Carrot Top, Ginger, Gingerhead, Little Red, Big Red, Rusty Knob, Rangas, Flame, and Fireball are all some of nicknames famous redheads, and not so famous redheads have endured over the years. The reason why redheads are seen as an anomaly is the subject for another article, but for now the spotlight is on a few famous redheads that inspire us, make us laugh, shock us, and entertain us.
- “Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1964).” Under his steadfast and courageous leadership, Great Britain was skillfully guided through the tumultuous years of World War II. Not only was Churchill one of his country’s most famous politicians and statesmen, his wartime speeches were as memorable for their inspiring messages, as they were for his skillful oratorical delivery.
- “Lucille Ball (1911 to 1989).” Though she had already made a name for herself in low-budget movies, it was the television sitcom show, I Love Lucy, which made Ball one of the most famous redheads in the world. The I Love Lucy show ran on television from 1951 to 1957, and is still in syndication across the country today.
- “Lindsay Lohan (1986 to present).” Lohan came to national prominence in the 1998 Disney movie remake of the original 1961 version of The Parent Trap. Today, Lohan’s notoriety for her problems with the law has overshadowed a once promising acting career.
- “Greer Garson (1903 to 1996).” This Academy Award winning actress personified fiery grace appearing in such noteworthy films as, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Pride and Prejudice, Marie Curie, Random Harvest, and Sunrise at Campobello. Gregory Peck, Greer’s co-star in The Valley of Decision used the appellation, Big Red in deference to her flaming read hair.
- “Bette Davis (1908 to 1989).” Davis, winner of two Academy Awards and multiple nominations has been called the First Lady of the American Screen.” The song “Bette Davis Eyes,” recorded by Kim Carnes, and written in homage to Davis’ expressive eyes topped the Billboard charts at No. 1 in the early 1980s.
- “Shaun White (1986 to present).” White or as he is sometimes referred to, the Flying Tomato for his flaming red mane is the 2006 Olympic Gold medalist in the snowboard halfpipe competition. White is also an accomplished skateboarder.
- “King Henry VIII (1491 to 1547).” The historic second Tudor king, King Henry VIII is infamous for his six wives, and equally infamous for his method of divorce from two of the six…beheading. The six wives of King Henry VIII were Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katharine Parr.
- “Elizabeth I (1533 to 1603).” Elizabeth is the royal daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth possessed great mental acuity, and astutely guided her country through troubled times into the Elizabethan period of relative calm and prosperity.
The famous redheads focused on in this article are not wallflowers, but are as vibrant, bold, and striking as their famous red hair.