Tag: Biographical Information

Overlooked No More: Lotte Reiniger, Animator Who Created Magic With Scissors and Paper

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Devi Lockwood A decade before Walt Disney Productions came into existence, making its name synonymous with animated films, there was another pioneer of the art form — Lotte Reiniger. Reiniger’s filmmaking career spanned 60 years, during […]

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Overlooked No More: Mitsuye Endo, a Name Linked to Justice for Japanese-Americans

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Stephanie Buck It was January 1942, and Japanese-American civil servants in California were alarmed. Within weeks of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the state government had sent an invasive questionnaire to its employees of Japanese […]

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Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Reggie Ugwu Little about the life Robert Leroy Johnson lived in his brief 27 years, from approximately May 1911 until he died mysteriously in 1938, was documented. A birth certificate, if he had one, has […]

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Teenager’s Diary Offers Window Into Life Under Soviets and Nazis

ImageElizabeth Bellak under a picture of her sister, Renia Spiegel, in New York, in 2016.CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times PRZEMYSL, Poland — She was a Jewish teenager in a small trade city in southeastern Poland when she began writing her diary, months before the advent of World War II. By the time she […]

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Overlooked No More: Elizabeth A. Gloucester, ‘Richest’ Black Woman and Ally of John Brown

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Steve Bell With a fortune built largely from operating boarding homes in Brooklyn and beyond, Elizabeth A. Gloucester was considered by many to be the richest black woman in America at her death at age […]

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Overlooked No More: Alice Guy Blaché, the World’s First Female Filmmaker

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Manohla Dargis In 1911, The Moving Picture News wrote that Alice Guy Blaché, the first female filmmaker in history, was a “fine example of what a woman can do if given a square chance in […]

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Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Rona, Pioneering Scientist Amid Dangers of War

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Veronique Greenwood The phone call for Elizabeth Rona came to the Budapest university where she worked: Don’t go to the theater, the caller warned. Rona, who was celebrating her 29th birthday, had planned to meet […]

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Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Andrew R. Chow Lau Sing Kee was an American war hero, but he was also mocked as a “Chinese boy.” He was a civic leader, but he also became a convicted criminal for skirting discriminatory […]

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Overlooked No More: Rani of Jhansi, India’s Warrior Queen Who Fought the British

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Alisha Haridasani Gupta By the time Laxmibai was a teenager, she had already violated many of the expectations for women in India’s patriarchal society. She could read and write. She had learned to ride a […]

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Overlooked No More: Laxmibai, India’s Warrior Queen Who Fought the British

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Alisha Haridasani Gupta By the time Laxmibai was a teenager, she had already violated many of the expectations for women in India’s patriarchal society. She could read and write. She had learned to ride a […]

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Overlooked No More: William Byron Rumford, Pioneering Black Politician in California

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Conor Dougherty When William Byron Rumford Sr. arrived at his hotel in Sacramento the night before starting his first term in the California state legislature, a clerk told him there were no rooms available. But […]

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Overlooked No More: Georgia Gilmore, Who Fed and Funded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Klancy Miller It took all of Georgia Gilmore’s willpower not to explode at the driver of the crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., one Friday afternoon in October 1955. She had just boarded and dropped her […]

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Overlooked No More: Gertrude Benham, Who Climbed the World One Mountain at a Time

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Emma Goldberg If ever a pair of boots could reveal their wearer’s life story, it might be those of the intrepid mountaineer Gertrude Benham. Benham’s boots, made of brown leather and on display at the […]

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Overlooked No More: Florence Merriam Bailey, Who Defined Modern Bird-Watching

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Jonathan Wolfe In 1886, Manhattan was one of the richest bird-watching areas on the planet. One ornithologist from the American Museum of Natural History counted 40 distinct species on two walks in the city, including […]

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Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not.

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Melissa Eddy BERLIN — What stood out was the thick, white “U” of her last name, which had been carefully painted on a brown leather suitcase that was loaded, along with the belongings of 1,190 […]

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Overlooked No More: Ralph Lazo, Who Voluntarily Lived in an Internment Camp

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Veronica Majerol When Ralph Lazo saw his Japanese-American friends being forced from their homes and into internment camps during World War II, he did the unexpected: He went with them. In the spring of 1942, […]

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The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington’s Army

PHILADELPHIA — Hers has always been one of the more astonishing, if little-known, tales of the American Revolution: a woman who stitched herself a uniform, posed as a man and served at least 17 months in an elite unit of the Continental Army. Wounded at least twice, Deborah Sampson carried a musket ball inside her […]

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Overlooked No More: Rev. Bill Larson, Who Became a Symbol of Gay Loss in New Orleans

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures. By Christina Caron The fire that ripped through the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, was (and still is) the deadliest blaze the […]

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Overlooked No More: Claude Cahun, Whose Photographs Explored Gender and Sexuality

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures. By Joseph B. Treaster In early-20th-century France, when society generally considered women to be women and men to be men, Lucy Schwob decided she would rather […]

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Overlooked No More: Ma Rainey, the ‘Mother of the Blues’

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures. By Giovanni Russonello Ma Rainey did not make the first blues recording; that distinction belongs to Mamie Smith, the vaudevillian who recorded “Crazy Blues” in 1920. […]

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