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.

Friday, 17 May 2019

784) Wendell Hall

Wendell Woods Hall (1896 – 1969). American country singer, vaudeville artist, songwriter, pioneer radio performer, Victor recording artist and ukulele player.
Hall was known as the Red-haired Music Maker and the Pineapple Picador in his recording heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1923, he released the song "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'," which sold over two million copies in the United States. The song is also considered the first musical hit on radio. He wrote "Underneath the Mellow Moon" and "Carolina Rose". Hall also wrote songs with Carson Robison and Art Gillham.
He performed on a variety of stringed instruments, including the standard ukulele, the taropatch ukulele, banjo, and the hybrid banjolele, as well as the tiple.
On June 4, 1924, Hall married Marion Martin. The wedding was performed live on the radio, believed to be the first broadcast ceremony in history.

- "As dealers were gathering, a shabbily dressed, red-haired Hall arrived..."…

- "They had their own brand name too though, and like the other manufacturers of the time Regal Ukuleles were "endorsed" but the stars of the day with some like Wendell Hall having their own signature models including the Red Head - Hall had red hair."

- "Buttressed by the kind of isibility Hall had gained, the company tied his bright red hair to their product..."…

- "Wendall Hall was a popular singer, songwriter and vaudeville performer the 1920s whose bright red hair earned him the title of the Red Headed Music Maker."…/c-1927-soprano-regal-ukul…

- "Evidently, he had flaming red hair, so the ukulele was called the "Red Head".…/regal-wendell-hall-red-head-uk…

Saturday, 11 May 2019

783) Julie Harris

Julie Harris (born Julia Ann Harris, 1925 – 2013). American actress renowned for classical and contemporary stage work that brought her five "best actress in a play" Tony Awards.
She appeared in a film version in 1955 and the director Elia Kazan cast her opposite James Dean in East of Eden. After a lull in the quality of motion pictures she had parts in, the '60s saw Harris give acclaimed performances in classic films, including The Haunting, and what is sometimes considered the screen role that allowed her to best display her talents Reflections in a Golden Eye, in which she played opposite Marlon Brando. Known for her attention to preparation and research, Harris's superb intonation and phrasing gave her a pleasing silvery voice. A rare method acting star actress, she won Tony awards for The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), and The Belle of Amherst (1977). She also won three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1952 film The Member of the Wedding.
She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979, received the National Medal of Arts in 1994, and the 2002 Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.

- "The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated for a whopping total of ten Tony awards and was a Sarah Siddons Award recipient for her work on the Chicago stage..."

- "For the role Julia had cut off her red hair to look like a scrubbing brush..."…

- "Slim, red-haired, physically graceful though not especially athletic, she had the aura of delicacy but was not a mesmerizing beauty."…/julie-harris-celebrated-actress-o…

- "She was dressed in a tight black outfit, her long red hair flowing."…/julie-harris-a-devoted-…/

- "Red-haired and slim with dainty features, Ms. Harris was hardly a conventional beauty, and her seemingly plain quality was matched by her humility when interviewed."…/071b701e-0d99-11e3-85b6-d2…

Thursday, 9 May 2019

782) Billy Bremner

Billy Bremner (1942-1997). Scottish professional footballer. Captained Leeds United during their most successful period. Famed for his dynamism and bright red hair. Winner of the league title twice, two Fairs Cups, the FA Cup and the League Cup. Capped by Scotland 54 times.

(Leeds United legend Billy Bremner
with his trademark red hair)

Saturday, 4 May 2019

781) Burgess Meredith

Oliver Burgess Meredith (1907 – 1997). American actor, director, producer, and writer. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called "a virtuosic actor" and "one of the most accomplished actors of the century". A lifetime member of the Actors Studio by invitation, he won several Emmy. He was the first male actor to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
He established himself as a leading man in Hollywood with critically acclaimed performances as George Milton in Of Mice and Men (1939), Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), and the narrator of A Walk in the Sun (1945).
Meredith was known later in his career for his appearances on The Twilight Zone and for portraying arch-villain The Penguin on the 1960s TV series Batman and boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky film series. For his performances in The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky (1976), he received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He was a descendant of the house of Howard through Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII.

- "Burgess Meredith, red-headed dynamo of the stage and screen..."…

- "... Burgess Meredith, his red hair aflame in the brilliant sun of a beautiful Indian summer day.…

Monday, 29 April 2019

780) Clarence Shepard Day, Jr. and his family

Clarence Shepard Day, Sr. (1844-1927, stockbroker), Lavinia Day (born Stockwell,1852-1929) and their sons Clarence Shepard Day, Jr. (1874 – 1935, writer), George Parmly (founder of the Yale University Press), Whitney and Harlan.
Lavinia Day's four brothers Brutus, Levi, Alden and Norris Stockwell.
Clarence Day, Jr,'s most famous work is the autobiographical Life with Father (1935), which detailed humorous episodes in his family's life, centering on his domineering father, during the 1890s in New York City. Scenes from the book, along with its 1932 predecessor, God and My Father, and its 1937 sequel, Life with Mother, published posthumously, were the basis for the 1939 play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which became one of Broadway's longest-running non-musical hits. In 1947—the year the play ended on Broadway—William Powell and Irene Dunne portrayed Day's parents in the film of the same name, which received Oscar nominations for cinematography, art direction, musical score and best actor (Powell). Life with Father also became a popular 1953–1955 television sitcom.

- "We all had red hair, and got angry in a second, but in a minute or two it was over."

- "... he had a club foot and I had about the brightest red hair a boy could have. There was red hair on both sides of my family [...] Then my little brothers, one by one, started coming to school too, and they were all red-headed."…

- "All four brothers were lively by nature--athletic, red-headed men... Father was athletic and lively, and he had red hair too.... If Mother had ever heard of this she wouldn't have waited a second, she'd have pinned a big hat on her own wavy red hair right away,"

Clarence Shepard Day, Jr.

Clarence Shepard Day, Sr.

779) Pearl Bergoff

Pearl Louis Bergoff (1876 – 1947). American strikebreaker, the most notable professional strikebreaker of the mid-1930s.

- "During this time, Bergoff assumed the title 'Red Demon', which, he claimed to the Post, came from 'my red hair and reputation in strikes'".…

- "Last week in Manhattan, red-headed Strikebreaker Bergoff told the National Labor Relations Board some of the things..."…/mag…/article/0,9171,757061,00.html

- "Newspapers, however, dubbed him the “Red Demon,” because of the bright-red hair he usually kept covered under a jet-black derby, and because of his malevolence as a “labor adjustor.”

Sunday, 28 April 2019

778) Kenneth Tobey

Kenneth Jesse Tobey (1917 – 2002). American stage, film, and television actor, who performed in hundreds of productions during a career that spanned more than half a century, including his role as the star of the 1957-1960 Desilu Productions TV series Whirlybirds.

- "In that film, Tobey—with his naturally red hair on display in vibrant Metrocolor—portrays a highly competitive United States Army Air Service officer."

- "Kenneth Tobey probably has the reddest hair in the world."

- "His red hair was also spotted in many other sci-fi films."

- "Tobey's small role in director Howard Hawks' comedy "I Was a Male War Bride" in 1949 so impressed Hawks that when he was producing "The Thing," he cast the red-haired actor."…

- "Craggy faced and red-headed, the actor Kenneth Tobey made nearly 100 films and was a prolific player on stage and television."…/o…/kenneth-tobey-123341.html

Saturday, 27 April 2019

777) Signe Hasso

Signe Hasso (born Signe Eleonora Cecilia Larsson, 1915 – 2002). Swedish actress, writer and composer.
She performed on stage and in film in Sweden. In 1933, she made her first film, Tystnadens hus, with German film director/cameraman Harry Hasso, whom she married the same year. They had a son by the time she was 19. They divorced in 1941.
In 1940, she moved to the United States, where she signed a contract with RKO Pictures, who promoted her as "the next Garbo". With few RKO roles forthcoming, she turned to the stage to make a living. According to the Internet Broadway Database, she appeared in five Broadway productions, beginning with Golden Wings (1941). In the mid-1940s, she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her first role of note was in Heaven Can Wait (1943). During the 1940s, she appeared in The Seventh Cross (1944), Johnny Angel (1945), The House on 92nd Street (1945), A Scandal in Paris (1946), and A Double Life (1947). Her favorite role was as the ex-wife of an actor driven mad, played by Ronald Colman, in A Double Life. By the 1950s, her Hollywood career had stalled.
In 1957, her son and only child was killed in a car accident. From then on, she divided her time between making films in Sweden and acting on stage in New York until she returned to Hollywood in the 1960s. She also acted on television, making guest appearances in several popular TV series, including Route 66, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, The Green Hornet, Cannon, Starsky and Hutch, The Streets of San Francisco, Quincy, M.E., Magnum, P.I., Trapper John, M.D. and Hart to Hart.
In her later years, Hasso worked as a songwriter and writer and translated Swedish folk songs into English.

- "Striking green eyes and a mass of reddish brown hair."

- "Red-haired Swedish actress Signe Hasso."…