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 married to actress Paulette Goddard.
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.…