Sunday, 31 March 2019

760) Thelma Raye

Thelma Raye (née Thelma Victoria Maud Bell-Morton, 1890-1966). English musical comedy actress. She was born in Rio de Janeiro. Her second husband was the actor Ronald Colman (1891-1958).

- "Auburn haired Thelma Raye was born on 6 September 1890 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

759) Joan Maude

Joan Maude (1908 – 1998). English actress, active from the 1920s to the 1950s. She is probably best known for playing the Chief Recorder in the 1946 Powell and Pressburger film A Matter of Life and Death.
The daughter of actors Charles Maude and Nancy Price, Maude's great grandmother on her father's side was the singer Jenny Lind, known as the "Swedish Nightingale".
Maude married firstly Scottish Rugby International player and journalist Frank Waters (1909-1954), with whom she had a daughter. In 1956 she married Oliver Woods (1911-1972). She was the writer, producer, and production designer of the short film All Hallowe'en (1952).

- "... only the most confident photographer would pose an auburn-haired woman against this vivid red background."

- "She began to use colour in startling combinations and juxtapositions, photographing the auburn-haired actress Joan Maude and the raven-haired actress Viven Leigh against a vibrant red background..."

758) Mrs. Brown-Potter

Mary Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter (1857 – 1936), billed as Mrs. Brown-Potter, was one of the first American society women to become a stage actress.
She married financier James Brown Potter of Brown Bros. & Co. in 1877. 
They visited England in 1886 where they met the Prince of Wales and were subsequently invited to spend the weekend with him. James returned to the United States alone following the visit as Cora remained in England to pursue a career on stage. She made her stage debut in 1887 at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in the play Civil War. Later that year she started a successful partnership with Harold Kyrle Bellew at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in the New York production of Civil War. She and Bellew toured the world and starred together for the next ten years.
She divorced Potter on June 4, 1900 but continued to use her married name as her stage name.
Her last appearance on the London stage was in 1912. She made a further stage appearance in 1919 for a benefit production in Guernsey. In addition to her stage career she helped to raise money for war charities during the Second Boer War.

- "Her dress of soft reddish-brown velvet caught the tones of her red hair..."…

- "... his imaginative portrait of Mrs. Brown Potter, her auburn hair vividly contrasting with her black velvet dress and fur busby."…/William_Bruce_Ellis_Ranken/Wil…

757) Gale Storm

Gale Storm (born Josephine Owaissa Cottle, 1922 – 2009). American actress and singer who starred in two popular television programs of the 1950s, My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show. Six of her songs were top ten hits. Her biggest success was a cover version of "I Hear You Knockin'," which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1955.

- "Born on April 5, 1922, in Bloomington, Texas, the auburn-haired Storm had played the leads in numerous plays and musicals in school..."…/la-me-gale-storm-20090629-2016062…

- "Born with the drab, unlikely name of Josephine Cottle on April 5, 1922, this pleasantly appealing, Texas-born, auburn-haired beauty..."

756) Leonard Landy

Leonard Percy Landy (1933 - 2017). American actor. He was known for Aladdin's Lantern (1938), Time Out for Lessons (1939) and Dad for a Day (1939).

- "Known for his freckles and red hair, Leonard Landy played the character Leonard in Our Gang from 1938 into well into the M-G-M years."

- "Tufts of curly red hair peeked out from under his cap, poofing out above his big ears and freckled face.…/rip-leonard-landy-the-red-haired-fre…

- "Leonard Landy, Junior’s red-headed friend who always wore a farmer’s hat and overalls."…/the-little-rascals…

Saturday, 30 March 2019

755) Jerry Tucker

Jerry Tucker (1925 – 2016). American child actor, most notable for having played the "rich kid" in the Our Gang short subjects series semi-regularly from 1931 to 1938.

- "As a youngster his cute round face and red hair made him popular in his neighbourhood."

- "Because he had a good memory in order to learn texts and because of his appearance - red hair, blue eyes and pale skin - he was brought into play for many movies."

- "With his flaming-red hair, freckles and mischievous smirk, Jerry had a knack for playing obnoxious rich kids, and the industry utilized his talent well."

754) Boyd "Red" Morgan

Boyd Franklin "Red" Morgan (1915 – 1988). American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Southern California and was drafted in the 18th round of the 1939 NFL Draft.
After World War II service as a Naval pilot, he became a prolific stuntman and actor in Hollywood.

- "Red (so nicknamed for his bright red hair) stated he was hard pressed to remember when he didn’t ride."…/…

- "He acquired his nickname for his bright red hair."…/Stuntmen1206BoydMorgan.htm

753) Darren McGavin

William Lyle Richardson (1922 – 2006), known professionally as Darren McGavin. American actor. He was known for his portrayals of worldly, often somewhat gruff characters.

- "The instant mind recognition of a red-haired, freckled-faced actor with a twinkle in his eye and a haughtiness about his demeanor."

- "While we suspect none of us can imagine a world without the beloved, feisty little red-head...…

752) Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Rachel Redgrave (1943 – 2010). English and American actress.
A member of the Redgrave family of actors, Lynn trained in London before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963) and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
She made her Broadway debut in 1967, and performed in several stage productions in New York while making frequent returns to London's West End. She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters in London, and in the title role of Baby Jane Hudson in a television production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1991. She made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine (1996) and Gods and Monsters (1998) for which she received another Academy Award nomination. Lynn Redgrave is the only person to have been nominated for all of the 'Big Four' American entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony) without winning any of them.

- "In theatre, the ruby-haired Redgrave often displayed a sunny, sweet and open personality, much like her ebullient offstage personality."…/farewell-georgy-girl/

- "With her tall frame, striking dark red hair and blue eyes..."…/actress-lynn-redgrave-dies-in-con…

- "The tall, red-haired actress was first nominated for an Oscar for her 1966 role as the unconventional character in "Georgy Girl"..."…/british-actress-lynn-redgra…

Friday, 29 March 2019

751) Anne Gwynne

Anne Gwynne (born Marguerite Gwynne Trice; 1918 – 2003). American actress and model who was known as one of the first scream queens because of her numerous appearances in horror films. Gwynne was also one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II.
Universal cast her in a variety of genres including film noir and musical comedy. She made a number of Westerns at the studio, including two she numbered among her favorite projects; Men of Texas with Robert Stack and Broderick Crawford and Ride 'Em Cowboy with Abbott and Costello (both 1942). She is remembered by fans of horror for her work in several pictures made in the 1940s. Her first horror film was Black Friday (1940) in which she played Boris Karloff's daughter. House of Frankenstein (1944) was the last horror picture she did at Universal.
Gwynne was a television pioneer, appearing in TV's first filmed series, Public Prosecutor (1947–48); she was a member of the regular cast, playing Pat Kelly, the District Attorney's secretary.
She is actor Chris Pine's grandmother.

- "A former drama student at Missouri's Stephens College, redheaded leading lady Anne Gwynne was signed to a Universal Pictures contract in 1939."

- "A beauty queen — she was a Miss San Antonio — the vivacious redhead became a model for Catalina Swimwear in Los Angeles."…
- "... bringing with him as bis bride (played by red-headed Anne Gwynne)..."

- ".. the red-headed beauty was a favorite pin-up for GIs during WWII."…

Thursday, 28 March 2019

750) Margie Hart

Margaret Hart Ferraro (1913 – 2000), better known as Margie Hart. New York City stripteaser, in American burlesque theatre.
Hart was one of three burlesque dancers who performed at Minsky's Burlesque in April 1935, who were arrested for giving an indecent performance. Hart, 21, who resided at the Hotel Forrest in Manhattan, New York, was taken into custody along with Toots Brawner, 22, of the Dixie Hotel, and Gladys McCormick, 24, of 229 West 49th Street. The three pleaded not guilty and were each held in $500 bail.

- "She was soon working the burlesque circuit, showing off a mane of red hair and her famous body."…/margaret-hart-ferraro-former-stri…

- "Dummy Davis said she'd once dropped her G-string to prove her red hair was natural.…

- "Voluptuous, flame-haired Margie Hart would find semi-fame as a burlesque dancer in New York during WWII."

- "In 1942, Miss Hart, who was known for her flaming red hair and statuesque figure...…/margaret-hart-ferraro-burlesque-q…

749) Georgia Sothern

Georgia Sothern (1913 - 1981), born Hazel Anderson. American burlesque dancer and vaudeville performer. She was known for her striptease performances.
She was born in Georgia and began performing at 13. Advertising posters brought large crowds to her shows around the U.S. One of the songs she performed to was the up tempo "Hold that Tiger" performed by an orchestra accompanying the show.

- "According to the red-headed dancer, some of her public really felt her work was an art."…/real-art-required-to-be-burle…/

- "The most dynamic of the strippers is Georgia Sothern, who has the kind of red hair usually described as flaming."…

- "... one hand cascading her long red hair over her face..."…

- "Another great redheaded star of those days was Georgia Sothern"…

748) Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; 1909 –2001). American actress, who worked on stage, radio, film and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades. 
In 1987 she appeared in her final film, The Whales of August, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. For her role in this film. she earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 
Lucille Ball called Sothern "the best comedian in the business, bar none."

- "The red-haired Sothern bleached her hair blond and began taking bit parts in motion pictures, beginng with Broadway Lights in 1927."

- "She was signed by Columbia Studios, which changed her name to Ann Sothern and her hair color from red to platinum blond."…/ann-sothern-is-dead-at-92-savvy-s…

- "The red-headed Harriette Lake..."…

- "Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond.