Saturday, 29 February 2020

1258) Edgar J. Watson

Edgar J. Watson (1855 - 1910). American outlaw. He had supposedly gotten into trouble in Columbia County in northern Florida, to which his parents had migrated sometime after 1870, and had then gone out to the Indian territory (later known as the Oklahoma Territory) where he allegedly killed Belle Starr, herself allegedly an outlaw. He then returned to Florida and killed a man in Arcadia, apparently in self-defense. After that Ed Watson moved to the Ten Thousand Islands area, then part of Monroe County, where he bought a claim on the Chatham Bend River and began raising vegetables.
Locals began to notice that each season, a new crop of farm workers would arrive at Watson's plantation, but then disappear, only to be replaced by different ones the following year. Maybe, some began to theorize, Watson was killing them all at the end of the season so he didn't have to pay them.
In the autumn of 1910, two men and a woman, all employees of Watson, were found murdered on his property. By this time everyone instantly knew to suspect Watson. Watson, for his part, blamed yet another local outlaw - a man named Leslie Cox - and asked the sheriff of Fort Myers to deputize him so he could hunt Cox down. The sheriff didn't believe Watson's story, and denied the request.
Watson visited Smallwood's Store and purchased ammo which he loudly admitted he planned to use to assassinate Cox. According to legend, the woman at the store deliberately sold him ammo that had been ruined by flooding during the hurricane. When Watson showed up at the boat dock, he found a posse of locals who were fed up with him. Watson, not knowing his ammunition was wet, fired into the crowd and the gun wouldn't go off. He dropped the rifle and reached for his revolver, but he was too slow. The posse immediately shot back and gunned him down on the spot.

- "He was extremely tall, red-headed, and possessing, they say, of unnaturally small hands and feet."

- "Over 6 feet, unusually tall for the time, and extremely strong, Watson’s appearance was additionally distinctive in that he had red hair and beard, and hands and feet that seemed visibly too small for a man of his size."…/the-lessons-of-edgar-wats…/

- "He knows Watson’s great-granddaughter, Edith, he says, who lives nearby and “has a head of red hair like E. J. Watson.”…/695-the-legend-of-chokolos…

- "He was a two-hundred-pound, red-headed man, with a quick and sometimes quirky temper."…/the-killing-of-mr-wats…/

- "Watson was a ruggedly good-looking man with red hair and a beard..."…

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

1257) Marguerite Clark

Helen Marguerite Clark (1883 – 1940). American stage and silent film actress. As a movie actress, at one time, Clark was second only to Mary Pickford in popularity. With the exception of five films, most of her films are considered lost.
In 1918 she married New Orleans plantation owner and millionaire businessman Harry Palmerston Williams, and retired to be with him. Williams died the following year (on May 19, 1936) in an aircraft crash.

- "... buoyant, tiny, very, very feminine, always dressed in excellent style and beautiful with auburn hair and hazel eyes."…

- "She is still tiny and demure and her red brown hair is worn in a single bob..."…

- "... her eyes are brown, her hair is a reddish brown--almost titian--

1256) Aggie Herring

Agnes "Aggie" Herring (1876 – 1939). American character actress. She appeared in 119 films between 1915 and 1939. She was born in San Francisco, California and died in Santa Monica, California.

- "She was five feet four inches tall with red hair and weighed 165 pounds…

Sunday, 23 February 2020

1255) Silvia Rosenberg Mann

Silvia Rosenberg Mann (1913 - 2008). American singer, dancer and patron of the arts, who worked in Broadway under the name Silvia Nelson. In 1932 she went to Philadelphia with the Earl Carroll Vanities and was noticed by Fredric R. Mann, an industrialist and patron of the arts who helped finance music centers in Philadelphia and Tel Aviv. They married shortly afterwards and had five daughters. Mann's mother was poet Paula Nelson Rosenberg, of Spanish-Portuguese descent.

- "The Russian-born Mann, making his fortune in the paper business, was taken with the red-haired beauty..."…/20080808_Silvia_Mann__widow_of_c…

- "For years after his death, Mann’s widow attended every concert, easily recognized by her flaming red hair."

Monday, 17 February 2020

1254) Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Louise Corsaut (1933 – 1995). American actress and writer. She is best known for playing Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1968).
She began her acting career in New York City in the mid-1950s. In 1958, Corsaut and Steve McQueen made their film debuts in the independent cult horror film The Blob. On television, in 1961-1962 she portrayed Irma Howell on the CBS sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College.
Corsaut first appeared on the long-running Griffith show in 1963 as schoolteacher Helen Crump, who later became the Mayberry sheriff's wife on the first episode of the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D.
Corsaut later had a continuing role as policeman Bumper Morgan's pawn-shop-owner friend on the 1975-1976 series The Blue Knight. In the series Adam-12, Corsaut portrayed Officer Pete Malloy's girlfriend Judy. She had a supporting role too as Head Nurse Bradley in the 1980s sitcom House Calls, and she appeared in several episodes of Matlock with star Andy Griffith. In addition, Corsaut played the role of nurse Jesse Brewer in 1977 on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital when long-time portrayer Emily McLaughlin was too ill to work.
As a writer, she coauthored The Mystery Reader's Quiz Book.

- "Pretty, auburn-haired actress Aneta Louise Corsaut was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on November 3, 1933."

- "Despite having left the screens for more that two decades now, the pretty, auburn-haired Aneta sill lives in the hearts of many film lovers."…

Sunday, 9 February 2020

1253) John Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 1940 – 1980). English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator.
Controversial through his political and peace activism, after moving to New York City in 1971, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon disengaged from the music business to raise his infant son Sean, and in 1980, returned with the Ono collaboration Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release.

- "But the one “same” Epstein could not conquer was John’s vivid auburn hair. John, like his mother, Julia, was a redhead."…/

- " His hair was very, very red, I remember being struck by that–because up til then, I wasn’t clear from pictures how red his hair was.”…/beatles%20hollywood.%20john%E2%80%…

1252) Julia Lennon

Julia Lennon (born Stanley; 1914 – 1958). Mother of English musician John Lennon, who was born during her marriage to Alfred Lennon. After complaints to Liverpool's Social Services by her eldest sister, Mimi Smith (née Stanley), she handed over the care of her son to her sister. She later had one daughter after an affair with a Welsh soldier, but the baby was given up for adoption after pressure from her family. She then had two daughters, Julia and Jackie, with John 'Bobby' Dykins. She never divorced her husband, preferring to live as the common-law wife of Dykins for the rest of her life.
She was known as being high-spirited and impulsive, musical, and having a strong sense of humour. She taught her son how to play the banjo and ukulele. She kept in almost daily contact with John, and when he was in his teens he often stayed overnight at her and Dykins' house. On 15 July 1958, she was struck down and killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman, close to her sister's house at 251 Menlove Avenue. Lennon was traumatised by her death and wrote several songs about her, including "Julia" and "Mother". 

- "At the Trocadero club, a converted cinema on Camden Road, Liverpool, he first saw an "auburn-haired girl with a bright smile and high cheekbones"; Julia Stanley."

- "He can still picture her red hair blowing in the wind."…/15th-july-1958-julia-lennon-is…/

- "Julia Stanley Lennon’s auburn hair was one of her best features..."…/

- "Julia Lennon had long auburn hair and an attractive face."…

 - "Julia Stanley - red-haired, exuberant, musical and headstrong - was only 14 when she began seeing a hotel bellboy, Alfred Lennon, to her parents' chagrin."…/john-lennon-what-really-hap…

1251) Andrew Gold

Andrew Maurice Gold (1951 – 2011). American singer, songwriter, musician and arranger. His works include the US Top 10 single "Lonely Boy" (1977), as well as "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978) and the UK Top Five hit "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978). He had further international chart success in the 1980s as the lead singer of Wax, a collaboration with English musician and songwriter Graham Gouldman.
Gold was a multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, bass, keyboards, accordion, synthesizer, harmonica, saxophone, flute, drums and percussion, and more arcane musical instruments such as ukulele, musette, and harmonium. He was also a producer, sound engineer, film composer, session musician, actor, and painter.
His mother was singer Marni Nixon and his father was Ernest Gold, an Austrian-born composer who won an Academy Award for his score for the movie Exodus.

- "He's got red hair like me, so there was no linguistics problem or anything. His is darker red, sort of like mine only darker red."

- "An hour later, I was at a songwriter event at the Ryman, and out came the heavy set red-haired guy on stage -- Andrew Gold!"…
- A gifted multi-instrumentalist, the red-haired, freckle-faced Gold mastered virtually anything he touched..."…

1250) Marni Nixon

Margaret Nixon McEathron (1930 – 2016), known professionally as Marni Nixon. American soprano and ghost singer for featured actresses in movie musicals. She is now recognized as the singing voice of leading actresses on the soundtracks of several musicals, including Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, although her roles were concealed from audiences when the films were released.
Besides her voice work in films, Nixon's career included roles of her own in film, television, opera and musicals on Broadway and elsewhere throughout the United States, performances in concerts with major symphony orchestras and recordings.
Mother of singer and musician Andrew Gold

- "The red‐haired singer, who was married formerly to Ernest Gold..."…/marni-nixon-is-singing-for-hersel…

- "When Marni was seven, conductor Moldrem got a call from Republic Pictures, looking for a red-haired little girl who could play the violin. The outcome was Marni’s first film..."

- “She got out of her car with her red hair and they all screamed..."…

- "Such purported secrecy meant that the red-haired, blue-eyed Nixon..."

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

1249) Geraldine Fitzgerald

Geraldine Mary Fitzgerald (1913 – 2005). Irish actress and a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald began her acting career in 1932 at Dublin's Gate Theatre and her success led her to New York and the Broadway stage in 1938. She made her American debut opposite Orson Welles in the Mercury Theatre production of Heartbreak House. Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis saw her in this production and subsequently signed her to a contract with Warner Bros. She had two significant successes in 1939: a role in the Bette Davis film Dark Victory, and an Academy Award nomination for her supporting performance as Isabella Linton in William Wyler's Wuthering Heights.
Her carreer lasted until the 80s, while in the 70s she returned to stage acting.
Fitzgerald married Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 4th Bt. in London on November 18, 1936. She was granted a divorce in Reno on August 30, 1946, after three years of separation. She had one son, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, by her first marriage, and a daughter, Susan Scheftel, by her second marriage to American businessman Stuart Straus Scheftel, grandson of Ida and Isidor Straus.

- "Geraldine Fitzgerald, the red-headed beauty of films from long ago, was coming to Pittsburgh."…/geraldine-fitzgerald-saint-pat…

- "Geraldine Fitzgerald, a feisty, gravel-voiced Dublin redhead who drew instant acclaim in her first Hollywood films..."…/geraldine-fitzgerald-91-star-of-s…

- "Was a redhead when she first went to Hollywood, but her hair photographed dark, so people have always assumed she was a brunette. In her only early color film, Wilson (1944), her hair was turned brown for her portrayal of Edith Wilson, so the public never saw her natural red hair."

- "Her longtime friend Norman Lloyd, also of the Mercury Theatre, said about her, “She was a staggeringly beautiful girl with the most delightful speech, a slight Irish tinge, not a thick brogue, and this glorious red hair.”

Sunday, 2 February 2020

1248) Patrice Wymore

Patrice Wymore Flynn (1926 – 2014). American film, television and stage actress of the 1950s and 1960s, known for her marriage to Errol Flynn.
Her first film appearance was in the 1950 film Tea for Two, opposite Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. That same year she starred in Rocky Mountain opposite Hollywood legend Errol Flynn, with whom she would become romantically involved. At the age of 23, she married the 41-year-old actor in October 1950.
She temporarily retired from Hollywood after giving birth to her daughter, Arnella Flynn, born December 25, 1953. In 1955 she appeared with her husband Errol Flynn and Anna Neagle in the film version of King's Rhapsody. Although only in his forties, Flynn was already in a physical and mental decline by the time they married. Wymore took a break from acting to care for her now ailing husband, and to better raise their daughter, while settling on their estate in Jamaica. However, due to Flynn's alcohol and drug addictions, the couple separated. They never divorced, however, and were still married at the time of his death on October 14, 1959.

- "The 41-year-old twice-married, swashbuckling movie hero was married to the red-haired starlet..."…

- "She was a gaunt woman in a pair of pink skinny jeans, her reddish-blonde hair concealed beneath a scarf..."…