When newspapers learned of Brown’s courageous actions, they dubbed her “the unsinkable Mrs. Brown.” Leveraging her newfound fame, Brown became active in numerous causes, including women’s suffrage and workers’ rights. During World War I, she volunteered for the Red Cross in France.
“After being brined, salted, and pickled in mid ocean I am now high and dry… I have had flowers, letters, telegrams-people until I am befuddled. They are petitioning Congress to give me a medal… If I must call a specialist to examine my head it is due to the title of Heroine of the Titanic.” —Molly Brown, shortly after the sinking, in a letter to her daughter.
Brown’s money eventually ran out and she faded from the public view. Brown died in New York City, largely forgotten, on 26 October 1932. Yet her legend lived on.
The 1960 Broadway musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, revived Brown’s fame for a new generation. Brown surfaced again in 1997, thanks to a memorable portrayal by actress Kathy Bates in the film “Titanic.”
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