Women

Fascinating Women: Florence Lawrence

Though Mary Pickford is associated with the early days of American cinema, it was her fellow Canadian Florence Lawrence who is the first movie star. Born on New Year’s Day in 1890, the Hamilton, Ontario native entered show business at the age of four, traveling the vaudeville circuit as “Baby Flo – The Child Wonder …

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Fascinating Women: Maud Humphrey

Maud Humphrey was yet another who took full advantage of the widening opportunities for educated young women at the turn-of-the-century. Though she is now known for being the mother of Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart, I think it quite fair for her equally compelling life to be pulled out of the footnotes of history. Maud …

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Fascinating Women: Nell Brinkley

Though unfairly forgotten, Nell Brinkley was just as popular and successful during America’s “golden age of illustration” (1880s-1910s) as her male counterparts, Charles Dana Gibson, James Montgomery Flagg, and Howard Chandler Christy, to name a few illustration titans. The product of a solid Mid-Western upbringing and possessing no formal training, Nell’s natural talent came to …

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