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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #140 on: May 09, 2007, 03:54:57 pm »
Since she is my nick here on BetterMost, I feel happily obliged to add Penthesilea.

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She is a figure from Greek mythology. She was the queen of the female warriors, the Amazons. She was strong and brave and said to have a sharp tongue.

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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #141 on: May 09, 2007, 07:08:20 pm »




George Sand


If you haven't already seen the movie "Impromptu" with Judy Davis, Julian Sands, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patankin and Bernadette Peters (with Emma Thompson in a small cameo) please do.  It's overly romantic but amusing.

George Sand was an amazing author, personality, and all-around woman. She earned as much notoriety for her Bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. Born Aurore Dupin, she was the most famous woman writer in 19th-century France. She demanded for women the freedom in living that was a matter of course to the men of her day. Subsequent novels astounded readers with their frank exploration of women's sexual feelings and their passionate call for women's freedom to find emotional satisfaction. In the eyes of many critics, George's masterpiece is her autobiography. Though she was a brilliant writer, she was perhaps most famous for her personality and lifestyle.  Largely temperamental, rashly creative, fiery and opinionated - George pushed the limits in all kinds of ways. But perhaps most interesting is simply her look, the way she behaved herself (or rather, didn't), and how she acted around even the most distinguished aristocracy. George, of course, was not her birth name. She changed her name to George Sand when she became a writer. So Aurore, who happened to be married to a baron, left him (obviously a scandal in those times), took their two kids, moved out on her own, changed her name to George...and the rest is history. George had open and notorious relationships with famous men (artists, writers, musicians) she knew in Paris, including Jules Sandeau, Alfred de Musset, Frédéric Chopin, and others. She was friends with the best of them: Eugène Delacroix, Franz Liszt...and of course, most famously, with Chopin. She and Chopin had a complicated relationship, going from friends, to lovers... Their relationship was one of the most intriguing and unlikely in history. Chopin was aristocratic, well-behaved, finicky, proper, a bit stuffy even (gasp!!). And George was...well, George.

To protest the unequal treatment accorded to women - and to save money - George usually wore men's suits: shirt, pants, jacket, tie, top hat...the whole deal...she became a bit of an icon, the envy of so many proper ladies who wore their corsets and frilly dresses. Not only did George wear men's clothes, she also smoked cigars and had a rowdy sense of humor (much like Frida Kahlo).

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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #142 on: May 09, 2007, 07:15:38 pm »
Mathilde Krim

HIV/AIDS Researcher and Activist

Geneticist, activist, and philanthropist, born in Como, Italy. She moved with her family to Switzerland, and lived for a time in Israel, where she was a member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist organization. She married Arthur Krim, the American film company executive, and moved to New York City in 1958. Having earned her PhD in genetics (1953), she worked for some years in medical research laboratories and was possibly the first person ever to see DNA chromosomes through an electron microscope. In 1983 she founded the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Medical Foundation and became one of the first to devote herself to finding a cure for AIDS. Using her society connections, she was successful in fund-raising for the organization and in raising public awareness of the epidemic.

End of Article: Mathilde Krim Biography (1926– ) (née Galland)

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Dr. Krim was at my graduation.  I am proud to have pictures of her not far from me.  One of the first, and a very important HIV/AIDS activist and researcher.  A truly strong, beautiful and great lady.
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #143 on: May 09, 2007, 07:50:52 pm »
Sissy Spacek


Wonderful actress who never changed herself to comform to Hollywood's latest trend.




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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #144 on: May 09, 2007, 08:33:08 pm »


Country music singer and actress, Reba McEntire

Hot, sexy and talented!  :)



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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #145 on: May 09, 2007, 11:00:17 pm »
Babe Zaharias was an astonishing athlete. She began as a basketball All-American, then won two track and field golds at the 1932 Olympics. Next she turned professional and began touring the country, exhibiting her prowess in track, swimming, tennis, baseball, and even billiards. In 1935 Zaharias took up golf and excelled at that, too, winning 82 tournaments in a 20-year career. She was voted the outstanding woman athlete of the century in a 1950 Associated Press poll.
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #146 on: May 09, 2007, 11:25:30 pm »


Annie Oakley
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #147 on: May 09, 2007, 11:32:34 pm »


Diana Ross





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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #148 on: May 09, 2007, 11:40:22 pm »


The woman I've admired ever since I was knee high to a bean pole...


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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #149 on: May 09, 2007, 11:48:48 pm »
This is a terrific thread!  Thank you for starting it, Anke - and a big THANK YOU to everyone for *SO* many contributions already!

Here's mine:

Sheryl Crow
For her grace under duress, activism related to curing cancer and improving the environment, and of course, unforgettable music.

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