Sunday, 22 September 2019

1177) Paolo Thaon di Revel

1170) Paolo Camillo Thaon, Marquess of Revel (1859 – 1948), latterly titled by Benito Mussolini with the honorary title of 1st Duke of the Sea. Italian admiral of the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina) during World War I and later a politician.
He was born in Turin from a family of the Savoyard and Niçard nobility of Scottish descent, a minor son of Marquess and Count Ottavio Thaon di Revel.

- "His shock of red hair, his reddish beard, and his short, stocky figure almost persuaded one that County Cork was his native soil."

1176) Norah Lange

Norah Lange (1905 – 1972). Argentine author of Norwegian descent, associated with the Buenos Aires avant garde of the 1920s and 1930s.
A member of the Florida group, which also included figures such as Oliverio Girondo (whom she married in 1943) and Jorge Luis Borges (who dedicated an article to her in his first book of prose, Inquisiciones), she published in the "ultraist" magazines Prisma, Proa and Martín Fierro.
Her ultramodernist poetry influenced other well-known Argentine writers such as Nydia Lamarque, Maria Elena Walsh, Maria Dhialma Tiberti, and Ines Malinow.
Her 1950 novel Personas en la sala, was published in the English as People in the Room in 2018.
In 1958, SADE (the Argentine Society of writers) awarded her their Grand Prize of Honor.

- "A particularly striking attribute of Norah Lange's was her mane of red hair, an exotic attribute in a Latin country and one associated in the Hispanic world with devilment and mischief. [...] Norah's, then, was a complex allure: her red hair spoke of passion, but her pale, Scandinavian looks called to mind the purity of an angel..."…/sep/11/biography.fiction

- "... Lange became a modernist muse, lauded as much for her Nordic looks and flaming red hair (she has been described both as a “valkyrie” and as the ultraístas’s “angel and siren”) as she was for her playful spirit and her accomplishments as an author.…/norah-langes-people-in-…

- "... Norah Lange, the muse of Borges's literary generation, a red-haired beauty of Norwegian extraction.…

1175) Samuel Sagan

Samuel Sagan (1905 - 1979). Born in Kamenets-Podolsk (then in the Russian Empire, in today's Ukraine), when he was about five, he and his siblings left for the United States. They were sponsored by their uncle George, who was only about seventeen.
He became a garment worker and married Rachel Gruber in Brooklyn, on March 4, 1933. They had one daughter, Carol, and one son, Carl, who became a famous astronomer and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize with the book The Dragons of Eden.

- "He was skinny, red-haired, and covered with freckles."

- "Samuel had a head of flaming red hair. "Red" and "Lucky" were his nicknames."

- "He was a gentle man with flaming red hair, a wry sense of humor and a sunny outlook on life."…

- "Known as 'Red' (thanks to his bright red hair) and 'Lucky'..."…

Saturday, 21 September 2019

1174) Molly Ivins

Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (1944 – 2007). American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined The Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s, and then the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the Times Herald was sold and shuttered. The column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers. A biography of Ivins, Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.

- "She was a striking figure, six feet tall with flaming red hair, with the ability to drink heartily and a mouth that would make a longshoreman blush."…/review-raise-hell-the-life-and-t…

- "This six-foot, red-haired Texan found joy in reporting as one of the lone liberals in her deep-red state."…/raise-hell-the-life-times-of-mo…

- "At almost six feet tall and with flaming red hair, Molly Ivins was hard to miss and is difficult to forget."

- "Friends suggested she did it to be irreverent, to be cool, to be sure that people colud see the mane of red hair set against the less-than-girly coat."…

Friday, 20 September 2019

1173) James Francis Edward Stuart

James Francis Edward Stuart (1688 – 1766), nicknamed The Old Pretender. Son of King James II and VII of England, Scotland and Ireland, and his second wife, Mary of Modena. He was Prince of Wales from July 1688 until, just months after his birth, his Catholic father was deposed and exiled in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. James II's Protestant elder daughter, Mary II, and her husband, William III, became co-monarchs and the Bill of Rights 1689 and Act of Settlement 1701 excluded Catholics from the English then, subsequently, British throne.
James Francis Edward was raised in Continental Europe. After his father's death in 1701, he claimed the English, Scottish and Irish crown as James III of England and Ireland and James VIII of Scotland, with the support of his Jacobite followers and his cousin Louis XIV of France. Fourteen years later, he unsuccessfully attempted to gain the throne in Britain during the Jacobite rising of 1715.
Following his death in 1766, his elder son, Charles Edward Stuart, continued to claim the British crown as part of the Jacobite Succession.

- "Later he developed into a handsome lad, with noble brow, finely chiseled nose, expressive dark brown eyes hair of auburn tint inclining to gold."

1172) Maria Karolina Sobieska

Maria Karolina Sobieska (1697 – 1740). Polish noblewoman, daughter of Jakub Ludwik Sobieski. Known as Marie Charlotte or only Charlotte, she was the Princess of Turenne and later Duchess of Bouillon by marriage. Charlotte was the last surviving member of the House of Sobieski.
Her younger sister Clementina married the Jacobite pretender James Francis Edward Stuart.

- "She was a pretty little thing, tall, red-haired and well-shaped; she made use of every opportunity to highlight the charms of her figure.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

1171) Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme (1931 – 1989). American short story writer and novelist known for his playful, postmodernist style of short fiction. Barthelme also worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Post, was managing editor of Location magazine, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1961–1962), co-founder of Fiction and a professor at various universities. He also was one of the original founders of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

- "He has red hair and a beard and dresses conservatively.…/freaked-out-on-barthelme-hes-now-…

1170) Penelope Gilliatt

Penelope Gilliatt (born Penelope Ann Douglass Conner; 1932 – 1993). English novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and film critic. As one of the main film critics for The New Yorker magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, Gilliatt was known for her detailed descriptions and evocative reviews.

- "... he could identify me downstairs in the lobby because I had red hair.…/vladimir-nabokov-interview…/

- "There was Penelope with her flaming red hair and Vincent in his tweeds."…

- "But for Osborne, fiery red hair provoked the purople prose of fatal attraction."…

- "A vivacious, red-haired British writer who had once been married to the playwright John Osborne..."…

1169) Margaret Osborne duPont

Margaret Osborne duPont (born Margaret Evelyn Osborne; 1918 – 2012). World No. 1 American female tennis player.
DuPont won a total of 37 singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, which places her fourth on the all-time list despite never entering the Australian Championships. She won 25 of her Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Championships, which is an all-time record.

- "... San Francisco's chubby, red-haired Margaret ("Ozzie") Osborne and blonde Louise Brough (rhymes with rough) of Beverly Hills.…/23435-serve-volley-40s-tennis…

1168) Pauline Betz

Pauline Betz Addie (née Pauline May Betz, 1919 – 2011). American professional tennis player. She won five Grand Slam singles titles and was the runner-up on three other occasions. Jack Kramer has called her the second best female tennis player he ever saw, behind Helen Wills Moody.

- "He had Pauline Betz, a slender redhead who had won the national crown four times..."…

- "But when red-haired Pauline gets out on the court, narrows her green eyes and sets her jaw, she is cool as a cucumber."…/23435-serve-volley-40s-tennis…

- "Pauline Betz, 29, green-eyed, red-haired U.S. tennis queen (four-time winner of the U.S. Women's Singles..."…/mag…/article/0,9171,794641,00.html

1167) Thomas Steinbeck

Thomas Myles Steinbeck (1944 – 2016). American screenwriter, photographer and journalist. He published numerous works of fiction, including short stories and novels. He was the elder son of novelist John Steinbeck and his second wife, singer-composer Gwyndolyn Conger.

- "John announced to friends that Thom was 'a baby-shaped baby', with red hair and blue eyes."…

- "Thom is a good healthy kid with red hair and blue eyes..."…

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

1166) Jill Ker Conway

Jill Ker Conway (1934 – 2018). Australian-American scholar and author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain, she also was Smith College's first woman president (1975-1985) and most recently served as a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project. She was a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

- "... said Conway, who is slim and elegant with short reddish-blond hair and bright blue eyes."…/JConwaymedal-hg-072013

- "At 40, Mrs. Conway is red‐haired and slender to the fachionable degree of looking fragile."…/smiths-first-woman-president-anti…

1165) Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890). British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Burton's best-known achievements include: a well-documented journey to Mecca in disguise, at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after early translations of Antoine Galland's French version); the publication of the Kama Sutra in English; a translation of The Perfumed Garden, the Arab Kama Sutra; and a journey with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile.
Burton was a captain in the army of the East India Company, serving in India, and later briefly in the Crimean War. Following this, he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa, where he led an expedition guided by locals and was the first European known to have seen Lake Tanganyika.

- "Richard Francis Burton was born at Torquay 29 on 19th March 1821; and to the intemperate joy of the family his hair was a fierce and fiery red. [...] Richard's hair gradually turned from its fiery and obtrusive red to jet black, but the violent temper of which the former colour is supposed to be indicative, and of which he had already many times given proofs, signalised him to the end of life.

- "With an olive complexion, bright red hair that eventually turned coal black and penetrating dark eyes, he hardly fit the English norm."…

- "Baker was ecstatic when little Richard was born with flaming-red hair and although it later turned black, his temper remained red to the end."…

1164) Giovanni Battista Belzoni

Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778 – 1823), sometimes known as The Great Belzoni. Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities.
He is known for his removal to England of the seven-tonne bust of Ramesses II, the clearing of sand from the entrance of the great temple at Abu Simbel, the discovery and documentation of the tomb of Seti I (still sometimes known as "Belzoni's Tomb"), and the first to penetrate into the second pyramid of Giza. He also identified the ruins of Berenice on the Red Sea.
George Lucas based his Indiana Jones on Belzoni

- "At 6'7" tall, the red-haired, red-bearded Italian served the circus for 12 years as a strong man."…

- "Alto 2,10 metri, dal portamento elegante, dai lineamenti regolari, con capelli rossi e occhi azzurri, fu un uomo dalla vita “fuori dagli schemi”.“ [At 6'7" tall, with elegant bearing and regular features, red-haired and blue-eyed, he was a man out of the ordinary.]…/notturni-arte-tutto-esaurito-pad…

- "... il suo passaporto, conservato al museo degli Eremitani a Padova, lo descrive con occhi blu, capelli rossi, naso regolare. [His passport, kept in the Museo degli Eremitani in Padua, describes him as blue-eyed, red-haired and wirh a regular nose.]
- "Un uomo alto oltre due metri, massiccio, coi capelli rossi..." [A man 2 metres high, burly, with red hair...]

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

1164) Paul Kelly

Paul Michael Kelly (1899 – 1956). American stage, film and television actor. His career survived a manslaughter conviction, tied to a sex scandal, that caused him to spend time in prison in the late 1920s.

- "This 180-pounder, a tough six-footer with the build of a football player, known for his red hair and Irish temper..."…

1163) Dorothy Dare

Dorothy Dare (born Dorothy Herskind, 1911 – 1981). American actress and singer.
She began her singing and acting career in several of Ziegfeld's shows and then appeared in Vitaphone shorts. By 1934 she was under contract to Warner Bros. Studios and made her debut in Very Close Veins (1934). During the 1930s, she starred in a string of successful films such as Gold Diggers of 1935, Front Page Woman (1935), High Hat (1937), and Clothes and the Woman (1937). She sang such songs as "Red Headed and Blue" and "Yoo Hoo Hoo". By the late 1930s and early 1940s, Dare began to lose parts. In 1942, she made her final film appearance as Peggy in The Yanks Are Coming and in 1944 she sang her last musical number in Musical Movieland.

- "Red-haired Dorothy Dare was onstage as a child and later in the Follies and other musical shows.…

1161) Jobyna Howland

Jobyna Howland (1880 – 1936). American stage and screen actress.
She started as one of several models for Charles Dana Gibson's famous sketches of Gibson Girls. Howland made her first appearance on the New York Stage in 1899 managed by Daniel Frohman. During her long theatrical career, she apprenticed everything from drawing room farces to musical comedies always seeming to play the other woman, a best friend's pal or a distant cousin.
She appeared in a few silent pictures, but this medium did not seem to suit her booming, direct and distinct voice. In sound films, she typically played the kind of roles she had mastered on the stage, the domineering but dependable support. Her appearances in the comedies of Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey are some of her best known.

- "Tall, regal and beautiful, red-haired Howland..."

- "Six feet tall and blessed with Titian red hair, Jobyna Howland was one of the most striking of the stage beauties to appear at the end of the 19th century.

1160) Conchita Supervia

Conchita Supervía (1895 – 1936). Highly popular Spanish mezzo-soprano singer who appeared in opera in Europe and America and also gave recitals.

- "The former came on to the platform most strikingly dressed in a Spanish gown, wearing a mantilla, with a high comb in her beautiful red hair.…/This-Is-London-Hibbe…

- "... she had a mass of carefully disorganised auburn hair and the sort of figure, all curves and charm, that Latin taste judges to be perfect."

- "Down the gangplank strode a strikingly good-looking woman, about 5' 7" in height, with grey eyes, red brown hair, and a vivacious personality."

- "She has an immense collection of reddish-gold hair and an angel's voice.…

1159) Alison Skipworth

Alison Skipworth (born Alison Mary Elliott Margaret Groom, 1863 – 1952). English stage and screen actress.
She made her debut as Mrs. Ware in The Princess and the Butterfly in 1897, in the United States, with the company of Daniel Frohman.
Skipworth appeared in her first film in 1912 and in 1930 she made her first talkie. Her film career continued until 1938 with many major supporting roles. Her later screen credits include The Casino Murder Case, The Girl from 10th Avenue, King of the Newsboys, Wide Open Faces and Ladies in Distress.
In 1882 she married Frank Markham Skipworth, an artist for whom she modeled, but they later divorced.

- "In her younger days, auburn-haired Alison Skipworth had been a celebrated patrician beauty."

- "As a young woman, she became the beautiful, curvy, auburn-haired model of English artist Frank Markham Skipworth."

1158) Elisabeth Bergner

Elisabeth Bergner (1897 – 1986). Austrian-British actress. Primarily a stage actress, her career flourished in Berlin and Paris, before she moved to London to work in films. Her signature role was Gemma Jones in Escape Me Never, a play written for her by Margaret Kennedy. She played Gemma first in London, and then in the Broadway debut and a film version, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1943, Bergner returned to Broadway in the play The Two Mrs. Carrolls, for which she won the Distinguished Performance Medal from the Drama League.
She is considered by several critics to be the inspiration for the character of Margo Channing in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's classic film, All About Eve. Bergner had a real-life incident about a would-be Eve Harrington when Bergner was performing in the play The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1943). Bergner helped a young actress, and the actress "took over" Bergner's life. Bergner recounted the story to writer Mary Orr, who based a short story "The Wisdom of Eve" (1946) in Cosmopolitan magazine on Bergner's experience.
The character of Dora Martin in the novel Mephisto by Klaus Mann is reportedly based on her.

- "Bergner of the straight, long-bobbed, red-gold hair is still incomparably Bergner in spite of sophisticated dressing..."…

- "She has your high forehead and delicate profile... her red hair could easily be darkened."…