Lillian St. Cyr

Lillian Margaret St. Cyr (1884 - 1974)

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Lillian Margaret "Lilly, Princess Red Wing" St. Cyr
Born in Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska, United Statesmap
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Sister of [half] and [half]
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[children unknown]
Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 21 Feb 2020 | Created 26 Oct 2019
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Lillian St. Cyr was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.

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Biography

Screen Persona

“Her carreer shaped the genre of silent westerns. Her film persona was so popular by 1912 that competing motion picture companies introduced their own “Red Wing” characters. However much she portrayed a stereotypical Indian princess, on-sceen Red Wing played women imbued with not only loyalty and love but also incredible strength and courage. A fitting persona for President Teddy Roosevelt’s era, Red Wing was a bareback-riding, gun-toting, sprightly western gal who, yes, sometimes died tragically — like a proper Indian princess — at the end of her films. However, before the curtain closed Red Wing usually broke several taboos and always saved the day. Clearly, Red Wing’s evolution as a stock film character owes its mass appeal to her namesake’s effervescent and the heroic spirit.” (Waggoner, Introduction)

Death and Burial

Although she died in New York City, her body was shipped home to be buried in Saint Augustine Mission Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA. (Find a Grave)

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