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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #90 on: May 08, 2007, 11:32:13 pm »
Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 September 13, 2006)Texas Govenor Ann Richards brought a vitality and outrageousness to the governorship that had not been seen in decades.  She was a fine  American politician and teacher from Texas. She first came to national attention, as the Texas state treasurer, when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention (detailed below). Considered the first woman elected governor of Texas in her own right, she served in that post from 1991 to 1995; she was defeated for re-election in 1994. Born during the start of the Depression, in rural Texas, Ann Richards died in Austin from esophageal cancer at the age of 73.

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« Reply #91 on: May 08, 2007, 11:36:18 pm »
Martha Elizabeth Beall Mitchell (2 September 1918 31 May 1976), wife of John Mitchell, United States Attorney General under President Richard Nixon. Martha Mitchell was famous for her phone calls to the press about matters the Nixon-era conspirators wanted kept under wraps. (That took strength and courage!)

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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #92 on: May 08, 2007, 11:40:21 pm »
Annie Liebovitz, great photographer of rock and roll and much more.




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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #93 on: May 08, 2007, 11:45:33 pm »


Betty Friedan, the American writer and social activist whose 1963 book The Feminine Mystique became one of the most influential manifestos of the modern feminist movement
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #94 on: May 08, 2007, 11:47:36 pm »


Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 January 31, 2007), American newspaper columnist, political commentator, and best-selling author from Austin, Texas
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #95 on: May 08, 2007, 11:48:02 pm »
Grace Metalious (September 8, 1924 February 25, 1964) was an American author, best known for shocking 1950's America out of it's puritanical hypocrisy with the controversial novel Peyton Place. It was Reviled by the clergy and dismissed by most critics as "trash," it nevertheless remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year and became an international phenomenon. The dark secrets of a small New England town made juicy reading for millions worldwide. Peyton Place appears to have been a combination of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, the village where she lived (and which resented notoriety), Laconia, New Hampshire, the only nearby town of comparable size to Peyton Place and site of Grace's favorite bar, and Alton, New Hampshire, the town where a few years previously a daughter had murdered her incestuous abusive father. Hollywood lost no time in cashing in on the book's success a year after its publication, Peyton Place was a major box office hit.

Metalious the "Pandora in bluejeans" was said by some to be a dreadful writer and a purveyor of filth, but her most famous book changed the publishing industry forever. With regard to her success, she said, "If I'm a lousy writer, then an awful lot of people have lousy taste," and as to the frankness of her work, she stated, "Even Tom Sawyer had a girlfriend, and to talk about adults without talking about their sex drives is like talking about a window without glass."



I remember my Momma reading Peyton Place in paperback.  She kept it tucked  between the seat cushion and the arm of her favorite chair.  :D
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #96 on: May 08, 2007, 11:50:42 pm »
Bette Midler...nuf said  ;)

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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #97 on: May 08, 2007, 11:54:48 pm »


Beverly Sills, American soprano.  After retiring from singing in 1980, she became Artistic Director of the New York City Opera.  In 1994, she was appointed Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera Board of Directors. She continues to use her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #98 on: May 08, 2007, 11:58:01 pm »


Beverly Sills, American soprano.  After retiring from singing in 1980, she became Artistic Director of the New York City Opera.  In 1994, she was appointed Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera Board of Directors. She continues to use her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.

OH YES! YES, YES... I met her once spent almost 20 minutes in conversation with her and a warmer, kinder more intelligent woman I have never had the pleasure to have passed time with.  So glad you remember her Meryl.  She has an incredibly delightful sense of humor too.
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Re: Strong, gorgeous women!
« Reply #99 on: May 09, 2007, 12:00:17 am »


Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934), American feminist icon, journalist and women's rights advocate. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine.
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