Margaret Tobin, or Molly Brown, of Missouri, was a philanthropist who was widely known for having survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. She has been a popular subject of many myths and legends after the infamous Titanic disaster. Her name “Molly” was made famous after her death in 1932 as she was never called by this moniker when she was still alive.
Life after the Titanic
Brown proved her strength and resilience against the worst tragedies. She was later referred to as “the Unsinkable Mrs. Brown” because she made tremendous effort to do whatever she can to assist all the other survivors who were rescued with her aboard the Carpathia. She may be traumatized and tired during that time, but she rose to the occasion. She even raised money to help the poor passengers.
Given the media attention, Brown used this as a platform to raise awareness of various causes. She spoke for miners working in inhuman conditions and got involved in the women’s suffrage movement as well as in pushing for worker’s rights.
Brown also ran for a senatorial seat and although she didn’t win, she remained active in serving the public. When World War I began, Molly did not cower but worked actively with the Red Cross. She worked with the American Committee for Devastated France to rebuild devastated areas and even assisted wounded French and American soldiers who fought in the war. For her many charitable works since the Titanic, Brown was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1932.
Apart from being busy with her philanthropic activities, Brown did not slow down and went on to pursue her many interests including acting. She took classes in Paris to satisfy her thirst for drama in the Bernhardt tradition and actively performed on stage in Paris and New York. Given everything that she has done, it was clear that Brown was truly destined to survive even one of the worst tragedies in history.