The Daily Mashup: Tina Turner to Tina Fey

23 Jun

HARK! (7)Tina Turner is most successful in her career as a singer, termed the most successful female rock artist ever. She’s listed in the Guinness Book of Records for selling more concert tickets than any solo performer in history. You’ve probably heard some of her most famous songs, such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and her rendition of “Proud Mary.” She is the winner of eight Grammy awards and has sold around 200 million records worldwide. If Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, then Tina Fey is the Queen of Comedy. Fey has received eight Emmys, two Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards for her work. Within the comedy field, she’s considered to be one of the best and she still continues to be a trailblazing woman comedian. She is well known for her work in the Saturday Night Live (SNL) series, being the creator of the critically acclaimed show 30 Rock, and performing as an actress in multiple, wildly successful films.

Here are a few similarities: 

Tina Turner and Tina Fey weren’t always named Tina, in fact, they both were born with different names. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939. It was her husband, Ike Turner, who thought of the name change to “Tina,” because it rhymed with television character “Sheena” from the comic book Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. It’s believed that Ike renamed 21-year-old Anna Mae Bullock because he didn’t want her to run off and make a name for herself. Later, Ike admitted that another reason for the name change was to keep Tina’s former lovers from returning to her. Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. “Tina” is taken from the latter part of her middle name. Fey changed her name for purely aesthetic reasons.

These famous ladies knew they were destined for stardom from the beginning and started getting interested in their future careers at a very young age. Turner realized she had a talent for singing and became a member of Nutbush’s Spring Hill Baptist Church choir as a child. Barely in her teens, high schooler Turner quickly immersed herself in St. Louis’s R&B scene, spending much of her time at Club Manhattan with her older sister. It was there, in 1956, that she met rock-and-roll pioneer Ike Turner, band member of the Kings of Rhythm. Few women had ever sung with him, but it wasn’t long before Turner was performing with the group, quickly becoming the highlight of their show. Tina Fey was introduced to comedy by her parents at a young age and grew up watching Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, Second City Television, and old Marx Brothers movies. By age 11, she had already read Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians by Joe Franklin for a school project about comedy. As a teenager, she knew she was interested in comedy and, by high school, she was taking drama classes and writing consistently. It was Fey’s 8th grade teacher who encouraged her to be a writer. To People Magazine, Fey said originally, she thought, “I don’t want to be a writer, ’cause then you’re just by yourself in a room all the time. I want to be a star!” After earning a degree in drama from the University of Virginia, she moved to Chicago to start her comedy career at The Second City.

Both women found success while performing on none other than the famously hilarious late-night sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). Tina Turner, in her first solo act ever, performed at The Ritz in NYC in 1981. Rod Stewart noticed her and following that performance, asked her to join him on SNL to perform a duet of his song “Hot Legs.” This performance brought her recognition and the beginning of her fame, and Stewart later hired Turner to open for him on his U.S. tour. In comparison, Tina Fey got her break out role on SNL and is still considered one of the most famous SNL cast members of all time. Fey worked at SNL for nine years before starting her career developing her hit show 30 Rock. In 2015, in Rolling Stone Magazine‘s appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Fey was ranked as number three in importance, right behind John Belushi and Eddie Murphy. Fey was also SNL‘s first female head writer.

These beautiful women didn’t have to go looking for a husband because they both married to men they worked with. Tina Turner found Ike Turner as a teenager at Club Manhattan. After joining his band, the Kings of Rhythm, and starting their own duo ‘Ike & Tina Turner Revue,’ the couple’s success was picking up pace and they married in 1962. By the mid-1970s, their marriage had fallen apart due to Ike’s cocaine addiction, frequent infidelity, and his physical abuse of Tina. She is currently married to her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bach, whom she met at a record label party in London in 1985. Tina Fey found love two years into her career at The Second City in Chicago with the show’s piano player turned musical director, Jeff Richmond. They are still married and live with their two daughters in NYC.

Turner and Fey aren’t one-trick ponies, for both of them have succeeded in multiple fields. In addition to being a famous singer, Turner has also experienced success in films, including a role in the 1975 rock musical Tommy and a starring role in the 1985 Mel Gibson blockbuster film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as a cameo role in the 1993 film Last Action Hero. Tina is also known as a very good dancer and choreographer. With her success as an entertainer who can act, sing, and dance, Tina Turner is a triple threat. Tina Fey, in addition to being a respected and highly regarded comedian, is an actress, writer, and producer. Along with being a head writer for SNL, Fey was the creator, executive producer, writer, and star of the show 30 Rock. Over the course of the series, the show was nominated for 112 Emmy awards and won 16, in addition to numerous other nominations and wins from other awards shows. Fey has also acted in multiple movies, including the successful teen comedy Mean Girls, which she also wrote. Fey teamed up with her BFF Amy Poehler for Baby Mama, which grossed over $64 million at the box office. Next she costarred with Steve Carrell in the 2010 comedy Date Night and has acted other successful films.

You know you’ve made it when you can write a book about yourself and have it become a bestseller. Both Tina Turner and Tina Fey wrote successful autobiographies. Turner’s book, entitled I, Tina, describes the story of young girl born in Tennessee who rises to fame after meeting Ike Turner. She describes their abusive relationship that ended before she became an international superstar. The book, after being published in 1986, became a worldwide best-seller and led to the film adaption, What’s Love Got to Do with It. Fey’s autobiography, the hilarious Bossypants, gives her life story as to how she became a member of SNL and what she went through to create 30 Rock. Her book topped The New York Times Best Seller list, and stayed there for five straight weeks upon its release in 2011. The book has sold over one million copies in the U.S. and Fey’s narration of the audiobook was Grammy nominated.
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The Daily Mashup: Thomas Edison to Tom Hanks

22 Jun

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Thomas Edison is one of the most famous American inventors, recognized for developing many world-changing devices, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and of course, the light bulb. February 11th, Thomas Edison’s birthday, is National Inventor’s Day, designated by the US Congress. Thomas “Tom” Hanks is one of the most respected and well-liked American actors, known for his roles in films such as Forrest GumpSaving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, and Captain Phillips. He has won numerous awards during his career, including multiple Golden Globes to Academy Awards to the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion. As of 2014, Hanks’ films have grossed over $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history.

Here are a few similarities:

These guys both know what it’s like to grow up with a big family. Edison and Hanks were one of seven. Edison, although he was his mother’s favorite son, grew up in a crowded home with six other siblings. Edison was the youngest and also the smartest of the bunch, eager to learn even with his undiagnosed ADHD. Hanks grew up as one of four, with three brothers and one sister. His parents got divorced when he was only four years old. When he was in high school, his father remarried and he gained three new step-siblings, bringing the total to seven.

These two are obviously very successful individuals, but it turns out they weren’t so successful socially. Thomas Edison and Tom Hanks were not popular in school. Edison’s head was oddly larger than average and he donned a noticeably broad forehead. As a young student, his moderately unusual demeanor and appearance as well as his wandering mind made him somewhat of an outcast. At age seven, after only three months of schooling, Edison’s teacher lost his patience with the persistent questioning and self-centered nature of the boy. Edison was home-schooled for the rest of his education by his mother. When Hanks is asked about his early childhood, he doesn’t remember it too fondly. He was unpopular with teachers and students. He didn’t have too many friends and he told Rolling Stone in an interview: “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.” It looks like if we went to school with either of these guys when we were young, we probably would’ve avoided them.

Before Edison and Hanks were famous, they both sold food as a kid to earn money. Edison worked on a train in Michigan running from the city of Port Huron to Detroit as a young boy. He sold candy and newspapers to passengers, and occasionally vegetables to supplement his income. As a teenager in California, Hanks worked at the Oakland Coliseum and sold concessions at A’s and Raiders games.

Believe it or not, both Edison and Hanks had dreams of becoming an actor and a love for Shakespeare. Edison’s father urged Edison to read all of the classics, giving him 10 cents for every one he completed. Because of this, Edison gained a great appreciation for literature, especially Shakespeare. His fondness for Shakespeare’s plays even lead him to briefly consider becoming an actor. However, his high-pitched voice and his extreme shyness before every audience led him to give up the idea. Hanks became a fan of acting at a young age attending many different plays. As he grew older, he liked to make a lot of noise and be flamboyant so he turned to acting as a career. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College for two years then at California State University. Hanks has acted in multiple Shakespeare plays, such as his first professional performance in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and he was a member of Riverside Shakespeare Company.

New York City is the place where Edison and Hanks started moving up in their careers. After inventing the phonograph, Edison looked toward electricity and the light bulb. He formed the Edison Electric Light Company, now known as General Electric (GE), in New York City. It was after creating this company that he successfully invented an electric lamp and made the first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb on December 31, 1879, in Menlo Park. During this time he is quoted saying: “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” At age 23, Hanks moved to NYC where he made his film debut, funnily enough, in a slasher movie entitled He Knows You’re Alone. After moving to New York in 1979, he also got roles in television shows, a game show, and other small movies. It wasn’t until 1988 with his starring role in Big that Hanks solidified his career as a major Hollywood talent.

Edison and Hanks both had two wives. When Edison was 24, he married 16-year-old Mary Stilwell. She was an employee in one of his shops. They had three children together before she died at age 29 from a brain tumor. He remarried at age 39 to 20-year-old Mina Miller. They also had three children together. They remained married until Edison’s death in 1931. Hanks got married to American actress Samantha Lewes when he was 22. The marriage lasted nine years and they had two children together, Colin and Elizabeth. One year after their separation, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson, whom he met filming Volunteers, a movie they costarred in together. Hanks and Rita have been married 27 years and have two sons, Chet and Truman Theodore.

These men may not have lived in the same time period, but they both have been involved in filmmaking. One of Edison’s inventions is in fact a motion picture camera or the “Kinetograph.” He made an electromechanical design and a peep-hole viewer, or a “Kinetoscope” which allowed people to watch short, simple films. It made its first debut in 1891. By 1896, New York City was projecting motion pictures in public screenings. Hanks may not have actually invented the technology to make films, but he has played a part in creating the films themselves. He made his directing debut with his 1996 film That Thing You Do! Next, he executive produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO docudrama From the Earth to the Moon. Him and his wife Rita produced the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He is most known for his involvement with legendary Stephen Spielberg to create one of the finest war films ever made, Saving Private Ryan. 

One fun little fact is that these men are connected by President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was president during Thomas Edison’s lifetime, being elected in 1861 when Edison was 14 years old. Tom Hanks is actually a fourth cousin, four generations removed, of Abraham Lincoln, of all people. What a cool relative to have!

 

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The Daily Mashup: Harry Truman to Harry Styles

19 Jun

MASHUPS (9)Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, considered to be one of the best presidents in U.S. history. He ranks as 5th best in the polls behind Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt. Truman was the running mate of Franklin D. Roosevelt and took over the presidency after only 3 months in 1945 following Roosevelt’s death. Harry Styles was never a U.S. President (you have to be 35 to even run) and it’s probably safe to say he never will be. However, his boyishly handsome good looks and his musical talents landed him a spot in the boyband One Direction. The band’s debut song “What Makes You Beautiful” has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, making it among one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Here are a few similarities:

These men may be tough guys on the outside, but it’s no secret these two are both momma’s boys. Pretty cute, right? Truman was very close to his mother, who was exceedingly supportive of him particularly during his childhood. She encouraged his interests in music, reading, and history. As president, he asked for political as well as personal advice from her. Styles is known for his close relationship with his mother as well. When asked which of Styles’ accomplishments he is most proud of, he says he’s most proud of things his mother considers the most impressive. His mother has revealed that her son will call her up to five times a day, unless there’s a massive time difference between them, in which case he texts that he loves and misses her.

Both Truman and Styles are musicians. Turns out they both can play the piano. Truman had bad eyesight his whole life, creating barriers for him to overcome. He wasn’t able to participate in sports as a child so he turned to music and reading. He got up at five every morning to practice the piano, which he studied twice a week until he was fifteen and continued playing into adulthood. Styles, being a member of a band, decided about three years ago that he wanted to learn to play the piano because he’s eager to discover other artistic endeavors. He has taken many regular lessons with a tutor to improve his skills.

These two successful dudes didn’t use education to move up in the world. In fact, they didn’t earn a college degree. Truman had dreams of attending West Point, but he was refused an appointment because of his poor eyesight. Following his high school graduation in 1901, Truman worked at a variety of jobs. He found employment in farming, oil drilling and banking before enlisting in the army during WWI in 1917. He then ran for the county judge position in his state of Missouri, then for the U.S. Senate, and finally as Roosevelt’s running mate. He is the most recent president to not earn a college degree. Styles attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in England and took his GCSEs (final high school exams in the UK) before auditioning as a solo singer on The X Factor in 2010. Failing to progress in the show being a solo act, he was matched up with four other solo boys his age to make a group. Styles thought of the name “One Direction” and they came in 3rd place on The X Factor that year. Simon Cowell signed them to his record label and the rest is history.

These Harrys are also both democrats. Well, sort of. As a teenager, Harry Truman worked as a page at the 1900 Democratic National Convention and his father had many friends who were active in the Democratic Party, helping Truman gain his first political position. He gained the vice presidential nomination in 1944 to join Roosevelt. Harry Styles’ political views are linked to the Labour Party of the UK, which is a centre-left political party. In the UK, instead of democrat and republican, they have the Labour Party and the Conservative Party. The Labour Party contains trends that are socially democratic.

Truman, along with Styles, were both raised Christian. Truman was brought up in the Presbyterian and Baptist churches. However, he rarely spoke about religion and he avoided revivals, sometimes ridiculing revivalist preachers. In the army, most of the soldiers he commanded were Catholic, a few were Jewish, and the others were of different denominations. He got along with all of them. Styles, like Truman, doesn’t speak much about religion though the general consensus is that he is Catholic. Styles wears a crucifix around his neck, a symbol of the Catholic church.

Truman and Styles have both had the honor of meeting the Queen of England. Right before her coronation, Harry Truman met then Princess Elizabeth when she came to Washington D.C. in 1951. She and Prince Philip stayed with Truman and his family at Blair House (the White House was undergoing major renovations). Princess Elizabeth delighted Truman and the American people. Truman told Elizabeth, that according to his wife, “Whenever anyone becomes acquainted with you they immediately fall in love.” How charming. Harry Styles met Queen Elizabeth in 2012 along with the other One Direction boys during the Royal Variety Performance in London, England. Styles was star struck and wrote on Twitter that night, “Today, I met the Queen. Amazing night.. Can’t believe it!”

 

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The Daily Mashup: Anne Frank to Anne Hathaway

18 Jun

MASHUPS (8)Anne Frank is one of the most inspirational people the world has ever known. Her diary documenting her time in hiding as a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust is one of the most widely read books, published in more than 60 languages. It has become a required read in many school curriculums and a tool for teaching the world what hope really looks like. Anne Hathaway is an American actor, singer, and producer who is adored by millions of fans and respected in the Hollywood community as one of their finest actresses. She has won both Academy and Golden Globe awards for her performances.

Here are a few similarities:

Anne Frank was born as a German citizen in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1941, because of antisemitism and the beginning of the Holocaust, she lost her German citizenship. Turns out both Anne Frank and Anne Hathaway have German roots. Hathaway has mostly Irish and French ancestry, but her and her family also have distant German lineage.

Anne Frank and Anne Hathaway both have connections to Judaism. Frank was raised as a liberal Jew, and did not observe all of the customs and traditions of Judaism. Before going into hiding, Frank and her family lived in an assimilated community of Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Even though her family moved out of Germany to the Netherlands, the Germans invaded the Netherlands and began segregating as well as persecuting Jews. Anne Hathaway was raised strictly Catholic and even heavily considered becoming a nun at age 11. However, at age 15, her brother came out to her family as gay and she separated herself from Catholicism, unable to support a religion that didn’t support her brother. Hathaway’s connection to Judaism comes from her marriage to a Jewish man, Adam Shulman. The couple was married in 2012 with an interfaith Roman Catholic and Jewish service.

From a young age, both Frank and Hathaway had dreams of being an actress. Frank wrote in her diary about how she longed to be an actress because she loved watching movies. She even glued movie star photographs to her wall, which can be seen at the Anne Frank House. Sadly, Jewish people were forbidden to attend the movie theaters starting in 1941. Hathaway’s mother, Kate, is an actress and inspired her daughter to become one as well. Kate has played Fantine in the first U.S. tour of Le Misérables in addition to other roles. Hathaway, unlike Frank, was able to follow out her dreams and is now one of the most famous and beloved actresses in Hollywood.

A charming common thread between these famous girls is Shakespeare. Frank loved quoting Shakespeare and found his work powerful in themes of love, happiness, and justice. Hathaway’s parents decided to name their daughter after Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. She also appeared as Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s summer 2009 Twelfth Night production.

Anne Frank excelled early on in reading and writing as a student. She wrote very frequently in her diary and became a well known writer after her diary was published. She’s hailed as a remarkable writer for her young age, wisely commenting on WWII, the Holocaust, and human experience. It looks like Frank isn’t the only one interested in reading and writing. Hathaway also loves to read great literature and though she isn’t a writer, she appreciates good writing. Her favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Hathaway has even said that if her acting career hadn’t worked out, she wanted to be an English teacher.

Both Annes support women’s rights. Anne Frank has many famous quotes about her belief that everyone has some goodness within them and about the importance of having hope. Another lesser-known theme in Frank’s diary is one that supports women’s rights and equality. One of these quotes is, “Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?…. Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!” Seems like Anne Frank was a feminist! Anne Hathaway is one too. She’s a women’s rights honoree of both Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” tribute and The Step Up Women’s Network, which is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting, connecting, and advancing women and girls.
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The Daily Mashup: Leonardo da Vinci to Leonardo DiCaprio

17 Jun

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Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many talents and is considered to be one of the smartest people to ever live. He is best known for his skills in painting, including of course the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Other than a painter, da Vinci was also a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. That’s a lot of talents! However impressive that he is, he wasn’t ever an actor or film producer like our American treasure Leonardo DiCaprio. Though they don’t have any talents or professions in common, they share plenty of other things.

Here are a few similarities:

An obvious comparison is that these two have the same name, but it is also true that this was intentionally done. When DiCaprio’s mom was pregnant with him, she and DiCaprio’s dad happened to be in a gallery in Florence, Italy. They were looking at some of the great works of da Vinci. When looking at one of the paintings done by the famous artist, DiCaprio kicked for the first time. According to DiCaprio, his father took this as a cosmic sign and the couple decided his name had to be Leonardo.

From the name Leonardo, it’s easy to assume these two men are Italian. Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci in the region of Tuscany, Italy and spent most of his childhood there. Both of his parents were also Italian. Once his professional career started, he lived in other places around Italy and for a period spent some time living in France. Leonardo DiCaprio has Italian roots from his father who is half Italian and came from the Naples area in Italy.

These Leonardos were both raised Roman Catholic. Leonardo da Vinci was baptized into the Roman Catholic Chruch but because of his in-depth research and dedication to science, he had a hard time relying on the faith-based teachings of Christianity. He was far from being a devout Catholic, writing very little about religion, and created religious paintings simply because he was commissioned to do so. Leonardo DiCaprio shares this stray from Catholic roots by claiming he is non-religious but he isn’t an atheist. In other words, da Vinci and DiCaprio seem relatively uninterested in religion.

Another thing they have in common is that they were both an only child. Leonardo da Vinci was actually the result of an out-of-wedlock relationship between his father, a wealthy Florentine legal notary named Piero da Vinci, and a peasant named Caterina. He was the only child of his wealthy father and peasant mother, until he gained a few half siblings from is father’s third and forth marriages when Leonardo was in his 20s. Leonardo DiCaprio was the only child born from parents Irmelin and George DiCaprio. When Leonardo was one year old, his parents split and he remained an only child.

Speaking of parents, both da Vinci and DiCaprio were raised by their mother. Though there is little known about Leonardo da Vinci’s childhood, we know he spent at least the first five years of his life on a small settlement within a village in Vinci with his peasant mother. She took care of him until he was moved to his father’s home when he was a little older. Leonardo DiCaprio lived mostly with his mother after his parent’s divorce. Him and his mother lived in several different neighborhoods in the LA area. His mother worked several jobs to support them both.

Leonardo da Vinci and Leonardo DiCaprio surprisingly both struggled with a mental or learning disorder during their lifetimes. Da Vinci struggled with dyslexia, a learning disorder which leads to difficulty with reading despite normal intelligence. Problems include not being able to sound out words, read quickly, write words, pronounce words, or understand what was read. DiCaprio revealed to Katy Couric in 2004 that he struggled with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for most of his adult life. OCD is a mental disorder that occurs when excessive thoughts lead to repetitive behaviors. He often feels the need to walk through doorways multiple times.

Both have a connection to the LGBT community. It is heavily speculated that da Vinci was gay and Sigmund Freud also supports this. In a letter from Freud to a mother of a gay son who wished him to be “treated” by Freud, the psychoanalysis expert comforted her by telling her that being gay is neither a crime or a sickness. In the letter he states, “Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest men among them.” He then lists the names of Plato, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci as examples. DiCaprio himself isn’t gay, but he is a gay rights activist. He donated $61,000 to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in 2013, an organization dedicated to promoting the image of the LGBT community in the media.
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The Daily Mashup: Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep

16 Jun

Mashups (3)Marilyn Monroe and Meryl Streep are easily two of the most celebrated and well known actresses. Marilyn is a dynamite sex symbol who transformed the world of celebrity. Meryl Streep, though not considered a sex symbol by any means, shares Marilyn’s signature blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and translucent pale skin.

Here are a few similarities: 

Starting from the very beginning, both of these blonde beauties were born with a different name. Marilyn Monroe was first named Norma Jeane Mortensen. Not a very sexy name, now is it? At age 20, Marilyn gained a contract deal with 20th Century Fox and the executive Ben Lyon told her she needed a stage name. After deciding to adopt her mother’s maiden name of Monroe, she debated between Norma Monroe or Jeane Monroe. Lyon told her that these names were too common, suggesting Marilyn because she reminded him of Marilyn Miller. Meryl Streep was born with the name Mary Louise Streep, after her mother whose name was also Mary. She combined her first and middle name to be Meryl, a more unique and recognizable name.

These leading ladies also have their choices of living location in common. Marilyn and Meryl both lived in NYC and LA. Marilyn was born in Los Angeles in 1926 but moved around to various foster homes around the state of California after her mother Gladys gave her up. She became a resident of New York during her breakthrough period in 1955. Marilyn lived in 43 different homes in her lifetime, but only owned one. This home is in Brentwood, Los Angeles and is the home where she was found dead at age 36. Meryl grew up in New Jersey but moved to New York in 1975 at the age of 26. New York is where she made her debut as an actress. After getting married to her current husband and having four children, Meryl moved into a $3 million mansion in Los Angeles.

Speaking of Los Angeles, Marilyn and Meryl both have their very own Hollywood Walk of Fame stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Marilyn earned hers in 1960 and it is located on the popular 6700 block in front of McDonalds. Meryl earned hers in 1998 and hers is located in the most coveted placement of all, in front of the Roosevelt Hotel.

In addition to both being actresses, Marilyn and Meryl have both acted in dramas, comedies, and musicals. Though Marilyn acted mostly in the comedy genre, a total of 45 comedies in total, she also acted in 7 musicals and 34 dramas. In 1954 Marilyn played Vicky Parker in There’s No Business Like Show Business, which is actually a drama, comedy, and a musical all in one. Meryl has appeared in the documentary genre, with an astounding total of 139, as well as 82 comedies and 12 musicals. Meryl is well known for her role as Donna in Mamma Mia!, classified as both a musical and a comedy.

Both being recognized actresses, it is natural that both have received multiple Golden Globes. Marilyn has won 3 Golden Globes, including Best Actress for Some Like It Hot, and she was nominated for one other. Meryl has won 8 Golden Globes and was nominated for 20 more. Her most recent win was in 2012 for Best Actress for her film The Iron Lady.

Like most of Hollywood stars, Marilyn and Meryl are both Democrats. Marilyn was reportedly registered as a Democrat and lived her whole life as a liberal Democrat. Meryl is also a Democrat, making contributions to Obama’s campaign in 2008. In fact, all of her other contributions, totaling to $30,00 since 1981, have been to Democrats. She is humble about her religious and political views but takes an active role in good causes. Her most recent involvement with the government was when she urged Congress to build a National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C., arguing for the importance of giving great women recognition on the National Mall.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce

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