December 6th People

December 6th

12-06-1900 – 04-30-1974 Agnes Moorehead – Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was an American actress whose career of six decades included work in radio, stage, film, and television. Moorehead is mostly remembered for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched. She earned one Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards. In addition, she was nominated for four Academy Awards and six Emmy Awards. She was married twice. Her sexuality has been the subject of speculation. Paul Lynde, Moorehead’s co-star on Bewitched, stated: “Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian — I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes.” Moorehead is reported in an interview to have acknowledged her same-sex orientation while identifying a number of other Hollywood actresses who “enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships.”

12-06-1856 – 05-12-1927   Louise Catherine Breslau – Born in Munich, Germany of Polish Jewish descent. She grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and because she had chronic asthma and was bedridden, she learned to draw. As an adult, she moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian, one of the few places available for women to study. It was here that she met her life partner of forty years, fellow artist, Madeleine Zillhardt. In 1879, she was the only woman from the school to debut at the Paris Salon. Shortly afterward, she opened her own studio. Due to the success at the Salon, Breslau received numerous commissions from wealthy Parisians. She became the third woman artist to be bestowed France’s Legion of Honor award. During WWI, Breslau and Zillhardt remained at their home outside Paris. Both women drew numerous portraits of French soldiers and nurses on their way to the Front. Breslau died in 1927, and in 1928 the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris honored her with a retrospective. Zillhardt inherited Breslau’s estate and donated sixty of the artist’s pastels and drawings to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. In 1932, Zillhardt published a book titled Louise Catherine Breslau et ses amis (Louise Catherine Breslau and Her Friends). A street in Paris is named after the two women. Breslau’s work is in numerous museums including, Musée du Louvre; Musée d’Orsay, the National Gallery of Ireland, four museums in Switzerland, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.   

12-06-1895 – 07-02-1952 Henriëtte Bosmans – Born in Amsterdam. Holland. She was a Dutch composer and pianist. Bosmans had relationships with both men and women, especially those that she collaborated musically. From 1920 to 1927, she was with Dutch cellist and composer, Frieda Belinfante, who was a prominent lesbian and member of the Dutch Resistance during WWII. During the last years of her life, Bosmans was involved with the French singer Noémie Pérugia, for whom she wrote a series of songs. In 1952, Bosmans died of stomach cancer. Since 1994, the Society of Dutch Composers has awarded the Henriëtte Bosmans Prize as an encouragement for young Dutch composers.

12-06-1892 – 05-04-1969   Sir Osbert Sitwell, 5th Baronet – Born in London, England. He was an English writer who devoted his life to art and literature. He grew up at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, England. It has been the home of the Sitwell family for over 350 years. His first poetry was written while in the trenches of France during WWI. Sitwell, with his brother, sponsored a controversial exhibition of works by Matisse, Utrillo, Picasso, and Modigliani. In the mid-1920s he met David Stuart Horner who was his lover and companion for most of his life.

12-06-1893 – 05-01-1978 Sylvia Townsend Warner – Born at Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England. She was an English novelist and poet. In 1923 she met T.F. Powys, whose writing influenced her own and whose work she encouraged. It was at Powys’ home in 1930 that Warner met Valentine Ackland. The two women fell in love and settled in Frome Vauchurch, Dorset. They lived together from 1930 until Ackland’s death in 1969. In her novel, Summer Will Show (1936), the heroine, Sophia Willoughby, travels to Paris during the 1848 Revolution and falls in love with a woman.

12-06-1971 Carole Thate – Born in Utrecht, Netherlands. She is a carole-thateDutch former field hockey player. Thate was a member of the Holland team that won the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and once again at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is married to Australian striker Alyson Annan.

12-06-1972 Heather R. Mizeur – Born in Blue Mound, Illinois. She is an American politician from Maryland. Mizeur was a member of heather-r-mizeurthe Maryland House of Delegates from January 10, 2007, to January 14, 2015. She is openly lesbian and married her wife, Deborah, in 2005. They were legally married in California in 2008. She has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality. Her floor speech during the 2011 debate on the Civil Marriage Protection Act went viral after it was picked up by national LGBT blogs.

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