On Thanksgiving Day 1923 Martha Mansfield’s Dress Caught Fire After Filming The Warrens of Virginia

Thanksgiving Day in 1923 was a working day for silver screen star Martha Mansfield. She was on location in Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas, shooting a Civil War drama called The Warrens of Virginia. After a take, she went to her car to relax with some colleagues. But what happened next would be as horrific as it was unexpected.

Mansfield was born Martha Ehrlich on July 14, 1899, in New York City. Her parents were Maurice and Harriet Ehrlich. Her father abandoned the family when she was just 13 and left her mother to support Mansfield and her younger sister Edith.

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