Thursday, 31 October 2019

1219) Larry MacPhail

Leland Stanford "Larry" MacPhail, Sr. (1890 – 1975). American lawyer and an executive in Major League Baseball. He served as an executive with several professional baseball teams, including the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. MacPhail's sons and grandsons were also sports executives. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

- "At the same time, the red-haired fighting genius could be abrasive with his loud and argumentative manner."…

- "... the team's president referred to in the newspapers as the red-headed wildman..."…

- "The son of a Michigan banker, MacPhail had a round, ruddy face with red hair and freckles..."…

1218) Grover Cleveland Alexander

Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887 – 1950), nicknamed "Old Pete". American Major League Baseball pitcher. He played from 1911 through 1930 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.

- "Alexander's physical attributes - over six feet in height with red hair and freckles - were immediately reported by a Galesburg newspaperman..."…/publicat…/NH1990Alexander.pdf

- "Grover was a big kid, tall and gaunt, with sandy-red hair and freckles..."…

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

1217) Ginger Baker

Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (1939 – 2019). English drummer and co-founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s and 1970s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," for a style that melded jazz and African rhythms and pioneered both jazz fusion and world music.
Baker began playing drums at age 15, and later took lessons from English jazz drummer Phil Seamen. In the 1960s he joined Blues Incorporated, where he met bassist Jack Bruce. The two clashed often, but would be rhythm section partners again in the Graham Bond Organisation and Cream, the latter of which Baker co-founded with Eric Clapton in 1966. Cream achieved worldwide success but lasted only until 1968, in part due to Baker's and Bruce's volatile relationship. After briefly working with Clapton in Blind Faith and leading Ginger Baker's Air Force, Baker spent several years in the 1970s living and recording in Africa, often with Fela Kuti, in pursuit of his long-time interest in African music.
Baker's drumming is regarded for its style, showmanship, and use of two bass drums instead of the conventional one. In his early days, he performed lengthy drum solos, most notably in the Cream song "Toad," one of the earliest recorded examples in rock music. Baker was an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream in 1993, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008, and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016. Baker was noted for his eccentric, often self-destructive lifestyle, and he struggled with heroin addiction for many years.

- "... he was nicknamed "Ginger" for his shock of flaming red hair."

- "With blazing eyes, fiery red hair and a temperament to match, the London native ranked with The Who's Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham as the embodiment of musical and personal fury."

Sunday, 27 October 2019

1216) Penny Singleton

Penny Singleton (born Mariana Dorothy McNulty, 1908 – 2003). American actress. During her 60-year career, Singleton appeared as the comic-strip heroine Blondie Bumstead in a series of 28 motion pictures from 1938 until 1950 and the popular Blondie radio program from 1939 until 1950. Singleton also provided the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series The Jetsons from 1962–1963 and 1985–1987.
Behind the scenes, Singleton served two terms as president of the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), and testified before a Senate subcommittee in 1962 on the union's treatment of women variety workers.

- "Chicago remembers her as the hazel-eyed girl with red-brown hair who sang “Mimi” in “La Boheme” for the Chicago Civic opera."

- "Singleton was a red haired actress had been nicknamed “Penny” since childhood. She bleached her hair for the Blondie role and took the last name of her first husband, Laurence Singleton."

- "Penny Singleton, a former dancer who had changed her name from Dorothy McNulty, dyed her naturally auburn hair in order to play the title role.…

Saturday, 26 October 2019

1215) Elissa Landi

Elissa Landi (born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt, 1904 – 1948). Italian-born Austrian-American actress and novelist who was popular as a performer in Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s. She was noted for her aristocratic bearing.
She was born in Venice to Austrian military officer Richard Kühnelt and his wife Caroline. She was raised in Austria and educated in England.
During the 1920s she appeared in British, French and German films before travelling to the United States to appear in a Broadway production of A Farewell to Arms. She was signed to a contract by Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) in 1931.
She was paired successfully with some of the major leading men, including David Manners, Charles Farrell, Warner Baxter and Ronald Colman.
Her contract with Fox was abruptly cancelled in 1936 when she refused a particular role. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed her, and after a couple of romantic dramas, she played the cousin of Myrna Loy in the very popular After the Thin Man (1936). She retired from acting in 1943, after making only two more films.
Landi became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943, and dedicated herself to writing, producing six novels and a series of poems. 

- "She is red-haired, green-eyed, stands five feet five, and never has to worry about her weight."…/…/12/1/no-lady-of-leisure

- "Elissa was petite in size with green eyes, reddish-gold hair and an unusual face..."…

1214) John MacGillivray

John MacGillivray (1821 – 1867). Scottish naturalist, active in Australia between 1842 and 1867.
He was born in Aberdeen, the son of ornithologist William MacGillivray. He took part in three of the Royal Navy's surveying voyages in the Pacific. In 1842 he sailed as naturalist on board HMS Fly, despatched to survey the Torres Strait, New Guinea, and the east coast of Australia, returning to England in 1846.
In the same year he was appointed as naturalist on the voyages of HMS Rattlesnake, collecting in Australian waters at Port Curtis, Rockingham Bay, Port Molle, Cape York, Gould Island, Lizard Island and Moreton Island in Queensland, Port Essington (Northern Territory) and visiting Sydney (New South Wales) on several occasions. The expedition was in Hobart, Tasmania, in June 1847 and also surveyed in Bass Strait, and on the southern coast of New Guinea and the Louisiade Archipelago. On this series of voyages his most notable achievement was to make records of the aboriginal languages of the peoples he encountered. His account of the voyages was published in London.
He is commemorated in the name of the Fiji petrel Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi.

- "In the midst of his last-minute preparations he was interrupted by a young, short, red-headed Scot, Mr John MacGillivray..."…

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

1213) Dan Moody

Daniel James Moody Jr. (1893 – 1966). American politician from the Democratic party. Originally from Taylor, Texas, he served as the 30th Governor of Texas between 1927 and 1931. At the age of 33, he was elected and took office as the youngest governor in Texas history. After his two terms as Governor, he returned to private law practice and continued to prosecute and represent various functions of the United States government through his later life.

- "In 1925, Dan Moody was a thirty-two-year-old red-haired straight arrow who had built a reputation prosecuting Ku Klux Klansmen."…

- "Red-haired Dan Moody was the youngest man to become governor of the state of Texas up to that date."…

- "The Fergusons today accepted philosophically the verdict of Texas Democrats selecting Dan Moody, fiery red-haired Attorney General, to succeed the Lone Star State's first woman Governor."…/fergusons-philosophical-in-defeat…

- "He was tall, with slightly wavy red hair and an expression in his eyes that, in old photographs at least, is combatively direct."…

Monday, 21 October 2019

1212) Julia Richman

Julia Richman (1855-1912). American educator and pedagogue. She is remembered as the first woman district superintendent of schools in New York City. Richman wrote books on curriculum and started a number of school programs, including an optical one, special education for delinquents, chronic absentee students, as well as those who were above average. She was the first Normal College graduate to serve as principal in New York City and the first Jewish woman to obtain the position. The now defunct Julia Richman High School was named in her honor.

- "With her clipped, precise speech, her imposing bosom, her carefully marcelled mane of dark red hair...…

- "Her large brown eyes, freckles, and red hair were not considered assets, and her mother despaired of her sturdy, tomboyish figure."…/j…/PDF/1986_38_02_00.pdf

1211) Barbara Daly Baekeland

Barbara Daly Baekeland (1922 – 1972). American socialite who was murdered by her son, Antony "Tony" Baekeland. She was the ex-wife of Brooks Baekeland, who was the grandson of Leo Baekeland, inventor of Bakelite plastic.
She was murdered at her London home when her son Antony stabbed her with a kitchen knife, killing her almost instantly. Antony was found at the scene of the crime, and later confessed to and was charged with her murder.
The 2007 film Savage Grace is based on the life of Barbara and Antony Baekeland. Barbara was played by Julianne Moore. According to Barbara Baekeland's former lover Samuel Adams Green, the film features misleading elements.

- "One of his girlfriends was the vivacious, red-haired young fashion model Barbara Daly."…

- "All her life, Barbara Baekeland had been partial to autumnal colours: the rust-coloured skirts and bronze shoes she favoured suited her flaming red hair and fair skin."

- "Saul spoke of Barbara whiteness, her white skin, her Irish skin, white lovely skin, red hair..."…

- "... a gorgeous ex-film starlet and model, with flaming red hair and porcelain skin, Barbara Daly Baekeland..."…/incest-and-illness-in…/

- "Barbara was stunning to look at and had glorious red hair - and a wild spirit.

Friday, 18 October 2019

1210) Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith. English laundress who became a model for D. G. Rossetti, Simon Solomon, E. Poynter, E. Burne-Jones, G. P. Boyce and others. Rossetti saw her in the street in 1860 and persuaded her to come and sit for him.
Some of the paintings she sat for are Joli Coeur, A Christmas Carol and The Beloved (she is the left-hand bridesmaid).
According to George Boyce’s diary, a soldier, who probably objected to Smith's beauty being admired by others, cut her face to ribbons and disfigured her so badly she could not model anymore. She eventually married a cabbie and returned to Boyce to offer her services as a laundress.

- "Smith's thick dark auburn hair, her almond-shaped eyes, her round sweet face with strong brow and jawline..."…

Pastel portrait by Rossetti

Portrait by G. P. Boyce

Joli Coeur (1867) D G Rossetti

A Christmas Carol (1867), D G Rossetti

The Beloved (Smith is the bridesmaid on the left)

Thursday, 17 October 2019

1209) Marguerite Khnopff

Marguerite Khnopff. Sister and model of Belgian painter Fernand Khnopff (1585 - 1921). She modeled, among others, for paintings such as I Lock the Door Upon Myself, The Caress, Who Shall Deliver Me?

- "In 1891, the Belgian symbolist Fernand Khnopff debuted I Lock the Door Upon Myself, featuring his red haired sister as model and proxy."

- "In his case, however, the paintings of the auburn-haired Marguerite amounted to a near-obsession..."

The Caress

Who Shall Deliver Me?

I Lock the Door Upon Myself

Portrait of Marguerite Khnopff

1208) Annie Miller

Annie Miller (1835–1925). English artists' model who, among others, sat for the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais.
She was working as a barmaid when she attracted the attention of Hunt. He had planned to marry Annie and so, before he left for Palestine in 1854, he made arrangements for her to be educated while he was away. Hunt returned from his travels in 1856, but Annie became involved with the seventh Viscount Ranelagh, even though Hunt proposed to her. As a result, Hunt finally broke off the engagement in 1859. Annie eventually married Ranelagh's first cousin, Captain Thomas Thomson.
- "The result is a curious combination of Miller's distinctively red-gold, wavy hair..."

Portrait by Millais

Woman in Yellow, by D. G. Rossetti

Helen of Troy, by D. G. Rossetti

Mary Magdalene, Leaving the House Feasting, by D. G. Rossetti

The Awakening Conscience, by W. H. Hunt
Il dolce far niente, by W. H. Hunt

1207) Fanny Cornforth

Fanny Cornforth (1835 – 1909). Englishwoman who became the artist's model and mistress of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later, Cornforth performed the duties of housekeeper for Rossetti.
In Rossetti's paintings, the figures modeled by Fanny Cornforth are generally rather voluptuous, differing from those of other models such as Jane Morris and Elizabeth Siddal.
It is believed that her real name was Sarah Cox and that she was born in Steyning, West Sussex, the daughter of a blacksmith. Her first role was as to model the head of the principal figure in the painting Found.
William Michael Rossetti wrote that "she was a pre-eminently fine woman with regular and sweet features, and a mass of the most lovely blond hair – light-golden, or 'harvest yellow'." However, in most of the paintings she sat for, her hair looks quite reddish, or even copper.
Some of the paintings featuring Cornforth are Bocca Baciata, Lucrezia Borgia, Fair Rosamund, Fazio's Mistress (Aurelia), The Blue Bower, Lady Lilith, Found, The Holy Grail (all by Rossetti) and Sidonia von Bork (by E. Burne-Jones).

Aurelia (Fazio's Mistress)

Portrait of Cornfoth by Rossetti

Bocca Baciata

Fair Rosamund

Sidonia von Bork


Lucrezia Borgia

Lady Lilith

Womann Combing Her Hair

The Blue Bower

Friday, 11 October 2019

1206) Tryphena Foord

Tryphena Foord (1828 - 1921). Wife and model of English painter Arthut Hughes. He was not an official member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but his paintings exhibit the Pre-Raphaelite style and preference of themes. She modeled for many of her husband's works, such as April Love, The Long Engagement, Amy, A Music Party, Back from the Sea, The Rift within the Lute, etc.

A Music Party,

April Love

Back from the Sea

The Rift within the Lute


The Long Engagement

Thursday, 10 October 2019

1205) Mary Emma Jones

Mary Emma Jones, also known as Miss Clive. Actress, model and common-law wife of painter, illustrator and draughtsman Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829 - 1904).
They met in 1862, when she modeled for The Magdalen, but since he was already married with Georgiana Creed, he took her as his common-law wife for the rest of his life. She gave birth to a large number of children, 10 of whom were raised under the name of Neville and survived after Sandys' death.
She modeled for many paintings and drawings (both for Sandys and his sister Emma), such as Proud Maise, Helen of Troy, Perdita, Love's Shadows, etc.

Mary Emma Jones, by Emma Sandys

Mary Magdalene

Helen of Troy

Love's Shadow


Proud Maise

1204) Donald Sandys Wunsch

Donald Frederick Sandys Wunsch (1887 – 1973). English-born New Zealand chemical engineer and factory manager.
In the 1957 New Year Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his role as chairman of the Advisory Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
In 2010, IChemE in New Zealand instituted the annual Kennedy-Wunsch lecture, in recognition of the pioneering roles that both Wunsch and Miles Kennedy played in the development of chemical engineering in New Zealand.

- "With his red hair and beard and piercing blue eyes, chemical engineer Donald Sandys Wunsch was a distinctive figure in Edendale..."…/photogra…/39814/donald-sandys-wunsch

- "A tall, thin man with a shock of red hair, a bushy red beard and very blue, intelligent eyes, Donald Sandys Wunsch wore small glasses, English tweed knickerbockers, and was rarely seen without a pipe in his mouth.…/biographies/4w28/wunsch-donald-fred…

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

1203) Rudy Vallée

Hubert Prior "Rudy" Vallée (1901 – 1986). American singer, actor, bandleader, and radio host. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.
His father was of Canadian origins and his mother of Irish origins.
After graduation, he formed Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees, having named himself after saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. He became one of the first crooners. Singers needed strong voices to fill theaters in the days before microphones. Crooners had soft voices that were suited to the intimacy of radio. Vallée's trombone-like vocal phrasing on "Deep Night" would inspire Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como to model their voices on jazz instruments.
Vallée was one of the first celebrity pop stars. Flappers pursued him wherever he went and his live appearances were usually sold out.
In 1929, Vallée made his first feature film, The Vagabond Lover for RKO Radio. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity. While his initial performances were rather wooden, his acting greatly improved in the late 1930s and 1940s, and by the time he began working with Preston Sturges in the 1940s, he had become a successful comedic supporting player. He appeared opposite Claudette Colbert in Sturges's 1942 screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story. Other films in which he appeared include I Remember Mama, Unfaithfully Yours and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

- "His body had thickened a bit, but his eyes were alive and when he smiled, which was often, it was the familiar Vallee smile, consuming his face under a swatch of thinning but still very red hair.…/…