I had a rather long chat with Tom Selleck when he and his brother were discussing some designs with us 3 years ago.He's a really nice fellow and is especially proud of that film.
Actually, Kate Elder's (Kate Fisher's, Big Nose Kate's) real name was Mary Katherine Horoney. She was born in 1850 in Pesht, Hungary--the half of current Budapest on the east side of the Danube, Her father was a noted physician. When Napoleon III persuaded Maximilian von Habsburg to go to Mexico to be the 'Emperor,' Kate's father was appointed court physician. When it became obvious that the 'Empire' was going to fall, the family moved to Davenport, Iowa, where there was, at the time, a large Hungarian enclave.
Kate was an educated woman. She spoke 5 languages--her native Magyar (Hungarian), Austrian German, French, Spanish, & heavily-accented English. She & her siblings were orphaned when she was about 17. She was placed in a convent but ran away from it. She married a guy named Elder, but he was a drunk. She left him. She did support herself as a prostitute. She met & fell in love with Doc Holliday, probably when he was in Dallas. She may have been with him when he died. She was staying in Colorado with some of her siblings in 1886. Kate died in 1940 in the Arizona Old Pioneers' Home. She died the same day Doc did--54 years later--& was buried on her 90th birthday. In her later years she was married to a man named Cummings. Her tombstone, in the Old Pioneers' Cemetery, reads 'Mary K. Cummings.'