Saturday, 3 April 2021

1367) Mary Anderson (born 1918)

Mary Bebe Anderson (1918 – 2014). American actress, who appeared in 31 films and 22 television productions between 1939 and 1965. She was best known for her small supporting role in the film Gone With the Wind as well as one of the main characters in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film Lifeboat.

- "Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O’Hara..."



1366) Mary Anderson (born 1859)

Mary Anderson (later Mary Anderson de Navarro; 1859 –1940). American theatre actress.

In 1877, she began an extensive US tour, culminating with a six-week engagement in Edward Bulwer Lytton's The Lady of Lyons. From this point she enjoyed a twelve-year career of unbroken success, with regular New York performances and US tours.

In 1883, after starring in an American production of W. S. Gilbert's Pygmalion and Galatea, she went on the London stage at the Lyceum Theatre, remaining in England for six years to perform to much acclaim including at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. In 1887 in London she appeared in The Winter's Tale in the double role of Perdita and Hermione (the first actress to include this innovation). This production ran to 160 performances, and was taken back to the United States.

In 1889, however, she collapsed on stage due to severe nervous exhaustion during a performance at Albaugh's Theatre in Washington. Disbanding her company, she announced her retirement at the age of 30.

She has been cited as a model for characters in the Mapp and Lucia novels of E F Benson (either the operatic soprano Olga Bracely or Lucia herself), as well as the prototype for the heroine of William Black's novel The Strange Adventures of a House-Boat.

- "... and crowning all a wealth of auburn hair, from which peeps, as she turns, a pink, shell-like ear..." 

- "She was famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for her red haired beauty, superb voice, and intelligent interpretations." 

- "The most highly esteemed native-born actress of the period was the beautiful, red-haired Mary Anderson."



Friday, 2 April 2021

1365) Virginia Heinlein

Virginia "Ginny" Heinlein (1916 – 2003), born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld. American chemist, biochemist, engineer, and the third wife and muse of Robert A. Heinlein, a prominent and successful author often considered as one of the "Big Three" of science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke).

- "A redheaded organic chemist and biochemist, she served as an inspiration for many of the active and talented red-haired women in Heinlein's stories."
- "Many of them have red hair, like Heinlein's wife Virginia."
- "She is red headed and quite much of an athlete..."


Thursday, 1 April 2021

1364) Herman Frasch

Herman Frasch [or Hermann Frasch] (1851 – 1914). German chemist, mining engineer and inventor known for his work with petroleum and sulphur.

- "His father then sent the blue-eyed, red-haired lad to Schwäbisch Hall..."
- "The young red-headed boy managed to find some time to amuse himself on his own..."


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

1363) Mary Slessor

Mary Mitchell Slessor (1848 – 1915). Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, Slessor learned Efik, one of the numerous local languages, then began teaching. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children. She is most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins in Okoyong, an area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

- "Slessor, 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes..."
- "With red hair, blue eyes and a strong Dundonian accent, she would have stood out among the other missionary workers."
- "Slessor... cut short her red hair and eat the local food..."


Monday, 29 March 2021

1362) Reginald A. Fessenden

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1866 – 1932). Canadian-born inventor, who did a majority of his work in the United States. During his life he received hundreds of patents in various fields, most notably ones related to radio and sonar. 

Fessenden is best known for his pioneering work developing radio technology, including the foundations of amplitude modulation (AM) radio. His achievements included the first transmission of speech by radio (1900), and the first two-way radiotelegraphic communication across the Atlantic Ocean (1906). In 1932 he reported that, in late 1906, he also made the first radio broadcast of entertainment and music, although a lack of verifiable details has led to some doubts about this claim.


- "Fay had met the imposing, red-haired Canadian a few years before at Bell Labs..."
- "When these characteristics emanated from a ginger-colored hair and bearded person..."
- "He certainly struck a fine figure, being over 6ft, sporting a head of ginger hair and a full beard."


1361) Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931). American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and early versions of the electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research laboratory.


- "... his long auburn hair fell over his eyes."


1360) Anna Case

Anna Case (1888/89 – 1984). American operatic soprano. She recorded with Thomas Alva Edison, who used her voice extensively in "tone tests" of whether a live audience could tell the difference between the actual singer and a recording. In addition to recordings for Edison Records on both phonograph cylinder and Diamond Disc, Case recorded for Victor and Columbia Records, and made sound film for Vitaphone.


- "Moreover, Anna Case was exquisite to behold, long-limbed in white satin, her auburn hair piled high..."


Sunday, 28 March 2021

1359) Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804 – 1869). French literary critic.

Sainte-Beuve published collections of poems and the partly autobiographical novel Volupté in 1834. After several books of poetry and a couple of failed novels, Sainte-Beuve began to do literary research, of which the most important publication resulting is Port-Royal.

Port-Royal, probably Sainte-Beuve's masterpiece, is an exhaustive history of the Jansenist abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champs, near Paris. It not only influenced the historiography of religious belief, but also the philosophy of history and the history of esthetics.

He was made Senator in 1865, in which capacity he distinguished himself by his pleas for freedom of speech and of the press. According to Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, "Sainte-Beuve was a clever man with the temper of a turkey!"


- "... inheriting from his half-English mother his red hair and robust frame..." 

- "... his hair pale red, very abundant, and at once stiff and fine."



1358) Charles Alexandre de Calonne

Charles Alexandre de Calonne (1734 – 1802), titled Count of Hannonville in 1759. French statesman, best known for his involvement in the French Revolution.

Realizing that the Parlement of Paris would never agree to reform, Calonne handpicked an Assembly of Notables in 1787 to approve new taxes. When they refused, Calonne's reputation plummeted and he was forced to leave the country.

- "Necker was succeeded by as Director-General of Finance by Charles-Alexandre de Calonne, a cheerful, amiable red-haired man of forty-seven..."


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

1357) Mary Helen Middleton

Mary Helen Middleton (née Hering, 1772 - 1850).

Daughter of Mary Inglis and British Army Captain Julines Hering.
In 1794 she married Henry Middleton, American planter and political leader from Charleston, South Carolina. He was the 43rd Governor of South Carolina. They had fourteen children. 
- "Both Mrs Middleton and Eliza also had red hair."


1356) Elizabeth Middleton Fisher

Elizabeth Middleton Fisher (1815 - 1890).

Daughter of Henry Middleton, planter and 43rd Governor of South Carolina. One of her siblings was Edward Middleton (1810 - 1883), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral most known for his service defending the United States Pacific borders during the Civil War.
In 1839 she married Joshua Francis Fisher, from whom she had six children. 
- "... she has no beauty and has red hair..."

1355) John Rogers

John Rogers (c. 1505 - 1555). English clergyman and Bible translator. First English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England.

"Thus John Rogers, the martyr, had red hair, as appears from a painting of him now in Harvard College; and accordingly red or light hair and sandy whiskers will be found to prevail in his descendants in this country to the present day. So powerful was his constitution, that it stamped its own impress upon the great majority of his descendants. Compare the number of Rogerses who have more or less admixture of the red in the colour of their hair, with the community as a whole, and the force of this hereditary fact will be too apparent to be controverted."*

Works on Phrenology, Physiology, and Kindred Subjects by Orson Squire Fowler, 1873.

*At present we haven't ascertained if the above painting is the same as that referenced in the quote. Obviously in the above painting the hair looks somewhat dark, so we would guess that the reference is to another work.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

1354) Agnes Baden-Powell

Agnes Smyth Baden-Powell (1858 – 1945). Younger sister of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell. She was most noted for her work in establishing the Girl Guide movement as a female counterpart to her older brother's Scouting Movement.

- "... Betty Clay... had pointed out that Agnes, like her brother, had red and not brwn hair."


1353) Robert Baden-Powell

Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857 – 1941). British Army officer, writer, founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Scout Movement, and founder, with his sister Agnes, of the world-wide Girl Guide / Girl Scout Movement. Baden-Powell authored the first editions of the seminal work Scouting for Boys, which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement.


- "ROBERT STEPHENSON SMYTH BADEN-POWELL was small and wiry and had receding red hair– an unlikely looking military hero."
- "He had a freckled face and red hair."





Friday, 19 February 2021

1352) Violet Constance Jessop

Violet Constance Jessop (1887 – 1971). Argentine ocean liner stewardess, memoirist and nurse who is known for surviving the disastrous sinkings of RMS Titanic in 1912 and her sister ship HMHS Britannic in 1916. In addition, she had been onboard RMS Olympic, the eldest of the three sister ships, when it collided with a British warship, HMS Hawke, in 1911.

- "With her auburn hair swept back her grey-blue eyes sparkled, set off by a petite nose and regal cheek bones."
- "Nevertheless Violet, who had grey-blue eyes, auburn hair and spoke with an Irish accent..."
- "A small woman with auburn hair and an Irish lilt, Violet Jessop spent most of her life working as an ocean liner stewardess."


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

1351) Elena Verdugo

Elena Angela Verdugo (1925 – 2017). American actress who began in films at the age of five in Cavalier of the West (1931). Her career in radio, television, and film spanned six decades.


- "When CBS offered her the part of this dumb blonde, It meant she had to bleach her beautiful red hair... “I think nature knows best.” she continued, “and I think my auburn hair was a better contrast to my light skin."


Saturday, 2 January 2021

1350) June Allyson

June Allyson (born Eleanor Geisman; 1917 – 2006). American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer.

Allyson began her career in 1937 as a dancer in short subject films and on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor. Allyson's "girl next door" image was solidified during the mid-1940s when she was paired with actor Van Johnson in six films. In 1951, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Young to Kiss. From 1959 to 1961, she hosted and occasionally starred in her own anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, which aired on CBS.
In the 1970s, she returned to the stage starring in Forty Carats and No, No, Nanette. In 1982, Allyson released her autobiography June Allyson by June Allyson, and continued her career with guest starring roles on television and occasional film appearances.
- "... the diminutive 5'1" (1.55 m), weighing less than 100 pounds, red-headed Allyson landed a chorus job in the Broadway show Sing out the News in 1938."


1349) Grace Bradley

Grace Bradley (1913 – 2010). American film actress who was active in Hollywood during the 1930s.

- "The petite, seductive and sassy Bradley, who never made a colour film, was a redhead but was frequently seen as a blonde."
- "Specializing in hard-boiled roles, the redheaded performer was seen in such melodious musical films as Anything Goes (1936) and Wake Up and Live (1937)."


Friday, 1 January 2021

1348) Katharine Brush

Katharine Brush (1902 – 1952). American newspaper columnist, short-story writer, and novelist. In the era of the 1920s-1930s, she was considered one of the country's most widely-read fiction writers, as well as one of the highest paid women writers of her time; several of her books were best-sellers, and several others were made into movies.

- "Katharine was described a small woman with dark red hair and an acquiline nose which she was said to deplore."