Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Dorothy Winifred Gibson was born on May 7, 1889 to Pauline Boeson and John A. Brown in Hobroken, New Jersey. Her father died when she was three and her mother married John Leonard Gibson. Between 1906 and 1911 she was an actress and was even on the Broadway musical, Dairymaids. She married George Battier Jr. in 1909. She had starred in 1. Roses and Thorns (1912), Saved from the Titanic (1912) .... Miss Dorothy... aka A Survivor of the Titanic (UK), Revenge of the Silk Masks (1912) .... Society Girl, The Easter Bonnet (1912) .... Dora, A Lucky Holdup (1912) .... Miss Barton, The White Aprons (1912), Brooms and Dustpans (1912) .... Kissing Cousin, A Living Memory (1912) .... Her Memory, It Pays to Be Kind (1912) .... Sister The Kodak Contest (1912) .... The Wife The Awakening (1912/I) .... The Sweetheart Love Finds a Way (1912/I) .... Helen The Musician's Daughter (1911) .... Prima Donna Miss Masquerader (1911) .... Heiress, Hands Across the Sea in '76 (1911) .... Molly Pitcher, French Court Beauty, Soldier's Widow, The Angel of the Slums (1911), A Show Girl's Stratagem (1911), and Saved from the Titanic (1912)... aka A Survivor of the Titanic Beyond Titanic (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Titanic survivor. Dorothy was considered "The Harrison Fisher Girl" because she was one of Harrison Fisher whom was the most famous artists of that time's favorite models. Fisher drew hundreds of drawings of her that ended up on the covers of many magazines. She had joined Cinematoragraphes Eclair and was their number one star. Just a week before, she had starred in a movie and was on a holiday in Paris, France. The company wired her telling her to come back because they had made a mistake with the film and accidentally damaged her part of the film. She booked passage and sailed on the TITANIC with her mother and had a cabin on E deck. She carried with her a few dozen pairs of gloves and a 300 dollar ear muff with jet black beads hanging down it. On the night of the sinking, she was playing a game of bridge with her new acquaintances, William Sloper and Fredrick Seward when the steward told them to stop because they were about to turn out the lights. She had just returned to her cabin when she felt a small bump. The bump was so small, that she ignored it and was just about to climb into her bed when her room steward came in, told her to dress warmly, and go up on deck. She put on a sweater and black slippers and went up with her mother. They were put into a lifeboat and then Dorothy dramatically convinced Seward
and Sloper to come in as well. Her lifeboat had a small leak and it was swamped. They all had to sit there with their feet in the water and an allegedly French Baron hogging all the blankets. After they were rescued by the Carpathia, she slept for 26
hours straight. When she got to New York, she was told she was to be the star of the new movie, "Saved from the TITANIC". In the film, she wore the same clothing that she had when the TITANIC sank. Unfortunately, the film was lost in 1914 in a fire. She later divorced in 1916 and married Mr. Brulatour in 1915. They divorced in 1919 after Mr. Brulatour was accused of polygamy. She never remarried. She later moved to Paris where she remained. She was a Nazi sympathizer and was arrested in 1944. She escaped from jail and later died in her Paris hotel room of a heart attack on February 17, 1946 at the age of 56.