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,"

- "His four rambunctious, red-headed boys, including Clarence Jr., were enrolled in prep school..."

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."…

Thursday, 25 April 2019

776) Elaine Stewart

Elaine Stewart (born Elsy Steinberg; 1930 – 2011). American actress and model.
Stewart had a supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), as Lila, a starlet who has a romantic fling with a producer played by Kirk Douglas. She was featured as Julie, the love interest of Sgt Ryan, played by Richard Widmark, in Take the High Ground! (1953) and co-starred with Mickey Rooney in a 1953 comedy, A Slight Case of Larceny.
She appeared in other films, such as Brigadoon (along with Gene Kelly and Van Johnson), Night Passage, Code Two, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, and The Adventures of Hajji Baba. Stewart had a small but key role, as Anne Boleyn, in 1953's Young Bess. She co-starred with Jeff Chandler in the film noir The Tattered Dress (1957), with Victor Mature in the western Escort West (1958) and shared top billing with John Derek in a 1958 adventure film, High Hell, before turning to television.

- "The studio changes her hair color from auburn to quicksilver blonde..."…/E…/index.html

- "Stewart was, in fact, a red-head and her striking beauty marked her down for Hollywood stardom..."…/elaine-stewart-bcl8ct6pp7s

Monday, 22 April 2019

775) Lucille Bremer

Lucille Bremer (1917 – 1996). American film actress and dancer.
Arthur Freed discovered Lucille when she was working in a nightclub doing a specialty dance act, and decided to cast her as Rose Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, and began building up her career which never really took off despite being put in three big musical productions at MGM. When she married, she decided to retire. 

- " A brief but beautiful little wave in the MGM musical pool during the mid-40s was lovely, classy, red-headed Lucille Bremer."

- "This red-haired Bette Davis look-alike was not only graceful in her onscreen Terpsichore..."

- "Minnelli even got away with filming Garland in a deep red velvet dress beside red-haired Lucille Bremer..."

- "A red-headed beauty and distinguished dancer, Lucille Bremer partnered Fred Astaire in three of his finest routines..."

Saturday, 13 April 2019

774) Maude and Michelle Bouvier

Maude Reppelin Bouvier Davis (1905 - 1999) and Michelle Caroline Bouvier Scott Putnam (1905 - 1987). Twin daughters of Major John Vernou Bouvier Jr. (New York attorney) and Maude Frances Sergeant. Their older brother was John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III, father of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

- "... and her red-headed twin sisters Maude Reppelin Bouvier Davis and Michelle Caroline Bouvier Scott Putman."

- "Jack was not close to his sisters, the twins Maude and Michelle, who had inherited their mother's delicate features and red-gold hair..."…

773) Patricia Kennedy Lawford

Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy Lawford (1924 – 2006). American socialite and the sixth of nine children of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. She was a sister of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy. She married English actor Peter Lawford in 1954, but they divorced in 1966.

- "Pat was tall and athletic, with auburn hair and lovely blue eyes."…

- "... she was striking just the same, with an angular face, red hair, cobalt blue eyes..."…

772) Joan Sutherland

Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, (1926 – 2010). Australian-born coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.
She possessed a voice combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction.
Sutherland was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award, for Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist (with or without orchestra) in 1962.
Along with her husband, she contributed to the international launch of Luciano Pavarotti, who described her as "the voice of the century".

- "You settle down, then turn face a huge pouf of red hair, and a mouth of red lipstick that has gone slightly askew beneath the right lower lip."…/no-joans-not-jealous-no-joans-not…

- "There was something indomitable about the imperious jut of that chin, the big red hair..."…/farewell-la-stupenda-20101012-16hs…

- "Beautifully dressed in emerald-green, red hair carefully groomed..."

- "... the thick titian hair is now the color of ginger; the voice retains the soft accent of her native Australia."…

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

771) Margaret Heckler

Margaret Mary Heckler (née O'Shaughnessy; 1931 – 2018). American politician, member of the Republican Party for Massachusetts who served in the United States House of Representatives for eight terms, from 1967–83 and was later the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Ambassador to Ireland under President Ronald Reagan. After her defeat in 1982, no woman would be elected to Congress from Massachusetts until Niki Tsongas in a special election in 2007.

- "A red-haired woman with freckles, she does not like to be called Peggy."…/Margaret-Heckler-Next-…/7331411195600/

- "Despite election rhetoric, Mrs. Heckler, 51, red haired and freckled, spent most of her time in Congress..."…/Margaret-Heckler-Healt…/3045411195600/

- "She wore the brightest jewel tone colors, and didn’t care that they sometimes clashed with her iconic bright red bouffant hair."…

- "... an attractive and vivacious woman whose broad jaw and red hair recall Margaret Heckler.…

770) Walter C. Dowling

Walter Cecil Dowling (1905 –1977). United States Ambassador to West Germany from 1959–1963 and the US Ambassador to South Korea from 1956-1959.
Appointed a Career Ambassador in 1962, an operation cut short his career; in 1963, he retired from the Foreign Service.
After he left the State Department, he became Director-General of the Atlantic Institute, before returning to Mercer University and teaching political science.

- "... Adenauer never had much empathy with Dowling, a red-haired carreer diplomat."…

Monday, 8 April 2019

769) Siobhàn McKenna

Siobhàn McKenna (born Siobhán Giollamhuire Nic Cionnaith, 1923 – 1986). Irish stage and screen actress.
Although primarily a stage actress, McKenna appeared in a number of made-for-television films and dramas. She also appeared in several motion pictures such as King of Kings in 1961, as Virgin Mary. In 1964, she performed in Of Human Bondage and the following year in Doctor Zhivago. She also appeared in The Last Days of Pompeii, as Fortunata, wife of Gaius (Laurence Olivier).
McKenna was awarded the Gold Medal of the Éire Society of Boston, for having "significantly fulfilled the ideals of the Éire Society, in particular, spreading awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish people."

- "A strong-boned, vibrant actress, and in youth the classic red-haired Irish beauty..."

768) Viveca Lindfors

Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (1920 – 1995). Swedish stage and film actress, and singer.
She moved to the United States in 1946 after being signed by Warner Bros. and began working in Hollywood. She appeared with actors such as Ronald Reagan, Jeffrey Hunter, Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott and Errol Flynn.
Lindfors appeared frequently on television, usually as a guest star, though she played the title role in the miniseries Frankenstein's Aunt. Most of her TV appearances were in the 1950s and 1960s, with a resurgence in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1990, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the ABC series Life Goes On. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for her supporting role in the TV movie A Question of Guilt.
In 1962, she shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress award with Rita Gam at the Berlin Film Festival, for their performances in Tad Danielewski's No Exit. Among her later film roles, perhaps the most memorable is the kindly and worldly-wise Professor Taub in The Sure Thing (1985).

- "The daughter of a Swedish Army major, who retired to become a Stockholm publisher, auburn-haired, 25-year-old Viveca Lindfors is tallish and square-shouldered..."…/mag…/article/0,9171,792785,00.html

- "Miss Lindfors appeared in many plays in Sweden and was considered that country's leading film attraction before leaving in 1946 for the United States, where her auburn hair and elegant features led more than one observer to proclaim her an actress of Garboesque beauty."…/viveca-lindfors-stage-and-film-ac…

Sunday, 7 April 2019

767) Nancy Coleman

Nancy Coleman (1912 – 2000). American film, stage, television and radio actress. After working on radio and appearing on the Broadway stage, Nancy Coleman moved to Hollywood to work for Warner Bros. studios.
Memorable roles include playing the mistress to a Nazi (played by Helmut Dantine) in Edge of Darkness and co-starring with Paul Henreid in In Our Time. In the 1950s, Coleman began making guest appearances on television. She also played Anne Brontë in the film Devotion (1946) opposite Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino.

- "A tall, slender, beauty with auburn red hair..."

- "Tall, thin and with auburn red hair, Nancy was a bright student..."
- "Miss Nancy Coleman, red-haired University of Washington graduate..."

- "She thought that Nancy's red hair, wholesome look and sincere acting ability..."…