The Unsinkable Molly Brown - RMS Titanic Brown family photo

The Unsinkable Molly Brown - RMS Titanic

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Margaret "Molly" (or "Maggie") Brown, born July 18th, 1867 and died October 26th, 1932, receiving an award for her efforts to save th other passengers of the RMS Titanic. Molly Brown was a wealthy ph ... show more

Margaret "Molly" (or "Maggie") Brown, born July 18th, 1867 and died October 26th, 1932, receiving an award for her efforts to save th other passengers of the RMS Titanic.

Molly Brown was a wealthy philanthropist and socialite who was aboard the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. She was fortunate (read: wealthy) enough to get aboard one of the only 20 lifeboats prior to the ship sinking. However, unlike so many other survivors, Molly Brown urged the crew of Lifeboat No. 6 to return to the wreckage to pick up drowning passengers.

Molly Brown, known to her friends as "Maggie", came from hard working roots. Her parents were Irish immigrants and she moved to Colorado when she was a teenager, where she worked in a store. It was there that she met and married her husband, J.J. Brown. This is what she said of their meeting:

"I wanted a rich man, but I loved Jim Brown. I thought about how I wanted comfort for my father and how I had determined to stay single until a man presented himself who could give to the tired old man the things I longed for him. Jim was as poor as we were, and had no better chance in life. I struggled hard with myself in those days. I loved Jim, but he was poor. Finally, I decided that I'd be better off with a poor man whom I loved than with a wealthy one whose money had attracted me. So I married Jim Brown."

After Jim discovered a rich vein of silver, the family became wealthy - fulfilling her dreams of marrying a rich man and enabling her to carry out her many acts of philanthropy.

Mariana Trenchette I think she was a great woman and showed incredible courage during the sinking of the Titanic.
Apr 12, 2012 10:47 am · Reply
Daniel Pinna I agree 100%. Margaret "Molly" Brown is a role model for how we should all act during high pressure situations. And, on a lighter note, she was a VERY well dressed woman!
Apr 12, 2012 10:49 am · Reply
Mariana Trenchette And Daniel, I liked Kathy Bates playing the role of Molly Brown, but I wonder how you liked her? Are you kin to the Browns?
Apr 12, 2012 10:53 am · Reply
Daniel Pinna James Cameron did a masterful job in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, and I think Kathy Bates was the PERFECT woman to play the role of Molly Brown. Kathy obviously did her research on Mrs. Brown's personality, background and how the 'old money' treated 'new money'. Not to mention both Kathy Bates and Molly Brown look fairly similar! No, I'm not related to Molly, I'm just a big fan!
Apr 12, 2012 11:00 am · Reply
Mariana Trenchette Well, now, Daniel, it's my turn to agree with you 100%!
Apr 12, 2012 11:16 am · Reply
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