For National Redhead Day: Top Redheads of Classic Stage and Screen

Not for nothing, in addition to being Guy Fawkes Day, November 5 happens to be National Red Head Day — perhaps because red heads are said to be fiery and tempestous…just the type to start explosions, with or without gunpowder!

At any rate, it seemed a logical occasion to celebrate many of the classic stage and screen stars who distinquished themselves by accentuating this becoming trait and whom we have paid tribute to here on Travalanche. (We just did dames here today; it seems the entire POINT of a redhead!) Just follow the links to learn more about them:

Babe Egan and Her Hollywood Redheads (that’s them on the poster above, as well)

Irene Franklin (whose vaudeville theme song was “Red Head”)

Ginger Rogers (was in a vaudeville trio called “The Redheads”)

Inez Courtney

Lucille Ball

Maureen O’Hara

Virginia Mayo

Rhonda Fleming

Arlene Dahl

Deborah Kerr

Ann-Margret

Carol Burnett

Tempest Storm

Betty Rowland

Hope Dare Davis (“The redheads always get them, don’t they?”)

Rita Hayworth (her natural color, though she often switched it up for parts)

Myrna Loy (ditto)

Susan Hayward (ditto)

Vivian Blaine (ditto)

Clara Bow (starred in Red Hair in 1928)

Dixie Lee (the lead redhead in Redheads on Parade, 1935, which also featured Shirley Deane, Althea Henley, and Lynn Bari)

June Lang (star of the 1941 comedy Red Head)

Miriam Hopkins (portrayed Mrs Leslie Carter in 1940s’ The Lady with Red Hair)

In the 1930 comedy short Red Heads, dress shop owner Nat Carr advertises for redheaded models, and encounters Mona Ray, Bessie Hill, Ethel Davis, Catherine Wallace and Joan Gaylord

Ella Hall (star of Polly Redhead, 1917) — post pending

Grace Bradley (star of Redhead, 1934, produced by Dorothy Davenport) — post pending

Jean Porter (portrayed the relevant character in Two Blondes and a Redhead, 1947) — post pending

To learn more about the variety arts, including vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous