Saturday, April 06, 2013

A-Z Blog Challenge F = Famous

Susan - the Queen's corgi
Confession time! I was chatting to my good friend and talented author Elin Gregory yesterday when I told her I was thinking of taking the weekend off so I could write. "You can't," she said. "What about the A-Z? Tell you what, I'll write your post for you."

Isn't that the best type of friend to have? Please take time out to nip over to her blog. Her theme for the A-Z is history and, I tell you, what she doesn't know about her subject isn't worth waving a stick at. 

And here's Elin's post written specially for me! Famous Susans:


Some days you need a reminder that you're not doing so badly and it's quite nice to speculate that your name could be up there in lights.

There are a shed load of famous Susan for instance, some of whom are even real people!

How about Susan Saradon? She's pretty spectacular. Or Susan Pevensie who kicked ass in the Narnia Series until she discovered boys and got boring. Or Susan B Anthony, leader of the US suffragette movement who in the 19th century laid the foundations for the feminist movement – we've come a long way ladies. As a result of changing attitudes it was possible for  Susan La Flesche Picotte to become the first Native American woman to qualify and practice as a doctor.

There's a Susanna in the bible, due to be stoned, but some sharp talking by Daniel got her off and her accusers consigned to the pit instead. And a Saint Susanna who lost her head to Diocletian – remember her next August 11th.

And finally my favourite Susan who spent so long in the service of Queen Elizabeth II that she was viewed as a family member.

Can you think of any famous people with your name?


Do visit Elin, you won't regret it: http://elingregory.wordpress.com/


26 comments:

  1. Donna Summer
    Donna Mills
    Donna Reed
    Donna Fargo

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  2. Love that corgi! I also admire Susan Sarandon

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  3. Let's see, there's author Luanne Rice and there was recently a character on Sons of Anarchy who was named Luann (she was a porn queen, though). Oh, and singer Lulu might count. I've been called that before. So, um, not a lot of famous Luannes out there...which leaves the field wide open for me. :D

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    1. Lulu will definitely count - and you're next!

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  4. The "Famous Susans" post was fun to read since I am also a Susan. I have written about famous things happening on my birthday but never about my name. Maybe someday.

    BTW - I am here from the A-Z challenge.

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    1. Hi Susan - there are a lot of us about :-) Welcome

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  5. Stockard Channing's real name is Susan too!
    The only Paula I can think of is Paula Abdul.

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    1. I didn't know that, Paula!

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  6. The corgi is such a doll!
    Julie Andrews is the only famous Julie I can think of off the top of my head. Heading over to Elin's blog now, I love history so I'm sure I will love her theme.

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    1. You will love her theme, Julie (Elin's not Julie Andrews's)

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  7. Shannon Sharp (football player) and Shannon Tweed (actress married to Gene Simmons). Oh, and there's another Shannon who stars in comedies, but I just forgot her last name.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. You're the most famous Shannon I know :-)

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  8. Nick Cage
    Nick Cave
    Nick Grimshaw (British DJ)
    Nicholas Nickleby!

    What a nice friend to write your post for you. Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

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    1. Hi Nick. Oh and Nick Drake - one of my favorite singers, sadly died too young :-(

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  9. Erm...Julia Roberts...which is my real (married) name :-)Awkward, as I can't use it as a writer, but sometimes interesting. I was called to audition for a TV channel a few years back, which was running an ad based on ordinary (me....ordinary??!)people with famous names. So, I got to sit in a room with a couple of Pamela Andersons and a George Michael, who owned a corner shop. I didn't get the part - clearly not ordinary enough ;-)

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    1. You mean there are more Pamela Andersons???? No, Julia you're extraordinary!

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  10. I have evil Susans in a few of my stories - it just became a strange tradition ;)

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  11. No Jolie that I can think of!

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    1. I was going to say Angelina!!! But that would be wrong :-(

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  12. That's a true friend :)
    I can only think of a crime author, Lynda LaPlante

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    1. Elin is a true friend :-) I love work by Lynda LaPlante

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