Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If I Could Be Anyone I'd Be...
In honor of Talli Roland's book launch, we are to select the celebrity whom we would most like to be. Growing up I wanted to be Barbra Streisand, because she could belt out a song better than anyone else, and still walk away with her handsome leading men.
As time went on I noticed I shared a striking resemblance to another celebrity. She was not an Oscar winning singer, songwriter and actress. Instead she was famous for being an infamous home wrecker. Yes Camilla Parker Bowles and I share the same hip hairstyle, are both long in the tooth, and lack pigment. But I draw the line at wearing hats, and I won't give up my comfortable shoes.
Which brings me to the only celebrity whose shoes I could possibly fill if I bound my feet, Clara Peller. The retired manicurist from Chicago became a star, when she was hired to play the baritone lead in a Wendy's hamburger commercial.
The octogenarian stole the show by uttering three words, "Where's the beef?" She was a huge success from 1984-1985 until she got fired for bellowing, "I found it!" in a Prego spaghetti sauce commercial. Apparently, the big brass at Wendy's only wanted her to go trolling for beef between their buns. Sadly, Clara died a few years later at 85.
Miss Peller is a shining example of an outstanding third act. As my voice continues to grow deeper and more gravelly there is hope that one day I too could be discovered. Who am I kidding? Maybe I should just wait for James Brolin and Prince Charles to duke it out.
-Julie Kemp Pick
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Great choice. Fun post. :)ReplyDelete
I'd love to be able to belt 'em out like Babs.ReplyDelete
The Camilla photo made me laugh.
I love your choice! I didn't realize she was fired for finding the beef in Prego. That's too bad, she was so much fun in the Wendy's commercials.ReplyDelete
What a fun post, and a great choice! The Camilla photo totally cracked me up LOL. I didn't know about Clara being fired because of a Prego ad, what a shame. The "Where's the beef?" ads were just classic.ReplyDelete
Interesting post. Really enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
Hi Julie .. good selection of choices and I love your last one .. what a great idea - must have made her last days happy at least .. Clara Peller - must have made some stir!ReplyDelete
Amazing photos! Cheers Hilary
Where's the beef indeed! What a fantastic post - great choice. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for taking part. I'm having loads of fun seeing who everyone has chosen!
I loved watching the commercials when she demanded beef. Too cool!ReplyDelete
Loved Clara and Camilla always comes across as a woman of great good humor. And Barbra? Well hello, I got kicked out of band and choir, so it's just sour grapes. (Nah ... loved all her movies too.) Nice Post.ReplyDelete
Oh to be able to belt out a song like the Fab Babs! Yes that would be wonderful.ReplyDelete
I never saw those commercials, but knew of them. Funny post.ReplyDelete
That's so funny even though I've never seen that advert. I did once have a curly perm like Barbara Streisand though!ReplyDelete
I love where you took this one. If I make it to my 80s I'd like to do TV commercials. Actually I could use the money now. Anyone need a spokesman?ReplyDelete
Tossing It Out
@Shirley - Thanks for following me and I will check in on you!ReplyDelete
@LR - I still try in the shower and I make sure that I'm never photographed next to a horse!
@Susan - Welcome and I look forward to following you! I just recently read about the Prego incident during my hunt for Clara.
@Julie - I agree the "Where's The Beef" ads were classic! Thanks Julie!
@Gina - So glad to have met another addition from Talli's book launch! I will be over to return the favor shortly! Julie
@Hilary - Her ads really were something special! Thanks Hilary!ReplyDelete
@Talli - Not only has this been fun, but I'm thrilled to have gained some new followers! Thanks Talli for hosting and I can't wait to read Watching Willow Watts!
@Alleged Author - She certainly had a unique style! Thank you!
@Gene - What a great name! Thanks for stopping by! I still wouldn't want to get on any of their bad sides!
@Ann - That would be incredible! Thanks for following me and I'll be dropping in soon!
@JL - I appreciate your visit and I will do the same!
@Rosalind - I would love to see a picture with your Barbra perm!
@Lee - You would be a great spokesman Lee! If you need a reference...
Looking forward to your picks for the blogfest on Monday!ReplyDelete
This is great, Julie. I loved Clara and didn't know about the Prego commercial. I also love Babs. You have more beauty and class than Camilla. Perhaps some day you'll match her fame and wealth.ReplyDelete
Yes, I always thought Camilla reminded me of someone, now I know who :)ReplyDelete
As for Clara, come on Julie, we are not that old yet :)
@Alex - If only I could remember the Worst Movies Ever! Oh well, I'll give it my best shot!ReplyDelete
@Robyn - Thanks for the kind words, but Camilla is a force to be reckoned with!
@Rhonda - I could always count on you to cheer me up! Clara is someone who gives me hope for the future! Julie
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