June 18th People

June 18th

06-18-1864 – 08-11-1939 Agnes Goodsir – Born in Portland, Victoria, Australia. She moved to Europe in 1912 and in 1921 settled in Paris. While in London during WWI, she was close friends with Bernard Roelvink and his American wife Rachel. Rachel and Agnes fell in love. Rachel divorced Roelvink and lived with Agnes until her death in 1939. Agnes Goodsir’s paintings were well accepted and exhibited in galleries in Paris and London. She was especially good at portraits and painted portraits of concert pianist Katharine Goodson, Leo Tolstoy, English actress Ellen Terry, Bertrand Russell, Italian leader Benito Mussolini, and others. All of Agnes’s paintings were left to Rachel. Rachel sent 40 of her painting to Agnes’s family in Australia and other to Australian galleries. The Goodsir Scholarship of the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery, is named in memory of her.

06-18-1888 – 04-25-1969   Margarita Xirgu – Born in Molins de Rei (Barcelona), Spain. She was a Spanish stage actress and theater director, who was popular throughout Spain and Latin America. In 1926, she met Federico García Lorca at a bar in Madrid. Lorca was a fledgling playwright and it was she that staged Lorca’s Mariana Pineda in Barcelona, with costumes by Salvador Dalí. The play was a hit and cemented their friendship. By the 1930s, she was the most revered Catalan actress in history. She was forced into exile during Franco’s dictatorship of Spain but continued to work in Latin America, creating theater companies in Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. As was the case for many lesbians at the time, marriage to a man was a common means of ensuring financial and cultural survival. She married twice, the first to the son of a well-to-do family, who died in 1936, and five years later to an actor who became the manager of her company. In between husbands, she had a relationship with Irene Polo, a Catalan journalist, who accompanied her on tour.  

06-18-1925 – 10-01-2008 Robert Arthur – Born in Aberdeen, Washington. He was an American motion picture actor. He appeared in dozens of films in the 1940s and 1950s Robert Arthurand was known for playing youthful teenage or young adult roles. Arthur appeared in the 1949 war film Twelve O’Clock High and in the 1951 Billy Wilder film Ace in the Hole. He also appeared in the television show The Lone Ranger. In his later years, he became an activist for gay rights on behalf of senior citizens and was involved with the Log Cabin Republicans. He established a nonprofit public-benefit corporation that aided gay and lesbian seniors. Arthur died in Aberdeen, Washington on October 1, 2008, from heart failure.

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