frank Borzage), the first of 12 films she would make with actor Charles Farrell; Sunrise, directed by F. W. Murnau and Street Angel (directed again by Borzage), also with Charles Farrell, earned her the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929, when for the first and only time the award was granted for multiple roles, on the basis of total recent work rather than for one particular performance. This practice was prohibited three years later by a new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rule. Gaynor was not only the first actress to win the award, but at 22, was also the youngest until 1986, when deaf actress Marlee Matlin, 21, won for her role in Children of a Lesser God.
Gaynor was one of only a handful of established lead actresses who made a successful transition to sound films. In 1929, she was reteamed with Charles Farrell (the pair was known as "America's favorite love birds") for the musical film Sunny Side Up. During the early 1930s, Gaynor was one of Fox's most popular actresses and one of Hollywood's biggest box office draws; in 1931 and 1932, she and Marie Dressler were tied as the number-one draw. After Dressler's death in 1934, Gaynor held the top spot alone. She was often cited as a successor to Mary Pickford, and was cast in remakes of two Pickford films, Daddy Long Legs (1931) and Tess of the Storm Country (1932).

- "Miss Gaynor captivated audiences with her red-haired beauty and portrayals of elegant but vulnerable women."…/0c900734-45e8-4fa0-9aae-…/…

- " As it began I beheld its star, an incredibly beautiful woman with tightly curled auburn hair and large, expressive brown eyes. Something about her was more than a little familiar and I took a peek at the TV book. It was then that I learned her name – Janet Gaynor. "

659) Bessie Eyton

Bessie Eyton (1890 – 1965). American actress of the silent era. She appeared in some 200 films between 1911 and 1925. From 1910 to 1918, the period when the majority of her films were made, she was under contract to Selig Polyscope Company.

- "Red-haired beauty Bessie Eyton, a newcomer to the Selig organization, played Carrots in Rankin's 49."…

- "Bessie Eyton, the auburn-haired beauty of the motion-picture world..."…/sweethearts/chap5.htm

- "In the 1910 she was visiting the Selig Film studios with a party of friends, when a director saw and liked her red hair because he said it would photograph a beautiful black..."

658) Alice Howell

Alice Howell (1886 – 1961). Silent film comedy actress from New York City.
Early reviews of her movies describe her as the scream of the screen. One reviewer likened her to a "sort of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and Max Linder." All of this was compressed into "one more or less diminutive package of femininity." She was sometimes called "the girl Charlie Chaplin." She worked for Mack Sennett and later L-KO Kompany and her early comedies were often produced by Universal Pictures.

- "Her image was quite unique; piled-up frizzy red hair and a permanently surprised expression made look rather like a manic doll."
- "Of Irish stock, Alice was red-haired and feisty."

- "She seemed to me to be a loving, red-haired grandmother-business-woman with a lively sense of humor."…

657) Billy Bevan

Billy Bevan (born William Bevan Harris, 1887 – 1957). Australian-born vaudevillian, who became an American film actor. He appeared in 254 American films between 1916 and 1950.

- "With a height of 5'8", a weight of 185 pounds, auburn hair and brown eyes..."…

656) Nancy Carroll

Nancy Carroll (born Ann Veronica Lahiff, 1903 – 1965). American actress of Irish parentage. She began her acting career in Broadway musicals. She became a successful actress in "talkies" because her musical background enabled her to play in movie musicals of the 1930s. Her film debut was in Ladies Must Dress in 1927.

- "Nancy Carroll was a red-haired, wide-eyed movie queen of the 1920s and early 1930s."…/star-walk/nancy-carroll/

- "Bubbly and button-cute, Nancy was a red-haired former chorus girl who was making it big in the early sound era."…

- "She missed out on great roles that could have helped her career, often because with her red hair, beautiful blue eyes and round face, she was too "cute" to be considered for serious, dramatic parts."…/images-of-nancy-carroll.h…

- "This red-haired, cupid-bow-mouthed star entertained movie audiences during the 1930s mouthed star gained a large fan following with her singing and dancing abilities."

655) Wade Boteler

Wade Boteler (1888 – 1943). American film actor. He appeared in more than 430 films between 1919 and 1943. He was born in Santa Ana, California, and died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack.

- "Red-haired and burly, with a pugnaciously dignified face and a crisply authoritative but pleasant voice that he could easily embellish with a convincing Irish brogue, Wade Boteler spent much of his movie career playing policemen of ranks."

- "Born in Santa Ana, California, 6'0", 180 punds, with red hair and blue eyes..."…

654) Grace Cunard

Grace Cunard (born Harriet Mildred Jeffries,1893 – 1967). American actress, screenwriter and film director. Her sister was actress Mina Cunard.
In an era when the fledgling film industry saw actors and other film studio personnel frequently pitch in to do multiple tasks, Cunard was no exception, and wrote close to one hundred screenplays. As well, between 1914 and 1921, she directed 11 films and produced two others. With age, her career shifted to leads in B-movies and secondary roles or bit parts in others. Nonetheless, she worked regularly until the mid-1940s, mostly at her home studio, Universal.

- "Just 5′4″ with auburn hair and green eyes, she was athletic and fearless, and insisted on doing her own stunts though it occasionally landed her in the hospital."…/enc…/cunard-grace-c-1891-1967

- "Teamed with Grace Cunard - his red-haired, green-eyed leading lady, co-writer and lover - ..."…

- "... Grace Cunard was five feet four inches, 120 pounds with auburn hair and dark gray eyes."…

- "Grace Cunard, née Harriet Mildred Jeffries, born April 8, 1893, was five-foot-four, with red hair and grey eyes."…/fe…/brother-feeney-francis-ford/

653) Gladys Brockwell

Gladys Brockwell (born Gladys Lindeman, 1894 – 1929). American actress whose career began during the silent film era.
By the mid-1920s she was past the age of thirty and although still given top female billing, Brockwell performed mainly in supporting roles. Regarded as one of the finest character actresses of the day who not only adapted to the new talkies but excelled in them, her first appearance in a "talkie" came in 1928 in Lights of New York. Her performance received strong reviews at the time of the film's release and as well by present-day critics of the preserved film.

- "She was striking rather than beautiful, with large, dark eyes and strong brows, a large nose, a determined chin and red hair."…