Man, I Feel Like a Woman!
This special edition of my Sewing Circle series was BIRTHED by the backlog of SEW many…too many, “Look Like a Man” actresses. Did men of the early 20th century have a proclivity towards manly wo-men just as men of the early 21st century appear to be leaning towards “boys with breasts?” What attributes did men find attractive about women before Hollywood was calling the shots? I’m hoping it was something like this:
The female presence aided in the active construction of society, and the manifestation of qualities such as compassion, care, protection, and love. Although these qualities are not restricted to the female gender, having a stronger female presence in society helped build a more just and equitable community. Upliftconnect.com
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves. Tom Wolfe
That “someone she loves” could be another woman. That beautiful “woman” could also be a man. The Divine Masculine and Feminine roles sometimes overlap, but ultimately they have clearly defined functions to fulfill and this Sewing Circle series is my small attempt to encourage readers to stop supporting Hollywood’s subversive agenda to confuse the issue. Compassion, care, protection, and love have no role to play in Hollywood. Never have and never will.
Flora Finch (1867-1940) starred in over 300 silent films. She(?) was born into a music hall and travelling theatrical family in London and was taken to the United States as a young child. Her only spouse was some shadowy figure named Harold March (? – ?).
Mary Nash (born Mary Honora Ryan 1884 – 12/3/1976) adopted the surname of her stepfather, Philip F. Nash, a vaudeville booking executive. In 1918, she wed French actor, writer and director Jose Ruben (1888–1969); they divorced after a brief (childless) marriage.
Daisy Cordell (1885 – 3/22/1959) was “supposedly” an exquisitely gorgeous English lady who starred in many romantic, adventure and crime movies. Her husbands name was Evelyn Roberts. Gee, where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah, Evelyn Lutman Roberts, wife of Oral Roberts.
Wikipedia informs us that Daisy Cordell’s husband Evelyn (died 11/30) was educated at the Guildhall School of Music, where “SHE” was a contemporary of DAISY Burrell. All of a sudden everything’s coming up daisies…or maybe not. Daisy Burrell had a complicated family history, marred by early deaths.
Her grandfather, Charles George Ratton, was a stockbroker from an Anglo-Portuguese Roman Catholic family. In 1867 he married Isabella Iphigenia de Pavia but he died in 1873, aged only 25, leaving a young son and daughter. His widow, Daisy’s grandmother, married Hassan Farreed the next year and died in 1890, aged 42. In 1891, Daisy’s father, Charles Morris Ratton, married Ethel Eaglesfield Griffith, the daughter of another stockbroker, but in 1892, the year Daisy Ratton was born, he died at the age of 24.
Gene Gauntier (1885-1966) was an American screenwriter and actress who was one of the pioneers of the early motion picture industry. In 1912 she married actor Jack J. Clark. Their childless union ended in 1918. Clark remarried until his death in 1947. He left behind no progeny.
Gene’s sister, Marguerite Gauntier Liggett (pictured above, far right) was married to Swedish billionaire Axel Wenner-Gren. Wenner-Gren owned newspapers, banks and arms manufacturers among many other things. Marguerite did not produce an heir to his vast fortune.
Dale Fuller (1885-1948) was an American actress who appeared in 67 films between 1915 and 1935. She never married.
Florence Lawrence (1886-1938) is often referred to as “The First Movie Star.” When Florence left Biograph for IMP, the former company knowingly reported that Lawrence had been killed by a street car in New York City. IMP’s head Carl Laemmle countered on 3/3/1910 with the famous headline, “We Nail A Lie.”
Laemmle generated attention by falsely claiming that Lawrence’s St. Louis fans were so excited to learn that she had not died that they rushed her in a frenzy and tore her clothes off. Due to Laemmle’s ingenuity, the “star system” was born.
Lawrence was married three times and had no children.
On December 28, 1938, Lawrence ingested cough syrup and ant paste at her home in West Hollywood. Lawrence’s neighbor Marian Menzer called an ambulance but doctors were unable to save Lawrence who died at 2:45 (11). Lawrence’s funeral was held on 12/30 (33).
I used to sit in my dressing room at the studio and wonder just how much longer I could keep making believe. Florence Lawrence
Iva Shepard (1886-1973) was an American silent film actress. She did not appear in films after 1918, but made guest appearances in two 1955 episodes of I Love Lucy. Shepard was married twice. Iva hunch that she was anatomically unable to have children.
Hilda Moore (1890-1929) was a British film and stage actress who served in WWI with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY.) We are told that she had a son but she “died” from after catching an infection from her 5-year-old son. Her illness lasted 6 days.
Jose Collins (1887-1958) was the actress daughter of music hall performer Lottie Collins who popularized the song “Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!” Jose Collins was married three times: firstly, in 1911, to Leslie Chatfield; secondly in 1920 Lord Robert Edward Innes-Ker (brother of Henry John Innes-Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe); and thirdly to Dr Gerald Kirkland. Collins had no children by any of her marriages.
Madge Titheradge (1887-1961) was an Australian-born actress. Madge Titheradge’s first marriage, to actor Charles Quartermaine, was dissolved in 1918. In 1928 she married American business man Edgar Park and temporarily retired from the stage, returning in 1932. After her husband’s death in 1938 she suffered progressively bad health, and spent the last twenty years of her life as an invalid.
Phyllis Neilsen-Terry (1892-1977) was an English actress. She was a member of the third generation of the the theatrical dynasty the Terry family. Here’s a picture of her “mother” Julia.
Finally, here are some more members of the Terry theatrical acting dynasty.
Kate Terry, Ellen Terry, Florence Terry, Edith Craig, Mabel Terry-Lewis, Robin Craig.
I’m so confused!