'Titanic': Who Was the Real "Molly Brown"?
James Cameron's Oscar-winning film Titanic was noted at the time for its historical accuracy. The filmmaker for example included many of the real-life passengers in the telling of his story. Probably the most famous first-class passenger of the real Titanic that was featured in the movie was Margaret "Molly" Brown.
As the RMS Titanic neared completion, the press was abuzz with excitement. The ship was the largest afloat at the time and was sold to the public as "unsinkable". That latter characteristic was especially exaggerated in that even the chief architect, Thomas Andrews, knew that no ship was immune to fatal damage. The Titanic was indeed a very safe ship because it was designed to stay afloat longer than other ships should it start to sink, allowing time for rescue. A series of fateful events and the arrogance of the era however led to the deadliest peacetime superliner sinking in history as the "unsinkable" Titanic went down on her first voyage. One of the passengers on that doomed crossing of the Atlantic was a woman that has gone on to inherit the very title that the ship lost. Watch the video above to learn more about "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".