Vivien Leigh – Hollywood’s Bipolar Superstar

“Scarlet O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father.“ In that way author Margaret Mitchell described […]

Victoria Benedictsson – Love that Kills

Victoria Benedictsson (née Bruzelius), born on 6 March 1850, was a Swedish novelist who used the male pen name Ernst Ahlgren in order to get her books published. Victoria ended her days in 1888 at the age of 38, and this is her tragic story. Victoria grew up at a farm in Southern Sweden.At an […]

The Witches – A Sociological/Historical Film Study

  On 18 September 1922, Danish film director Benjamin Christensen’s silent film The Witches (Häxan in Swedish) or Witchcraft Through the Ages premiered in Stockholm. It had cost 2 million Swedish Crowns to produce, one of the most expensive films all times in Sweden. In todays value it equals 50 million Crowns, or $6 250 […]

Ida B. Wells – Journalist, Suffragist, Editor, etc

Ida Bell Wells, born into slavery on 16 July 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is known for her relentless work in promoting women’s rights and for advocating equal rights. For example, she documented lynching in the United States in the early 1890’s and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored […]

Chevalier d’Eon – The First Official Transvestite?

 When studying the dispatches sent from the Swedish ambassador in London’s office in 1775, I made an interesting discovery. When ambassador Gustav Adam von Nolcken left London to travel Europe, his substitute Per Olof von Asp was immediately approached by a Frenchman named Jean-Joseph de Vignoles, who asked if Asp could deliver letters to some, according […]

Diana Sackville – The Lady who Liked Beer

Diana Sackville was born in 1756 as the eldest daughter to Lord George Sackville, later Lord Germain. She is described as very spirited, very vivid, strong in character and very like her father. In 1778, twenty-two years old, she married Lord Crosbie and moved to Ireland becoming the Countess of Glandore. Diana wrote a lot […]