Take a look at famous people named Mary, such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Mahoney, and Mary Seacole.
The film "Mary Magdalene," starring Rooney Mara as Jesus’s famous female follower and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus himself, has hit theaters. Critics say it presents Magdalene as a part of a feminist effort to "refute” the theory she was a prostitute redeemed by Jesus.
On this day in 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. The queen of England had imprisoned Mary for the previous 18 years after she’d fled Scotland. Elizabeth signed Mary’s death warrant after finding out that Catholics had been plotting to assassinate her to restore Mary to power.