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Famous Redheads Throughout History

Updated on May 7, 2016
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Anna is a writer who wears many other hats, and has a wealth of experience that she draws from, sometimes funny, sometimes serious.

Proud to Be Red!

I am proud to be a redhead, and I have some really great company! There have been many famous redheads throughout history! As far back as biblical times, even. Both Adam and Mary Magdalene are often portrayed in art as having red hair. There is no way to know if this is true, and I'm not trying to starting a debate on that issue.

There are many great redheads throughout history; artists, world leaders, actors and actresses, writers and painters. There are also some redheads that I wish we didn't have to claim. Some are natural redheads, and some are just wanna-be's. I can't blame the people that want to be a redhead! Redheaded women are beautiful, and redheaded men are sexy!!!

Prince Harry
Prince Harry

World Leaders

There have been many leaders throughout history that have been 'ginger', if you will. Eric the Red received his name because of his red beard and hair. It may have also been due to his often fiery temper, a rumored trait of many redheads. Richard the Lionheart, a great king was a redhead, as were Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Queen Elizabeth the First was often depicted with red hair in paintings. This hair was actually a wig. Her own hair fell out at a rather young age due to the lead that was in the cream used at the time to whiten her skin. Seems Europe is full of redheads, including Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte, as well. The troublemaking Prince Harry is the most famous current royal redhead.

Several Presidents have also been redheads, including Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren.

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Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
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Napoleon

Sexy Redheaded Women of the Early Age of Stage and Screen

When you talk of the early age of stage and screen, several redheads come to mind; Rita Hayworth (who was not a natural redhead) Lucille Ball (who used to joke that she couldn't remember her natural hair color), Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn. There are so many more. Some are better known than others.

Marilyn Monroe was actually born a redhead, though she is most famous as a blonde. Bette Davis, famous for her beautiful eyes, and her role in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" was also a redhead.

Clara Bow was one of the first stars of the screen, landing a role in "Beyond the Rainbow" in 1921 after winning a magazine contest. She went on to star in many films, an astounding 14 films in the year of 1925 alone. She earned the name, "The It Girl", after her role in the 1927 film, "IT"(not to be confused with the Stephen King movie of the same name).

Other famous redheads of the early years include, Mitzi Gaynor, who started in the musical, South Pacific, and Shirley MacLaine who has starred in numerous films. And who could forget Raquel Welch? Apparently I did...

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Lucille Ball
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Maureen O'Hara
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Mitzi Gaynor
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Clara Bow
Norma Jean Baker (aka Marilyn Monroe)
Norma Jean Baker (aka Marilyn Monroe)

Beautiful Big Screen Celebs of Today

Now, I have already talked about the sexy redheads of the big screen from the early days, so now it's only fair that I make note of the more recent crop of carrot-topped women on the silver screen.

Some more notable names include the redheaded queen of the eighties, Molly Ringwald, delightfully funny, Madeline Kahn, and the gorgeous Nicole Kidman. Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts and Lindsay Lohan also come quickly to mind. As I said before, some of these may not be natural redheads.

There are a few lesser known redheads that I feel bear mention. One of those is Isla Fisher, who starred in Wedding Crashers alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Another is Frances Fisher who starred in the mega-hit movie, Titanic, as the mother of Rose. Natasha Lyonne received acclaim in Woody Allen's film, Everyone Says I Love You, and virtual unknown, Franka Potente starred in the amazing movie, Run Lola Run.


I loved Amy Adams in Enchanted, so did my daughter. Emma Stone is another beautiful redheaded actress that I am a huge fan of!

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Franka Potente in Run Lola Run
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Julia Roberts
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Molly Ringwald
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Julianne Moore
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Nicole Kidman
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Amy Adams in Enchanted.  My daughter loved this movie!!
Amy Adams in Enchanted. My daughter loved this movie!!
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Kate Winslet

Gorgeous Redheaded Women on TV

Beautiful redheads are not restricted to the big screen alone. The small screen is full of beautiful redheaded women! Comedies and dramas alike star redheads in a variety of roles. From the sometimes evil, and devious character played by Marcia Cross on Desperate Housewives to the funny, and sometimes crazy, character of Grace on Will & Grace, played by Debra Messing, who has gone on to star in the hit show, Smash, which has since been cancelled. I'm not sure why. I loved that show.

Gillian Anderson is a well known star of The X-Files, where she played a very smart FBI agent who was often at odds with her partner. She now makes appearances on the show Hannibal, but as a blonde. Marilu Henner played the main female character on the much loved TV show, Taxi. Alyson Hannigan got her start on the show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under had two redheaded actresses in Lauren Ambrose and Frances Conroy.

One of my favorite shows has a redhead among their cast/staff, whatever you want to call it. That show is Mythbusters. Kari Byron does a great job adding a much needed female element to a show that is most often watched by men.

A somewhat lesser known redhead of the small screen is an actress by the name of Felicia Day, who has done voice over work for the Disney show, Fish Hooks, and for video games. She got her start with a web show called The Guild. She has also made appearances on the show Supernatural.

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Gillian Anderson
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Lauren Ambrose
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Alyson Hannigan
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Debra Messing
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Marcia Cross
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Felicia Day

The Redheaded Men

I can't include just the redheaded women of television and films. I have to include the men as well. Most are remarkably talented, some are incredibly sexy. One exception to both of these remarks is Danny Bonaduce. Sorry, but it's true.

Some better examples of sexy redheaded men are Robert Redford, Damian Lewis, who starred in Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, a TV show called Life, where he plays a police officer falsly convited of murder, clears his name and dedicates himself to finding out who framed him, and the new show, Homeland; and the cute and funny, Seth Green, who currently provides the voice for Chris, on the hit cartoon, Family Guy, as well as being one of the minds behind the Cartoon Network show, Robot Chicken.

Other talented redheaded men include Philip Seymore Hoffman, Eric Stoltz, star of many movies, including Mask and Some Kind of Wonderful, and now works behind the camera, as well; and Ron Howard, who got his start on The Andy Griffith Show as Opie, went on to star on Happy Days, and is now an acclaimed director.

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Damian Lewis
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Seth Green
The matter has been rectified...Heeeeeer's Conan!!!
The matter has been rectified...Heeeeeer's Conan!!!
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Rupert Grint
 Michael Cudlitz as Abraham on The Walking Dead!!
Michael Cudlitz as Abraham on The Walking Dead!!
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Robert Redford

Redheads in Music

When I originally wrote this, I had intended to include a section on the amazing redheads of the music industry. Truth is, I got tired. I wanted to go to bed. So, thanks for the reminder from Nicole Winter!!

The music industry is full of redheads. Some of them are genuine, and some of them are just wanna-be's, but either way, they make up some of my favorite artists.

Classical music even has a hint of red thanks to composer Antonio Vivaldi, who wrote The Four Seasons , a four part violin concerto, and Tomaso Albinoni, who is most well known for his opera "Zenobia, Regina de Palmireni".

Country has a crop of carrot-topped talent, including Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, and the legendary Willie Nelson. Willie has written and recorded numerous songs, including "Crazy" which was made popular by my favorite country singer, Patsy Cline (sadly, she was not a redhead, but I still love her anyway).

Girly, pop music of the eighties and nineties had it's share of redheads. Belinda Carlisle and Tiffany come to mind. "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" was a popular song that the redheaded Kiki Dee sang as a duet with Elton John. A newer crop of women are making waves on the music scene in a far different way. Tori Amos is a personal favorite of mine! A recent newcomer to the music scene is A Fine Frenzy, with a beautiful redhead singing haunting music, including the song, "Almost Lover".

Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses has red hair, as does Dave Mustaine of Megadeath. More redheads make up the fringes of rock, the alternative rock scene. Shirley Manson of Garbage, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Keith Flint of the Prodigy are just a few. Others include Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Trey Anastasio of every stoners favorite band, Phish, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

That is a lot of artists, across a wide range of music, and I know I forgot some. I did my best, and know I am still getting comments on artists I have missed. Keep 'em coming.

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Reba McEntire
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Tiffany
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My Favorite, Tori Amos
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A Fine Frenzy
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Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses
Shirley Manson of Garbage
Shirley Manson of Garbage
A young Danny Bonaduce from his days on The Patridge Family
A young Danny Bonaduce from his days on The Patridge Family

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      Anna Marie Bowman 17 months ago from Florida

      I said that not all of them are natural redheads, some have gained fame as a redhead, though.

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      Sbutterb 18 months ago

      Allison and Debra are not real redheads

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Eric--Hmmm..it seems that you are right. I don't know where I got my information from, but when I had originally done the research, it appeared correct. I will fix it immediately. Thank you!!!

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      Eric 3 years ago

      Custer was NOT a redhead. He had very blonde hair, hence his nickname, "Yellow hair" which was given to him by many Indian tribes, his ancestors have blonde hair, and was the name of a book about him and was the name of a documentary film about him. Only 'night at the museum pt.2' shows him as a redhead, but Hollywood always tries to show redheads as negative people, and when making a film about a great redhead (rob Roy, Thomas Jefferson, etc) they change their hair colour to brown or blonde. We hope you correct this on your page. Thank you.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      Wizzy-- I hope you do. Maybe that will give them something to think about!!

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      Wizzy red 4 years ago

      Thank you so much next time someone picks on me at school coz of my hair I'm showing them the site. Remember Elizabeth 1!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      raymond-- Very interesting!!! I will have to look her up!! Sounds like fun!

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      raymond laundrie 4 years ago

      boudicea a celtic warrior queen about 60 bc gave the romans a thrashing in england . she gave them a few beatings colcester ,london . dont know how she died {killed herself or fell ill and died} there are no english records only roman records of her

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Liam-- Interesting information. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you do find a fair redhead to keep you company.

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      Liam2268 5 years ago

      well ginger from 8 weeks ago, little story now to clear the air, When Christianity came to the blessed Island called Eire, this was many centuries before the Danes, in fact most the Irish on that Island were indeed from Iberian Celtic descent, and the wife of Mil was is lore is correct the daughter of the pharaoh of Egypt, and or a Jewish princess, therefore , having stated as such many in Ireland are and have had a rather dark hair and eyes, for example Colin Farrel, or Gabriel Byrnes, or Delores O'Riordan when not dyed blonde all of the Corrs oh how i love Andrea perfect angel she is. So while the light Haired and fair complected Irish and we love all of our brothers and sisters come from a Norse ancestry I don't think the term is all together racist for it does not invoke an insult to all Irish people at once, now Paddy or Mick would be different. As for reds I think they are gorgeous altogether and would welcome any fair red head into my life so far as she would be willing to put up with a gobshite like meself.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      connie-- I hate to say it, but Reba dyes her hair now, too.

      boom-chicka-boom-- LOL! Thanks for the comment!!

      Tomek-- You must draw a lot of attention!! Best wishes to you out in Poland!!

      redsouth-- Yes, Carrot Top is famous, but he is far too shameful to show up on this list...LOL

      bryan-- Poppy Montgomery!! Thanks for the addition. This was written several years ago, and I had never heard of her. I really need to update this thing...

      Leslie-- As I have stated in the article, as well as several times in the comments, not all of these people are natural redheads.

      KingMegaTwigg-- Hmmm...I mentioned him, but did not include a picture...I swear, people do not read these things..

      Chris-- I could do without the sunburns, too!!

      mmm-- Thanks for the addition!!

      Ginger-- I would love to see a picture, not a painting, of Jefferson or Napoleon. That would be interesting. And any pictures I have ever seen of Churchill were when he was old and gray. And it's Custer, not Custard...They did not worship Druids. Druids were like priests. They worshiped pagan gods.

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      mmm 5 years ago

      you forgot Karen Gillian from Doctor who.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Thanks for the list, im a ginger- and i dont mind, in fact, i enjoy my hair color. Ive seen comments here and people i see around in school or elsewhere and you can tell they dont like gingers- its helped me pick real friends, plus i like being relatively unique, but i can do without the sun burn- haha

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      KingMegaTwigg 5 years ago

      Where is Dave Mustaine?

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      Leslie 5 years ago

      Most of these people aren't even natural redheads dude?!

      Amy Adams is a blonde as well as Kate winslet, and Julia Roberts.

      A fine frenzy, she as well admitted to dying it, Tori Amos always wanted to be a redhead! Nicole Kidman and so Manu others on this list are wannabe redheads! Get your facts straight-.- still redheads rule!!!!!!

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      bryan 5 years ago

      Red is so hot but dont forget poppy montgomery thanks for the entertainment.

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      redsouth 5 years ago

      excuse me... WHERE'S CARROT TOP!? Is he not famous...?

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      Tomek 5 years ago

      Redheads are thought to be more common in Anglo-American, Scandinavian and German culture.

      But I'm from Poland and I'm a redhead. I must say that I've been considered as someone different. It catches people's attention anyway.

      Sometimes it helps, sometimes not. But it's always good to be proud of being a red haired.

      Regards from Poland,

      Tomek

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      connie 5 years ago

      i am a redhead and when i was younger the more i got out in the sun the redder it got (and i also burned), but now that i am a few years older my hair doesn't get that red again. i miss it so i have to resort to dyeing it using revlon 'bright auburn". not far that we can't stay our youthful red color. would love to have reba's red all the time.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Huachi-- I am so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for all the suggestions!!! There are so many, I could make a few Hubs about redheads!!!

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      Huachi 5 years ago

      I have truly enjoyed reading all the posts!!! I wish I was a redhead ... I have a funky dirty blonde, but when I get alot of sun red highlights come out!!! One of the sweetest students I have taught has bright red/orange hair, he is the product of both parents being red headed (long live the red heads!!) How about Clay Aiken, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson,Bette Midler, Ginger Baker,I know Carol Burnett was mentioned but what about Vickie Lawerence?? Actress Tina Louise (Ginger fron Gilligan's Island)Oh, and Sarah Ferguson!!! Anyway, hope I haven't repeated any/many .... again, I enjoyed this!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Ron S-- I agree on both counts, especially after the creation of such holidays as "kick a ginger day". Who creates a holiday that calls for violence against another person? If someone created "kick a homosexual day", the ACLU, GLAAD, and various other organizations would be calling for criminal action against them for inciting violence against a group of people.

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      RonS 5 years ago

      Join me in two efforts to protect redheads:

      1. they need to be a protected minority under US laws.

      2. the word "Ginger" needs to become as politcally incorrect as "nigger"

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Servus-- I know some of the people on this list are not natural redheads. I made reference to that. Some just want to be redheads.

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      Servus 5 years ago

      Gillian Anderson and Kate Winslet are *NOT* natural redheads, although Gillian is very fair-skinned and can pass off as a redhead when her hair is dyed red. Gillian Anderson looks stunning as a redhead, by the way.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Terese-- While I appreciate the link, I don't like to rely on a source like Wikipedia, that can often contain flawed information. I prefer to do my own research.

      Kim-- I agree!!!

      BEEGEE-- I love Ann Margaret!!

      Alleigha-- She was not born blonde. If you look at earlier photos of her, she has reddish colored hair. She dyed it blonde and gained fame as being a blonde.

      Anonymous-- Shaun White is awesome!!!

      Lora-- I had no idea Colin Firth was really a redhead...I'll have to check that out! Don't know who Boudicea is, but I'll find out!

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      Lora 5 years ago

      What about Colin Firth - hes a redhead, uses dye.

      Boudicea...fiery lady

      Winston Churchill

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      Alleigha 5 years ago

      Marilyn Monroe was not a redhead. She was born with blonde hair then it turned brown. So she is indeed a natural brunette.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Clayton--Glad you liked it...Felicia Day...despite being a fan of several of those shows, I can't seem to put a face to the name. I guess I will look her up. Sure that once I see who she is, I will remember her. Thanks for the addition!!!

      jay kay-- It is possible to have hair follicles of different colors, sort of like having freckles...My daughter's hair seems to be all colors at once. It's sort of brown, sort of blond and sort of red. Hard to really decide exactly what color it really is.

      SydF--- Thanks so much!!!

      Luna-- Thanks for the additions!!! I seem to have forgotten a lot...

      Irishjer-- I will take your word for that one!

      Dave-- Just because he was painted a certain way, doesn't mean it is accurate.

      Sarah-- I have no idea who that is, but thank you for the addition!

      Abigail-- Thank you so much!!! I love Laura Prepon!!!

      llrak-- Kate who??

      mtsi-- Glad you enjoyed it enough to re-read!!!

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      great hub...not the first time I have read it but I re-read every time...thanks

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      Abigail 6 years ago

      Great site! Here are a few to add:

      Rupert Grint, J.K. Rowling, Molly Quinn, Rachel McAdams (in The Notebook), The Olsen Twins (when they were young), Laura Prepon, Lily Cole, Christina Hendricks, Cintia Dicker

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      What about Jenny Lewis?!

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      DAVE 6 years ago

      Napoleon had red hair? But he has brown? I'm confused :\

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      Irishjer 6 years ago

      Lead singer of Paramore is sexy, she's a redhead.

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      Luna 6 years ago

      Nice article, but I think you forgot Simone Simons of Epica, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Emilie Autumn, and Molly C Quinn, among others.

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      jay kay 6 years ago

      So Sorry.... some text missing...meant to say not everyone can pull it off..you have to have the right skin tone. IMO

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      jay kay 6 years ago

      Hi, love your article, I am a brunette/auburn haired lady! it is possible to have hair follicles of more than one colour.I could meet someone out and they'd think I dyed my hair brown...depends on the light! My mother is a redhed, She's beautiful.. I got her skin but mix of my parents hair! So because of my skin I think I look more redhed..I'm getting greys now so dye it auburn as brown is too dark for my skin! Up yours to the person who think's dyed hair doesn't make the cut. X

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      Clayton 6 years ago

      I just found your page today and love it. I was originally a light red-head, but time has toned down my hair to white. (Mustache has stayed a deep red though).

      I have another red to add to your collection. My current favorite red-haired actress, Felicia Day. She has had roles on House, Monk, and Roommates, as well as being Vi in the last season of Buffy. More recently she is in the SyFy Channel's movie Red and series Eureka, and has her own web-series, The Guild. A wonderful, beautiful, talented woman.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Mary Ann-- The "Flying Tomato"? Do you mean Shaun White? Carrot Top...hmmm...

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      Mary Ann 6 years ago

      Ah, I love to see an article on redheads, just cuz I have red hair! How about the snowboarding guy...the "Flying Tomato" and Carrot Top?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Timothy-- Ziggy Stardust era Bowie!!! Love him!

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      Timothy O'Mahony 6 years ago

      David Bowie needs to get a mention

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Janet-- Interesting information. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing that!!

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      Janet 6 years ago

      When hair samples from the mummy of Ramesses II were examined microscopically, it was found that he had natural red hair and more than likely came from a family of red heads.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Guy-- Are you referring to King David from the Bible? I had no idea... Thanks for the addition!

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      Guy 6 years ago

      You've forgotten a VERY important redhead- King David!

      Regardless, great article and kudos on the research..

      (BTW, I'm blonde but I still think redheads rule.. :] )

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Mons-- Ewan McGregor!! Yumm!!!

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      Mons 6 years ago

      One of the most beautiful men of the world has said himself that his natural hair is "reddish" and you can see that in his movie "trainspotting". He colours his hair all the time, but he has red beard sometimes. And his name is Ewan McGregor. He is so cute and nice.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Neil-- Glad you liked it!!

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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      I "Love" Read heads..... Thanks for the tribute.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Antinegro-- Seems we have a Megadeath fan here!

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      Antinegro  6 years ago

      Hail Dave Mustaine!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      tracy-- Thanks! I didn't either, until I did some research.

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      Tracy 6 years ago from San Francisco

      This was really fun to read. Lots of history here!! I did not know that Winston Churchill was a readhead! Nor Johnny Rotten:)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      carolina-- I love redheads, but then, I'm a little biased. Thanks!!!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Halleluia!!! Finally, a tribute to redheads-- KUDOS!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Erin-- Thank you for the great additions!!!! Love Anne Bonny...somehow forgot about her...thank you!!!

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      Erin 6 years ago

      I have a few more world leaders you could mention. Queen Boudica (who helped Ancient England rebel against Rome) is always described as a "fiery redhead". Also Anne Bonny (my personal favorite) is one of the only successful women pirates. She sailed with Calico Jack Rackham and is said to have been more fearless in battle than any man. (She was Irish born redhead)

      -And best of all they are both naturals. :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      ReginaPhalange-- First off, I love the Friends reference in your name. Cute!! Second, I do mention at the very beginning that some of them are wanna-be redheads. Those that became famous with red hair, even if it wasn't their natural color.

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      ReginaPhalange 6 years ago

      What's in a person's hair color? Nothing, really. Some of those redheads came from a bottle. Julianne Moore, Axl Rose, Seth Green and a couple of others are the only real redheads there. Julia Roberts has been quoted as saying, "My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair." I will grant that she's one of the few people who looks good as a blonde, a brunette or a redhead. Not everyone can pull that off.

      Sarah Michelle Gellar was a blonde by the time Buffy went of the air, but she started out with brown hair, the same color she had when she was on All My Children. Does that make her a blonde? Lucy Lawless was a brunette for years on Xena: Warrior Princess, but she's really a blonde.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Bre-- It's great when we can come to terms with our red hair, and take pride in it. Seeing all the amazing people who have had red hair, just makes you feel good.

      naikarrah-- I love Miranda!!

      Robert-- Though discrimination has lessened some over history, we used to be thought of as witches, evil, etc, I have felt some discrimination over having red hair. I am automatically seen as having a temper or an attitude, so I already have a strike against me, though I have done nothing.

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      Robert Redhead 6 years ago

      I have felt a form of racism? as a red head man I feel. It is nice to see an non-derogatory site about redheads. I read through the entire page, I couldn't stop reading. Thanx. Also, has anyone else felt descriminated against based on their red roots?

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      simone tagliaferro. 6 years ago

      william shakespeare was redhead? i like to know that.and dave mustane of megadeth?is he rehead?i just love redhead geri halliwell hair. her hair is jut phenomenal.

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      naikarrah 6 years ago

      miranda hobbes, from Sex and the City?

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      Bre 6 years ago

      Yayyyy i love this stuff, its funny how i went through school being teased and picked on when i was younger. I hated being different and had low self esteem. Then i grew up and all of a sudden boys went from ewww carrot top to heyyyy i love red heads. Now its like fighting em off. We stick out, the plain blondes and brunettes blend in. Love it. What's even funnier is that iv NEVER met a redheaded guy that i thought was cute and could never see myself dating one. yuck. Well guess what? ...yup. Hes not my usual type but hes sooo sweet, guess ill be helping out the population ;) Strange i haven't seen much about our -tempers- yet, the boys are the worst!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      jude-- Never knew that! Thank you!!

      simone-- The spice girl? She is quite pretty.

      Diane-- Thank you!

      Lorraine-- This was never meant to be an extensive list. I appreciate your additions, though!! Thank you!!!

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      Lorraine Chandler 6 years ago

      Yes, Jeanette MacDonald was a true redhead;

      Others not yet mentioned:

      Nelson Eddy

      Spencer Tracy

      Van Johnson

      Dick Foran

      Red Buttons

      Pat O`Brien

      Charles Bickford

      Greer Garson

      Myrna Loy

      Irene Dunne

      Maureen O`Hara

      Shirley Temple

      Nanette Fabray

      Samantha Eggar

      Annette O`Toole

      I have natural auburn-red hair.

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      Diane 6 years ago

      What about Jeanette MacDonald? She was a true redhead.

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      jude teal 6 years ago

      Good post - but you misse one of the most famous redheads in hsitroy. Marie Antoinette was a redhead - her brothers called her "carrots"

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      jana-- You sound like a very proud parent. Congrats to you on having three wonderful children!

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      jana setty 6 years ago

      there are many beautiful redheads. my daughter alana sky has to be one of the most beautiful. a plus awesome athlete and a nominated honor society. super package. yes i'm bragging on my kid. my blond krista and brunett alicia, ain't nothing to sneeze at either. i'm one of luckiest people in the world. soooo happy, thanks higher powers.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Susan McFee Anderson-- I had no idea Adam Lambert was really a redhead! Thanks for the info!!

      Anna Lindsey-- Thank you! I will check it out! Love photography!!

      lia-- He is really a natural redhead. He dyes it black, sometime green, etc.

      3arlgrey-- I have no idea who that is, but will check it out.

      Mikiee-- Again, no clue. Thank you!

      tracy-- I think I mentioned Raquel Welch, but maybe didn't put up a pic. Not sure who Bodica is, though.

      lovelyred07-- When I wrote this, I was unaware of who Shaun White was. Thank you for the addition!!!

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      lovelyred07 6 years ago

      shaun white

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      tracy 7 years ago

      you forgot two strong red head women, Raquel Welch and Bodica.

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      Mikiee:) 7 years ago

      Hey, what about Hayley Williams? Her hair is GORGEOUS.

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      3arlgrey 7 years ago

      ED SHEERAN!!!

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      lia 7 years ago

      Billy Joe Armstrong has black hair. it's Tre Cool that has red hair

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      Alyssa 7 years ago

      I do appreciate the beauty of all redheads!!!!

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      Dan 7 years ago

      Red Heads RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Susan McFee Anderson 7 years ago

      Do not forget Adam Lambert. Natural redhead TOTALLY BLOCKING as a brunette. C'MON Adam. We respect your talent. Now it's time to be yourself!

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      kea 7 years ago

      Great hub - redheads rule!

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      Alayna 7 years ago

      what about rita hayworth?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Savannah-- It seems that despite my extensive list, there are so many more that I haven't included. Thank you!!

      lauren-- Seems that you and Savannah are on the same page! Thanks for the addition!

      Kelli-- I think I am going to have to re-structure this Hub into several Hubs, so that each category is covered more completely.

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      Kelli 7 years ago

      Where is Katharine Hepburn????

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      Savannah 7 years ago

      Geri Halliwell and Rupert Grint!!!

      Both british and natural redheads!!! I Love them!

      :)

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      Angie 7 years ago

      Same here! She's amazing. And, you are very welcome.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Angie-- I love her!!!!!! Her character on CSI is one of my favorites!! Thanks for the addition!!

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      Angie 7 years ago

      What about the insanely gorgeous Marg Helgenberger?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Tori-- Glad you found it useful! Thanks!!

      redhead24-- I have often thought how much it would be worth to sell my eggs to save the redhead population! LOL!!

      fred hahn-- He was strawberry blonde when he was younger, I believe. His hair has lightened quite a bit.

      NotAChance-- If you had read the actual article, instead of just looking at the pictures, you would have found that I pointed out that some of them are not natural redheads, but redhead wanna-be's. Thanks for counting, though.

      Wetterdew-- YAY!!!! I am sure you are right. Some prefer plain, boring, mousy brown hair, over vibrant, sexy red hair. To each his own, I guess.

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      Wetterdew 7 years ago

      Yay for redheads! It's so much more exciting than having bland brown hair. :P Though I'm sure some people would prefer brown hair to red hair...

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      NotAChance 7 years ago

      Sorry, but I counted AT LEAST 10 people on your list that aren't natural redheads. So anyone who dyes their hair red at some point, even if it's for an acting role or a change of appearance...makes the cut?!

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      redhead24 7 years ago

      so just a silly little story, when the report came out about redheads supposedly going extinct, everyone i know joked (well i hope they were joking lol) about making money off breeding me with the few redhead guys in our school to save the population :)

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      Tori 7 years ago

      Very Helpful!! Thank you for having this page :)!

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      Jen 7 years ago

      Also forgot Ann Margaret. A red head that caught Elvis's attention certainly can't be ignored.

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      Julia 7 years ago

      Nice list.

      Simone Simons from the band Epica is redhead, she's beautiful. :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      cam-- I love Bobby Flay!!!

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      cam 7 years ago

      bobby flay, all-star chef is a proud redhead!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      hello-- I did include him in the list, no picture yet, though. I keep coming back to this and adding things. I may get a pic of him up there!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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      hello 7 years ago

      trey anastasio lead guy from phish....great read head!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      megpenn-- Thank you!!! My list keeps growing and growing. I have so much more I need to add to this. Maybe I will divide it up to include more people.

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      megpenn 7 years ago

      PLEASE don't forget danny elfman! he's one of the greatest film composers (and musicians in general) of all time! i also think that in his prime he was literally one of the most attractive people on earth, but you don't necessarily need to include that :) great article! thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Elle-- Thanks for stopping by! Robert Redford is great!!

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      Elle 8 years ago

      Love Robert Redford, and all redheads!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Jessica-- I agree!!! He really is!!

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      JessicaR1211 8 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Seth Green is lovely! <3

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Irish-- Makes me want to go to Holland!!! I never thought about going to Holland, but now I want to! LOL!! Thanks for the info!!!

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      irish 8 years ago

      came across another fascinating website bursting with positive portrayals of us red heads,and rightly so,in a nutshell it's a big red headed festival thats held in holland every year and this year 2009 they're expecting 5000 to 6000 red heads from all over the world,25 countries in fact.seriously considering bringing the whole family over for what looks to be a very interesting weekend.btw its www.redheadday.com

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Seth-- I did forget David Caruso. That's strange. I thought I had included him. I went back and looked, you are right.

      ash-- I agree. We are a distinct minority. We are far different from other white people. We are really white people. LOL!! So pale we are almost translucent. I joke, but I love my red hair and freckles.

      Yes, I did mentione Queen Elizabeth, but you may want to go back and read it again, because I also mentioned Lindsay Lohan, as well.

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      Ash 8 years ago

      alright lets all just forget about queen elizabeth!!!! hello!!!!

      and alot of those actresses arent REAL redheads, its easy to tell a real redhead from a poser, i believe that being a redhead should be considered a whole other race, we have copletely difrent skin and physically there are many other things that set us aside from the white race.

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      Seth Wilkinson 8 years ago

      David Caruso??? (CSI Miami)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Irish-- Thank you very much!!! I know what you mean, my daughter gets complimented on her hair all the time.

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      Irish 8 years ago

      great site.this sam joker's envy is almost palpable,not to mention insecurity.well let him be "happy" being "common or garden variety".we all know the type.apart from the aforementioned, who wouldn't choose to be a red head,it's uncommon,mystical,not to mention celtic.i'm a red headed guy with a little red headed son and daughter and the daily compliments they both get is almost embarrassing.once again keep up the good work!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      tori v.-- I have never heard of him. I had to google it! LOL! Thanks for the contribution, and for stopping by!!

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      tori v. 8 years ago

      heyyy. i love redheads hahaha. its kind of an obsession! they are soo cute specially the men <333

      but i think you should add Travis Clark of We the Kings he is a sexxy ginger <333

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Jo-- I tried to give a mix of well known and lesser known redheads, and yes, Carol Burnett is a legend!!! Funny, classy, and wonderfun!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Jo 8 years ago

      plus, CAROL BURNETT! (the BEST, in my opinion!) :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Sarah-- I love her!! Does she still have that show. Private Practice?? Is that still on?

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      Sarah 8 years ago

      You should check out Kate Walsh from Grey's Anatomy, she has lovely red hair!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Dani-- I hope this helps you with your school project, or at least gives you some ideas!! Best of luck!!! I hope you get an A!!!

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      Dani 8 years ago

      Hey! I think that this article is amazing! I'm a proud redhead and people think it's weird that a 14 year old teenage girl would love being a ginger, but I do. I love it so much that for a project at school I'm doing famous redheads in history. This article was really helpful to get ideas for people I could write on. Thank you so much!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Jenny--  If you read the text, you will see Katherine Hepburn's, and Henry the VIII's name in there.  I just didn't include pics.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Jenny-- Thanks for stopping by and for the additions to the list. I always thought Redford was a blonde, but I guess, when he was younger, he had reddish hair, probably strawberry-blonde.

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      Jenny Hanniver 8 years ago

      I'm a redhead (at 73, somewhat blonded in front and auburned in back, but still distinctly red)

      WHAT ABOUT DEBORAH KERR? KATHERINE HEPBURN? DANNY KAYE? MALCOLM X? HENRY VIII?

      And, hey, I've et Robert Redford and he's a blond.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      cynthia-- Thanks for commenting. The only person out of the names you mentioned, that I am familiar with is June Lockhart. The others are not familiar to me. As far as missing real redheads, and only having dyed redheads, I can assure you, a lot of them are natural redheads. I did say that some are just wanna-be's, but the majority are natural redheads.

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      cynthia  8 years ago

      you missed one of my favorite red headed actor in the world Mr. Richard Basehart, where is he, and a woman that appeared with him on "Voyage to the botom of the sea", another great actress Mrs. June Lockhart, and the boy who played his son , another redhead, now a grown man Mr. Billy Mumy, boy you missing the real redheads not the dyed heads.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Mike-- Thank you. Even with the number of redheads I have included, it amazes me how many there are that I haven't added to the list.

      Frankie-- I hope to go there some day...I will get there someday...

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      Mike 8 years ago

      Nice article - you could add Mick Hucknall (not sure of the spelling) of Simply Red and Winstons Churchill and also Napoleon Bonaparte!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      jennifer-- We are a dying breed!! Thank you for your comments!! I appreciate it! Thanks for giving me more people to add to the list!! It doesn't seem like there are that many of us, but I seem to find more and more, and others keep sending me suggestions! Thank you!

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      jenniferbdizzle 8 years ago from Happy Town

      Also Dallas Howard (Ron Howard's daughter), Kate Winslet and Amy Adams are redhead actors!!

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      jenniferbdizzle 8 years ago from Happy Town

      I love this article!!! I'm a proud redhead too! We are a dying breed and should be proud of it! Very well written and well researched!!!!!!!!! I was teased the first 15 years of my life-but boy do I love my locks now!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      XO

      J

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Paraglider, I have always wanted to travel to Scotland and to Ireland. I hope that someday I can get there.

      Bobgnote, I really don't know what to say to that...

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      Dave McClure 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Greetings - you want to take a trip to Scotland, home of red hair, red beards, and (if you like them) red hairy cows with huge horns.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      I have heard that as well, but don't take too much stock in it. A friend of mine has two redheaded little boys and I am sure they will still be around 22 years from now, seeing as they are 5 and 2! I do agree that there seem to be fewer and fewer of us around, though.

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Since there are truly so few redheads, in fact they say redheads shall be extinct in the USA by 2030 or so.... maybe we should treasure their existence quite a bit more than we do!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      I suppose I could throw in some more pics...not a bad idea!!

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Great 'fiery' hot hub...redheads....my daughter's hair much like Lauren Ambrose's in color...when she was younger I called it "orange crayon" red. No Julianne Moore or Nicole Kidman or Claire Danes or Molly Ringwald pics? How bossy am I, and Nicole above....telling you who should have been included! :) It's just that, I was always trying to tell my gorgeous red haired blue eyed fair skinned daughter how beautiful she was, and these 4 were women I often used as role models for her, freckles, pale skin and all!!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Nicole, I know...I got tired when I was writing and just wanted to finish it. I need to go back and add musicians to the list!! Tori, Shirley Manson (from Garbage) and a few others! Thanks for reminding me! I had completely forgotten that I wanted to go back and do that!

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey... awesome article! Where's Tori Amos, though?

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