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.