Famous red heads through the ages

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe who was born Norma Jeane Mortenson was an American model and actress. Although she was famous for playing “blonde bombshell” characters she was naturally a redhead. She was born in June 1926 and passed away in august 1962.



Galileo Galilei

Galileo was known as the father of modern physics. Born in 1564 he believed that the sun was the center of the galaxy and that planets including earth revolved around it. He was arrested for his theories as they conflicted with the catholic church. His theories were considered heretical.



Florence nightingale

Florence was born in Italy in 1820 and was best know for her nursing work during the Crimean war in 1854. She improved the hygiene standards in a hospital in Turkey reducing the number of deaths caused by poor hygiene.  She was a key figure in introducing professional training standards for nurses.



Henry VIII

Henry VIII was the second ruler from the House of Tudors. He is famous for his many wives and his decision to execute several of them. He broke away from the Catholic church, creating his own Church of England which we know and love today.


Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII (above) and they were both red heads. Her mother was Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn. She was the last of the five monarchs of the house of Tudor as she died without having any children. She was the first Queen Elizabeth in history with our current Queen being the second.


Malcolm X

Malcom X born Malcolm Little, Malcolm X was an American human right activist and was a famous figure in the civil rights movement in America. He served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and 1960s. He was indeed naturally red headed and died in 1965 in New York due from gunshot wounds.







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