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Van Ann Van Ann as Molly Brown - The Titanic's Unsinkable Heroine
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Molly Brown (1867 - 1932) also known officially as Margaret Tobin Brown, became the heroine of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic when her brazen, outspoken, forceful nature kept people in lifeboat number 6 alive. Later she offered friendship and money to scared immigrant survivors to help them get a start in America. She said simply, "I'm unsinkable!"

Despite her fondest wishes, few called her "Molly" until after her death in 1932. For years she tried unsuccessfully to buy happiness and a place in Denver society, but her crude manner and penchant for fantasy often made her a laughing stock. As a philanthropist, however, Molly was successful despite her rough manner. She will always be remembered in the U.S. and Europe as the woman with a "heart as big as a ham!"

The outrageous Mrs. Brown wasn't called "the Unsinkable Molly Brown" in her lifetime, but it was the 1960s Broadway musical and movie (the latter starring the talented Debbie Reynolds) that glamorized her life, and made her name a household word. But Maggie Brown's life did not have to be fictionalized to be made interesting. She was a remarkable woman, and her life was touched by several major events of the late 1800s and early 1900s: the Gold Rush to the West, the "rags-to-riches" transformations that shaped a national consciousness, the tragedy of the Titanic, the social climbing of the nouveau riche, and the life-style enjoyed by millionaires in America's "Gilded Age." These stories recapture our imagination again.

The legend goes on and on. Molly Brown is musically and dramatically unsinkable!