Margaret Tobin Brown, also known as "The Unsinkable Molly
Brown," (although she was never known as "Molly"
in her lifetime actually being called Maggie) was an American socialite, philanthropist and activist who became famous as one of the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. She is portrayed by Kathy Bates.
Brown was married with a son and a daughter. Her husband had found some gold in the west. She boarded the RMS Titanic from Cherbourg as a first class passenger. Women from the first class would call her "new-money" and tried avoid her company.
She assisted Jack Dawson in winning over Rose DeWitt Bukater by lending him her son's tuxedo. She was one of the few people from the upper class that refused to discriminate against the lower class. Rose DeWitt Bukater was one of the other few kind-hearted upper class passengers.
When the Titanic sunk, Molly escaped in Lifeboat No. 6 and was one of the 705 survivors of the Titanic's shipwreck. She clashes with Quartermaster Robert Hichens in the lifeboat; Molly believed that, because there was plenty of room in the boat, they should pick up survivors in the water, but Hichens believed they would swamp the boat. She almost wins in her argument, until Hichens threatens to toss her overboard. In reality, just the opposite exchange occurred, and the boat did go back for survivors, of which none were found.
Molly, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, Quartermaster Hichens, and all the occupants of Lifeboat No. 6 were picked up by the RMS Carpathia early on the morning of April 15, 1912. The film does not state what happened to Molly Brown after the events of the sinking, so her fate is left unknown. However, in history, Brown died due to brain tumor in 1932. These historical facts were not stated in the film.