Many of the women joining the list of Famous NotMoms this week were sent in by our [cherished!] readers, and deserve to take a bow on the homepage, too. Singers are in the majority this time around — no reason, they just are. You may know a woman of note, as they say, who’s missing from from our list. Drop a line and let us know. There’s a ton of them out there, after all.
Let’s start with the the Historical category, and the only name I didn’t know:
Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese singer/actress (1920-1999)
The leading voice of Fado music and credited with its rise as a worldwide genre, she is beloved by the people of Portugal and fans. Her recording and on-stage career thrived for 55 years. (And yes, we have readers in Portugal! Olá!)
SIDEBAR: I wasn’t familiar with Fado, and I learned this from the interwebs:
“The Portuguese language has a word, saudade, which doesn’t translate into English. It roughly means ‘nostalgia’ or ‘homesickness’, but implies a bittersweet longing. This word, and its adjoining concept, form the basis of the lyrical content of fado music. Songs are often about lost or unrequited love, death and general sadness.”
Saudade! That was the pen name of a writer profiled here in 2012. It was the name of her blog, too. We never asked about it and probably should have. But with this new knowledge, I see it was a perfect choice for her.
One new name joins the Fictional grouping, too: Suzanne Sugarbaker, Designing Women (played by Delta Burke, who’s also a new list addition in her own right). If you’re not familiar with the social comedy from the 80s-90s, Grab a DVD soon!
Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer
Kristin Chenoweth, actress/singer
Sarah Silverman, comedian/actress. Let’s just say that Sarah embraces comedy that’s on the edge. It’s not for everybody, and if it shocks people, well, that was probably part of her intention. Watch this 2013 vid if you choose, but don’t say you weren’t warned.