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On My Mind: 2-14-2018

Aud - I stumbled upon some photos of Audrey Hepburn during her days as a chorus girl - she was posing on top of a building with some other chorus girls and some ice in a bid to stay cool during a summer day. The other girls were Enid Smeedon and Aud Johansen. I thought Aud's name was especially interesting. Aud is the modern form of Auðr, an old Norse name meaning "wealth, prosperity".

Dulcinea - A gorgeous name, especially for those who like longer, more dramatic options. Dulcinea would be a lovely name for a Valentine's baby - it comes from the Spanish dulce, meaning "sweet", and was invented by Miguel de Cervantes for the love interest of Don Quixote.

Pollux - I was surprised by this name's meaning - "very sweet" - because I don't think I've ever seen a boy's name with a meaning like it. In Greek mythology, Pollux is the twin of Castor, sons of Zeus, and the constellation Gemini is meant to represent them.

Names of the Ziegfeld Girls

Hazel Forbes by Alfred Cheney Johnston
The "Ziegfeld Follies" were theatrical productions on Brodway which ran from 1907 to 1931, with two more shows in 1934 and 1936. They were the brainchild of Florenz Ziegfeld (though his wife probably thought it up), who was inspired by the Folies Bergère, a famous cabaret music hall in Paris. Almost as famous as the shows themselves were the "Ziegfeld Girls", beautiful chorus girls in elaborate dresses. Many actresses were also Ziegfeld Girls, from Marion Davies to Barbara Stanwyck (a few listed below later became actresses) and just as many were turned down, including Lucille Ball, Norma Shearer, and Joan Crawford. Here are interesting names from just as interesting women.

Cecile Arnold
Joan Blondell
Adrienne Ames
Billie Dove
Justine Johnstone
Kitty Kelly
Tamara Geva
Micki Marlo
Caja Eric
Bird Millman
Kay English
Geneva Mitchell
Mitzi Mayfair
Nita Naldi
Lucia Pamela
Alice Wilkie
Muriel Finlay
Ruby Keeler
Harriet Hoctor
Frieda Mierse
Bee Palmer
Lilyan Tashman
Olive Thomas
Hazel Forbes
Drucilla Strain
Fanny Brice
Anna Held
Lillian Lorraine
Anastasia Reilly
Vivienne Segal
Doris Eaton Travis
Odette Myrtil
Allyn King
Catherine La Rose


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