Most recently I learned about Audrey Munson, mentioned in Linda Fairstein's Hell Gate, a novel filled with all kinds of New York City history and trivia.
The tragic life of this model and silent screen actress intrigued me, so I had to do a little research on my own to satisfy my curiosity.
Audrey Munson (June 8, 1891 – February 20, 1996) rose to fame prior to World War I. She was known as "Miss Manhattan," "the Exposition Girl," and "American Venus." She was the model or inspiration for more than 15 statues in New York City.
|Fountain of the Setting Sun|
Munson began suffering from schizophrenia, and at age 39 was committed to a mental institution. She remained there for the rest of her life, dying at age 104.
As many monuments and statues that Audrey Munson posed for, it's ironic that she herself, is buried in an unmarked grave.
Do you have some interesting trivia you'd like to share that you've found in fiction?