You Remind Me Of...

Up until recently, people would come up to me after a performance and say, "You remind me of ... (insert a popular celebrity of the time)"

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, people told me I looked like Linda Ronstadt. It was the late 70s, early 80s. I was performing six nights a week on stage at that time, singing a lot of Linda's past and current hits. We both had dark brown, straight hair, bangs, round faces. We both had that 'cute' vibe going. I sort of got it.

At that same time, people in the 'older' generation told me I looked like Teresa Brewer. I didn't know who she was. But I heard it so many times, I had to look her up. She was a popular singer in the 50s and 60s. She had a number one hit in February 1950 called 'Music, Music Music.' (Put another Nickel in the Nickelodeon...) I knew the song. Didn't know the artist. She had shorter hair--blond. Although she definitely had the 'cute' vibe, I didn't see the resemblance.

In the late 80s, people told me I looked like Paula Abdul. I was singing a lot of her songs at the time, danced like her. Dark hair, big smile, 'cute'. I got it.

In the 90s, some people told me I looked like Judy Tenuta. Remember her? The comedienne who played the accordion? But mostly people told me that I reminded them of actress Fran Drescher. I heard that A LOT. The TV sitcom, The Nanny, was a popular then. I was performing full-time as a character actress. My role was comedic. Like Tenuta and Drescher, I had long, dark hair and a quirky speaking voice. I absolutely got the comparison.

I was thinking the other day that no one tells me that I look like anyone anymore. Does it mean that I finally look like me? Although, I'm not a natural blond, I feel the the lighter color better suits my spirit. Anyway, I started thinking about Teresa Brewer again, looked up her website, and came across several pictures. We're closer in age here. At long last... I get it.


Mary Stella said…
ACK! I would never picture you as either Judy Tenuta OR Fran Drescher! You're MUCH cuter than either of them. Is the black and white picture on your blog of Teresa Brewer? Okay, I see a resemblance with her. It's in your cheeks and smile.

Actually, Beth, you do look like yourself and you are every bit as cute today as you were when I met you 10 years ago. Really. If I didn't love you so much, my dear friend, I'd be jealous of your elemental cuteness. *vbg*
Beth Ciotta said…
Good morning, M. I never minded the Tenuta/Drescher comparison. I think they're both cute and, honestly, I think it was more about personality and 'voice' than looks. LOL But thank you!

Yes, that's an older headshot of Teresa Brewer. I think you're right. It's in our cheeks and smiles. The dimples. :)

*Elemental cuteness* Hee-hee. That's sweet. Thanks M. Love you too!
Bethany said…
I see it! i see it... definitely the cheeks and smile. :-)
Jordan Summers said…
I see the resemblance with Teresa Brewer, particularly in the face shape and smile. BUT, I can honestly say you never reminded me of anyone other than Beth. *g*
Taylor said…
Oh, Beth, don't you see? The tables have turned now. Instead of you being compared to others your experience will soon no-doubt have others compared to you. It pays off to be talented like you!

P.S. - I don't know if you read my comment from yesterday's blog but I have a suprise for you. A man by the name of "John Miller" (Wink, wink) wrote a lovely review of "Jinxed" on for you. Do check it out if you have the time. Oh, and enjoy it too.
Beth Ciotta said…
Taylor, er, John, I saw the review! Wow. Thank you so much. I'm terribly flattered. I'm also impressed. You certainly have a fine way with words. Looking forward to reading one of your screen plays one day!!

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