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Some Other Famous Ediths
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Edith Cowan
Edith CowanMrs Cowan was a turn of the century Australian politician, social campaigner and the first woman elected as a representative in an Australian parliament. Mrs Cowan was concerned with women's health and the welfare of prostitutes and other disadvantaged groups. Mrs Cowan believed that children should not be tried as adults and founded the Children's Protection Society. During World War I Cowan collected food and clothing for soldiers at the front and coordinated efforts to care for returned soldiers. She championed women's rights in parliament, pushing through legislation which allowed women to be involved in the legal profession. She succeeded in placing mothers in an equal position with fathers when their children died interstate and was one of the first to promote sex education in schools. Her portrait appears on Australia's fifty dollar note and a clock tower in Perth's Kings Park was constructed in her memory. In 1991 the Western Australian College of Advanced Education was re-named Edith Cowan University in her honour. The Western Australian federal electorate of Cowan is also named after her.
» Edith Cowan on Wikipedia


Edith Head
Edith HeadAn American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood who garnered more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. She began designing costumes for silent films and by the thirties had established herself as one of the leading designers. She worked at Paramount for forty-four years until she went to Universal Pictures. During her long career she was nominated for thirty-four Academy Awards and won eight times, more Oscars than any other woman has won. She was responsible for some of the most famous Hollywood fashion images of her day, with her costumes being worn by the most glamorous actresses in films seen by millions. Head's influence on world fashion was far reaching. Ms Head was known for her no-nonsense, assertive working style. Despite her own accomplishments, she also had a reputation for taking credit for others' work. As part of a series of stamps issued in February 2003 commemorating the behind-the-camera personnel who make movies, Head appeared on an American postage stamp honoring costume design. Ms Head is mentioned in the They Might Be Giants song "She Thinks She's Edith Head" and the character of Edna Mode in the movie "The Incredibles" is clearly based on Ms Head.
» Edith Head on IMDB
» Edith Head quotes at Think Exist


Edith Massey
Edith MasseyProbably most recognised as the Egg Lady from John Waters' "Pink Flamingos", Ms Massey's life story is much more colourful than any of the characters' she played for Waters. Raised in a Denver orphanage, Ms Massey ran away to Hollywood to seek stardom. Amazingly, her career never went anywhere and she moved to Baltimore where Waters discovered her working as a barmaid. After filming a number of movies with Waters, Ms Massey went on to record two singles with her punk band Edie and the Eggs and opened a thrift store in Baltimore called Edith's Shopping Bag. Ms Massey is the subject of a documentary called "Love Letter To Edie".
» Edith Massey on IMDB
» Edith Massey Wikipedia entry


Édith Piaf
Edith PiafOne of France's most beloved singers and a national icon. The most famous songs performed by Piaf were La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. She was raised by her paternal grandmother, who ran a brothel. From three to seven, she was blind and allegedly recovered her sight after her grandmother's prostitutes went to a pilgrimage to Saint Thérèse de Lisieux. In 1935, Ms Piaf was discovered by the nightclub owner Louis Leplée who convinced her to sing and gave her the nickname that would stay with her for the rest of her life: La Môme Piaf (The Little Sparrow). Jean Cocteau wrote the successful play Le Bel Indifférent for her to star in. She was friends with Maurice Chevalier and Jacques Borgeat. Ms Piaf's association with the French Resistance is well known and many owe their lives to her. Piaf had one child, a daughter, Marcelle, who died at the age of two in 1935. Piaf died of cancer in Cannes on October 11, 1963 at the age of 47, the same day as her friend Jean Cocteau. Her life was one of sharp contrasts: the range of her fame as opposed to her tragic personal life, and her fragile small figure on stage with the resounding power of her voice.
» Édith Piaf tribute site
» Édith Piaf Wikipedia entry


Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
Edith RooseveltEdith Roosevelt was the second wife of Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Mrs. Roosevelt performed her duties as First Lady with characteristic dignity. She guarded the privacy of a family that attracted everyone's interest, and tried to keep reporters out. The public heard little of the vigor of her character, her sound judgment and her efficient household management. A perceptive aide described the First Lady as "always the gentle, high-bred hostess; smiling often at what went on about her, yet never critical of the ignorant and tolerant always of the little insincerities of political life." After Roosevelt's death in 1919 she traveled abroad but always returned to Sagamore Hill as her home. She kept till the end her interest in the Needlework Guild, a charity which provided garments for the poor, and in the work of Christ Church at Oyster Bay. She died on 30 September 1948 at the age of 87.
» Edith Wilson on Wikipedia


Edie Sedgwick
Edie SedgwickAlthough most often associated with Andy Warhol, Edie was only a member of the Factory for about a year. Bright, educated and fashionable, Edie had a number of expensive habits including shopping, drugs and booze. During her time with the Factory she was filmed in a number of Warhol's movies. Depending on who you talk to, she was either lured away or she left because of her crush on Bob Dylan. After that fell through, Edie maintained a residency at the infamous Chelsea Hotel before eventually moving to Santa Barbara, CA where she was born. After a lifetime of drug addiction, trips to the hospital, shock treatments, therapists and rehab, Edie died of a barbituate overdose at 28. As inspiring in death as she was in life, Edie has inspired a number of songs about her, most notably "Edie (Ciao Baby!)" by the Cult and "Little Miss S" by Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians. Edie's life will also be portrayed in a movie called "Factory Girl".
» Edie Sedgwick on IMDB
» Edie Sedgwick on Wikipedia
» Edie Sedgwick on Warhol Stars


Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
St Edith SteinBorn in 1891 in Poland, Edith Stein was the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She was an outstanding student, well versed in philosophy with a particular interest in phenomenology. After her conversion to Catholicism, Edith spent her days teaching, lecturing, writing and translating, and she became known as a celebrated philosopher and author. The Nazi persecution of the Jews brought her public activities and her influence in the Catholic world to a sudden close and she entered the Discalced Carmelite Nuns cloistered community in Holland where Edith received the Habit of Carmel and the religious name of Teresia Benedicta ac Cruce. When the Nazis conquered Holland, Teresa was arrested, and, with her sister Rose, was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Teresa died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1942 at the age of 51. Out of the unspeakable human suffering caused by the Nazis there blossomed the beautiful life of dedication, consecration, prayer, fasting and penance of Saint Teresa. Her memory stands as a light undimmed in the midst of evil, darkness, and suffering.
» Edith Stein at Catholic.org
» Saint Edith Stein Challenges Catholics
» Edie Sedgwick on Warhol Stars


Edith Wharton
Edith WhartonBorn to a rich New York family in the 1800s, Mrs Wharton used her insights into the upper classes to write several novels and short stories. Mrs Wharton lived in France during World War I and was awarded the French Légion d'honneur for her work with the Red Cross. Her best known work is The Age of Innocence which won her a Pulitzer Prize. Mrs Wharton was also highly regarded as a landscape architect and wrote several works on both subjects. In addition to being a trend-setter, Mrs Wharton was also friendly with people like Theodore Roosevelt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James and Jean Cocteau. Several of her works have been turned into movies.
» The Mount, an estate designed by Edith Wharton
» Edith Wharton on Wikipedia


Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
Edith WilsonHistory has labeled Mrs Wilson the "first woman to run the government" due to her significance during Woodrow Wilson's prolonged and disabling illness. Edith married a businessman named Norman Galt. In 1908 her husband died. Mrs. Galt then met the bereaved President Wilson who took an instant liking to her. They were married privately on December 18, 1915. After President Wilson's stroke left him partly paralyzed, Mrs. Wilson took over many routine duties and details of government. In 1921, the Wilsons retired to a comfortable home in Washington, where he died three years later. A highly respected figure in the society of the capital, Mrs. Wilson lived on to ride in President Kennedy's inaugural parade. She died on 28 December 1961, the anniversary of her husband's birth.
» Edith Wilson biography

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