Most people recognize Molly Brown as the lady who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and was honored in a Broadway play with Tammy Grimes in the leading role and later in a movie with Debbie Reynolds.
In a little booklet written in 1956 by Caroline Bancroft, I found the true story of Molly’s life without all the exaggerations that the play and movie included. Mrs. Brown would have loved the two productions, because she thrived on publicity, telling personally many tall tales about her life. She would have been happy at the “Molly,” too, for she tried to get people to call her that. Her name was Margaret, and family called her “Maggie.”
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