There are some people that look just eerily alike . . .
Such as, can you always tell the difference between Clark Gable and George Clooney?
Or what about Amy Adams and Catherine Deneuve?
Who is whose doppelgänger?
Do you have a lookalike? I once had a roommate that looked remarkably like Regina Spector.
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I wish I knew
who my double might be. . .
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I think its just the glasses/long hair/likes to sing combo.
Somebody else once told me that I look like Norma Shearer, a movie star from the 20s and 30s.
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Maybe, if I hacked off my hair, went all glam-crazy and started posing for anachronistically slutty/artsy pictures.
My personal favorite suggestion was actually made by my brother. . . My true doppelgänger is actually:
Because we can both unleash that blue steel like it’s our job!
Do you have somebody you could audition for a doublemint commercial with? Or do you ever notice eery similarities between stars of the past and present?
You’ve gotta ask, though, would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? If roses were called . . . feces or stinkers or something, would they still be quite as appealing? I have my doubts.
There are so many names I love, even some that circulate through my family, too. Chloe, Penfield, Charlotte (lottie!), Robert, Beatrix, Evelyn, Zoe, Nicolas, Merry, Henry, Isabelle, Ernest, Oscar, Frederick (Freddie), Tova, Nora, Josephine, Augusta, Lawrence, Della, Irene, Esther, Jack, Lucille/ Lucy, Maude, Emilie, Francis, Dorothy (Dot), Primrose, Rosalind, Pearl, Vera, Genevieve (Vivvy), Ruby, Horatio, Edmund, Calvin, Sidra, Eloise, Eileen, Sylvie, Rebecca, Wesley, Diana . . . you get the idea. BUT, you do have to wonder if it’s the person that makes the name or vice versa. I submit that great names don’t make great people, but that they can’t hurt!
Lets take a look at some snazzy names that went with some equally swanky ladies . . .
Gertrude Millar: An English Actress and Countess
Irene Vanbrugh, Sybil Carlyle and Muriel Beaumont: Three actresses who starred in The Admirable Crichton around the turn of the century.
Clara Bow: The actual original “It Girl” who was pretty much the sex symbol of the roaring twenties.
Myrna Loy: An actress and a dancer and quite a hair artist.
Tallulah Bankhead rocked her name with her famously husky voice, not to mention her panache on the stage and screen as an actress!
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton “Billie“ Burke was one of the first ladies to show me the magic of cotton-candy pink confectionary-like clothing as Glinda the Good Witch.
Maude Mary Hawk Fealy was in her first Broadway show at the age of 3 . . . plus, she was a silent movie starlette!
Daphne Du Maurier was that brilliant author who creeped people out (through Alfred Hitchcock) with her stories, including The Birds and Rebecca.
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw was a chorus girl and a model whose lover treated her as muse UNTIL her jealous husband shot the famous artist/architect atop a roof of a theater in Madison Square Garden in 1906.
These snazzy ladies with their equally snazzy old-fashioned names did some name trail-blazing, if you ask me. Would I want to be any one of them? No, that’s not my point. Do I love their names and their panache? Yes, yes I do.
I do so love old-fashioned names!
I know I am not alone in my perpetual crushing on Colin Firth, despite our huge age differential. The man successfully interprets such gorgeous sensitive men on screen, it’s hard not to believe he’s a little bit like that off-screen. Don’t agree with me?
Let’s look at the evidence:
#2: What a Girl Wants?
How can you see that last movie and not fall for Mr. Darcy a little?
#4: Bridget Jones Diary?
The whole “just the way you are” thing? Gets me every time.
#5: Or perhaps you’ll at least have seen Love Actually?
Anybody who would learn portuguese to woo the love of his life gets an A+ in the romance department as far as I’m concerned.
Colin Firth is one dreamy man.
I have learned several things recently.
- Paul McCartney had a dog named Martha, that he loved mucho!
- Jack the Ripper only had like, 5 confirmed victims. That’s not very many to have made such a name for himself. Just sayin’.
- Jimmy Stewart apparently got his start in showbiz by playing accordion!
- Hitler once got a letter from Gandhi giving advice.
- Homemade brownies are insanely good if you undercook them juuuust slightly and then eat the next day!
- Motivation is rarely useful to an individual if it all come from external sources.
Who says you ever stop learning?
Back when I was new to being a kid, I remember getting disproportionately excited on those two nights in late November/early December when I was allowed to stay awake and watch Christmas Specials! As the youngest of 4 (later to be displaced by my darling bouncing baby brother), it was always a big deal to get to stay up late with the big kids. Nowadays, all that old magic has been guillotined by the DVR and The Reign of Comcast, but I still love Christmas Specials!
Since I have had the latest beastly cold/virus/fever/misery that is going around, I decided to check out what Netflix has to offer in the way of Christmas Specials. Based on the way-too-much-quality-time I spent perusing Christmas Films (Classic and Novice alike), here are my top new recommendations*:
*Please note that these do not take the place of A Charlie Brown Christmas, The claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or the two animated Frosty The Snowman specials!
#1)VeggieTales: St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
Kudos to teaching kids about the actual origins of Santa Claus, VeggieTales. . . I was delightfully surprised by this one . . . plus, I really liked the not-so-subtle integration of Hoe Hoe Hoe!
#2) Christmas Classics: Volume 1
This is a collection of “Classics” I had never seen before. . . quite the line-up, if I do say so myself. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen old-school Rudolph’s “BRB” letter to his parents.
And what about Professor Inventor-Claus and how he saved Christmas-at-the-Orphanage with nothing but his noggin, a bottomless-box of cotton puffs, and his uncanny ability to spit nails? Or Jack Frost’s ability to save errant bear cubs by transforming ice into candy using special paint? And the otter-chorus singing about winter? And what about the doll that inhales a balloon and becomes a rotund night-club singer? Cala lilies that dispense chocolate syrup? There’s really no end to the fascinating things you can see in this compilation set-up, friends. I didn’t even get into the ridiculous racial and cultural stereotyping that happens – downright educational.
#3) Yes, Virginia
This is the story of a highly skilled young découpage artist who grows up with the misguided-yet-timeless, ever-perpetuated belief in the infallibility of the print media. . . okay, just kidding. . . sort of. It’s also about Santa Claus being real, particularly because he represents an idea that individuals can make real. It’s all very well-made and lovely.