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Theda Bara as Ruth Gordon
The Blue Flame is a four-act
play written by George V. Hobart and
John Willard, who revised an earlier version by Leta Vance Nicholson. In 1920, producer
Albert H. Woods staged the play on
Broadway and on tour across the United States. Ruth Gordon, the main character, is a religious young woman who dies and is revived by her scientist fiancé as a soulless
femme fatale. She seduces several men and involves them in crimes, including drug use and murder. In the final act, her death and resurrection are revealed to be a
dream. The production starred
Theda Bara (pictured), a popular
silent film actress who was known for playing similar roles in movies. Critics panned the play, ridiculing the plot, the dialog, and Bara's acting. Theater historian
Ward Morehouse called it "one of the worst plays ever written". Bara's movie fame drew large crowds to theaters, and the play was a commercial success, breaking attendance records at some venues. Ruth Gordon was Bara's only Broadway role, and The Blue Flame was one of her last professional acting projects. (
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Illustration of Spirit of the Confederacy
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Spirit of the Confederacy (illustration pictured) in Houston, Texas, unveiled on
Robert E. Lee's birthday in 1908, has been questioned since the 2015
Charleston church shooting and the 2017
Unite the Right rally?
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Raymond Leane was described as the "foremost fighting leader" in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I?
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Martian dunes of
Aspledon Undae may have formed due to erosion of part of the
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Judith Ellen Foster, the "Iowa lawyer" of the
temperance movement, was burnt down, presumably by her opponents?
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thirteen consecutive top-five singles in the United Kingdom?
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dril continues to insist that he is not
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On this day...
International Day of Peace;
Islamic New Year (2017, 1439
AH); first day of
Rosh Hashanah (Judaism, 2017,
1170 – Combined English and Irish forces seized
Ascall mac Ragnaill,
King of Dublin, into exile.
1897 – In response to a letter written by eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon (pictured),
The New York Sun published an editorial by
Francis Pharcellus Church stating, "
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".
J. R. R. Tolkien's
The Hobbit, which later served as a prequel to
The Lord of the Rings, was first published.
Nirvana released their third and final studio album,
In Utero, which went on to sell 15 million copies.
2001 – With racial tensions high after the
September 11 attacks, a gang of British Muslim youths in
murdered 17-year-old Ross Parker.
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