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Time of Happiness (at Bonniebrook in Branson, MO)

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Rose O'Neill (1874–1944) was an illustrator who created a popular period cupid-like comic called Kewpie.In 1896 she became the first American women cartoonist with "The Old Subscriber" cartoon strip.She married Harry Leon Wilson in 1902.After a honeymoon in Colorado they moved to Bonniebrook where they lived for the next several winters.During the first three years Harry wrote a novel,for which Rose drew illustrations.One of Harry's later novels became popular and was made into several motion pictures,including a silent movie,a "talkie",and then a remake called Fancy Pants starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. Harry and Rose divorced in 1907.After returning to Bonniebrook,Rose concentrated on her artwork.During that period,she created the whimsical Kewpie characters she became popular for.The cartoon was instantly famous.In 1912 a German porcelain manufacturer started making Kewpie dolls.She made a fortune of $1.4 million, (= $15 million).


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