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Margaret Tobin Brown (The Unsinkable Molly Brown)

Margaret Tobin Brown was an American journalist, writer and heroine of the Titanic sinking.

Her life story was told in the fictionalized 1964 Debbie Reynolds' film, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Margaret Tobin Brown
Margaret Tobin Brown
Biographical fast facts

Date and place of birth: July 18, 1867*, at 600 Prospect Street (now Butler Street), Hannibal, Missouri, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 26, 1932, at 2:00 p.m., at the Barbizon Hotel, 140 East 63rd Street, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Stroke/Brain tumor/Arteriosclerosis)

Husband: James Joseph "J.J." Brown (m. September 1, 1886 - September 5, 1922) (his death)
Wedding took place at 2 p.m., at the Annunciation Church, in Leadville, Colorado, with Father Henry Robinson officiating.

Note: They were separated at the time of J.J. Brown's death, but never divorced.

Siblings: Daniel Tobin
William Tobin (brothers)

Sister: Helen Tobin
Half sister: Catherine Bridget Tobin
Half sister: Mary Ann Reading

Son: Lawrence Palmer Brown (b. August 30, 1887, Hannibal, Missouri - d. April 3, 1949, St. Vincent's Hospital, Leadville, Colorado, of pneumonia)
Daughter: Catherine Ellen Brown (a.k.a. Helen Brown) (b. July 1, 1889 - d. 1969)

Father: John Tobin
Mother: Johanna (Collins) Tobin (b. 1825, Ireland - d. April 10, 1905, Denver, Colorado, of a stroke)

Burial site: Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

Error correction or clarification

* The birth information on her death certificate and headstone is erroneous. She was not born on the 19th, nor was she born in 1868.


More than two dozen sources were consulted in preparing this profile. The most in-depth of these was the 1999 biography, Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, by Kristen Iversen.

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