Anne Bonny (1697-17XX) AKA The Pirate Queen of the Caribbean and born as Anne Cormac is a historic pirate from the Golden Age of Piracy.
Born Anne Cormac, Anne was the illegitimate daughter of an Irish lawyer who moved to Charleston, Carolina following her scandalous birth. It is said that she was a violent youth, likely due to frequent exposures to exploitative misogyny. She left her family when she was a young woman to marry a pirate named James Bonny and according to legend, burned down her family's plantation before her leaving.
After marrying Bonny and taking his surname, it would be revealed that he intended to sell her off for money in a pirate-haven. Anne escaped however with the help of a gay-brothel owner named Pierre who helped her disguise herself as a man and escape aboard a pirate-ship known as The William. Bonny became lovers with the captain of the vessel John "Calico Jack" Rackham (1682-1720) and was able to rise through the ranks of his pirate-fleet, all while disguised as a man.
On one fateful day, the William captured a British vessel and amongst the crew which turned coats to piracy was another woman disguised as a man by the name of Mary Read (1685-1721). Read was a street-rat orphan from London who had disguised herself as a man to join the Royal British Navy until she fell in-love with one of her fellow soldiers and the two retired to be married. When this husband died of illness, Read found herself unable to rejoin the Navy due to their awareness of her gender and could only find work at sea aboard the merchant vessel, once again passing as a man. When turning coat to the pirates of Rackham's crew, she found herself pursued by Bonny and the two became attracted to one another while both disguised as men. Eventually the two learned of one-another's gender and pursued the relationship anyways, eventually discarding their masculine aliases and being open about their womanhood, being infamous as The Pirate Queens of the Caribbean.
The two pirates surpassed Rackham in effectiveness and notoriety with Anne Bonny serving as the unofficial captain of the William with Read by her side. In 1720, their ship was ambushed by the British Royal Navy in a battle where all but one member of Rackham's crew hid in fear as Read and Bonny fought the British forces. In anger, the two began opening fire at the hiding spots of their crew and of Jack due to their cowardice. The pirates lost the battle and resulted in Bonny, Read and Rackham to be sent to the British-colony of Port Royal, Jamaica, a location infamous for its brutal treatment of pirates. Bonny and Read escaped the gallows for a time by claiming they were pregnant only for Mary to die of illness in prison. Bonny on the other-hand escaped the prison by unknown means, confronting Calico Jack before abandoning to tell him off for his cowardice, saying that if he had fought like a man then he wouldn't need be hanged like a dog. Anne Bonny proceeded to disappear off the face of the Earth while Calico Jack was hanged to death in Port Royal with his corpse being gibbeted outside the port as a warning to pirates.
Haunted Mansion Connections
One of Ken Anderson’s proposed scripts for the Haunted Mansion involved cameo appearances from famous pop-culture villains and ghosts. Anne Bonny was one of these villains, alongside Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Quasimodo, the Phantom of the Opera, Anne Boleyn, Lucrezia Borgia, Captain Hook, Jack the Ripper, King Tut, Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, the Canterville Ghost, Simon Legree, Little Eva, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, Great Ceasar's Ghost and the Lonesome Ghosts.
Pirates of the Caribbean was planned to make an appearance in the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which would have been a Madame Tussaud inspired walk-through attraction themed around historic pirates with an interconnected story to the Haunted Mansion. Bonny would have been shown alongside pirates such as Blackbeard, Jean Lafitte and Bartholomew Roberts. It was planned for this attraction that Roberts would later been the owner of the Haunted Mansion under the alias of Captain Gideon Gorelieu.
A mural of Anne Bonny and Mary Read arm-in-arm can be seen on the interior walls of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square along with murals of other famous pirates.
The Marc Davis design of Anne Bonny was repurposed for the, "Redhead" character seen in the auction seen of the original ride. In 2017, the character would be adapted into the pirate, "Redd" and have a much more Anne Bonny inspired personality, even having an Irish accent provided by voice-actress Grey DeLisle.