There has been much blog talk over the past year (thanks to Mrs. G) about secret boyfriends. You can see my list of not-so-secret celebrity boyfriends here.

But reader, what about girlfriends? In real life, I have some fine girlfriends. They keep in touch, they take care of me when I need it, they support me, they drink with me when I need it. I don't really need any new girlfriends, but if I were to have my pick of peeps, this is the short list:

I know, we all want to be her friend. She's the super-poplular new kid at school. I dig her style. I dig her taste in names for her children. I dig her husband. I get the feeling that if we hung out, we'd just click. Shortly afterward, I'd be all like, "Michelle says this" and "Michelle says that" around the house. We'd call each other before big events to make sure we weren't wearing the same outfit. We'd swap handbags.

Her eloquent words are tender and soothing. I find her prose warm and comforting. She is wise. I could phone this girlfriend for advice at the drop of a hat, but she might be on the phone to Oprah. I'd get over it.

She brought Atticus Finch to life. She would tell me stories about Truman Capote and the books she didn't write. We would discuss the significance of ham costmes and rabid dogs.

One woman. One world. I am not a "can't miss" fan but I admire her greatly. How can you not? We'd get together for lunch every time I went to Chicago.

Patience is a virtue. Some women are just super classy, no matter the circumstances. With this girlfriend I would discuss teenaged daughters and how to deal.

Others inspire in ways too numerous to mention. The Fan was of this generation. We all benefit. This is the girlfriend I would most want to spend time with Loopy around.

Grace, elegance and poise. Too bad this girlfriend isn't with us anymore, there's so much I would like to know.

Vision, tenacity, grit, determination, creativity and guile. Good guile. And puffed pastry, natch.

Born into one world, she ruled another. An example of generosity, grace and tolerance.

Scholarship + public service = brilliant.

A deep commitment to her faith, her origins and her crown. She was unwavering in her beliefs. The original suffering wife.

So young, so misunderstood. Ill-advised. She did not dignify her critics with an answer, to her own downfall. Incredibly private, she did nothing to deter rumor and innuendo, to her own detriment. I would have a hard time not being a Bossy Bosserson with this girlfriend... so much to tell her.

Courage. Diginity. Motherhood. Fierce protection of her children and her privacy. The style! The books. She would be my ultimate famous girlfriend choice.

Reader, who is your celebrity girlfriend choice?
Spill it. You can never have too many good girlfriends.

Michelle Obama
Maya Angelou, poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
Oprah Winfrey
Laura Bush
Gloria Steinem (Feminist icon, social activist)
Princess Grace of Monaco
Martha Stewart
Queen Noor of Jordan (Born Lisa Halaby of the US)
Madeline Albright (Former Secretary of State)
Katherine of Aragon (first wife of Henry VIII)
Marie Antoinette (the Last Queen of France)
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy


Michaele said...

Excellent list! I would add Princess Diana, *not* because of the fashion, *not* because of the drama, and *not* because of the tabloid tizzy. The first time I ever saw her photographed greeting a young child, she didn't remain towering over them, and she didn't bend over at the waist to greet them. She kneeled down, face to face, at their level, looked them in the eye, and really listened to them.

I've told my Elementary Ed. practicum students and student teachers that they should all learn the move and use it constantly with younger, smaller children. It might be the only reason my thighs and calves are still semi-intact after three kids, and every child I've met or taught has responded beautifully to it.

Silly, huh?

Rebekah said...

I think Jocelyn Elders, the Surgeon General US Pres. Clinton fired for talking about masturbation. She went on to continue her work in inner city healthcare. She's amazing.

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh! Oh! Grace Kelly and Jackie for sure... Jane Austen (she could teach me all about writing), Reese Witherspoon (for being such a classy lady), Isla Fisher (her b/f could make us laugh).... anndd... Stacy London. Could you imagine raiding her closet??

PatQ said...

Jackie would for sure be on my list. But one that you missed is Ellen DeGeneres. She would be so fun to hang around with. You would never be in need of a good giggle.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You'd be on my list. You inspire, and have great advice.

MJ said...

I've been stuck reading research papers so I can't help being analytical. I find your list intriguing (and probably not too dissimilar from my own if I were to do it). Have you noticed that your list is dominated by American women and that there are few contemporary non-Americans on it? Is that a reflection of our culture & influence of American media, or perhaps our small population?

Incidentally, I just bought Greer's "The Change" for $1 at the library. I'd also put her on the list of notable women.

Saucy said...

MJ, you make an excellent point. There I go again, being all American-centric. Hmmmmm I wonder though, I suppose Laura Secord could be on my list. Not because of the chocolates, either.

I don't enjoy the writing of Margaret Atwood... Joni Mitchell could certainly be on the list, why we went to the same high school! Kim Campbell? No thanks. Shoot me some others.

Kristi said...

Great list!

Oh how I love Laura Bush...she is a graceful, elegant, patient woman for sure.

Queen Noor of Jordan...I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at my college graduation ceremony. She is truly a brilliant, elegant and tolerant woman, indeed!

And lastly, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy...oh, how I love thee! I did my first-ever research paper on her (in middle school) and had the pleasure of seeing her magnificent clothing in person at the MET in NYC in 2001. Her clothing is absolutely breath-taking!

What a unique it!

Hope you are having a great week!

:) Kristi

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Whew! What a list! I'd pick Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Louise Penny, Jane Austin, and Drew Barrymore because I'm all about the laughs.

Starshine said...

I'd have to say Carol Burnett. I'd love for her to be my acting/comedy mentor. Talk about a genius!

Niki said...

I would love to hang out with Miss Piggy and discuss how to raise well turned-out tadpoles while keeping your silk gloves clean.
Queen Elizabeth I was powerful when women weren't supposed to be powerful, Queen Victoria was powerful despite her personal pain and QEII just seems so dang mysterious to me - i'd like to have tea with them all.
On a more practical, day to day level, I think Paula Deen would be a fun girlfriend though i'd have to go to the gym more often.

MizSmoochieLips said...

Love love love this post! Great choice in girlfriends!

Fete et Fleur said...

What an A List to choose from. Love all these women!


Yummers! said...

I would love to have had Agatha Christie for a girlfriend. Also, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Diane Keaton, Beatrix Potter, Chanel, and Ali Edwards. That is quite a mix and would make a very interesting girl's night out!


Meredith said...

Yes, Diana would have been a great girlfriend. And my newest, best girlfriend is this one And you too.

K :) Family Historian said...

Noticed the previous post mentioned you would be in Chicago! I am off to meet my beloved sister there this weekend. Can't wait. Hope you and Loopy have a fabu time, as well.

Laura said...

Good choices - I'd have to add Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas - mainly because of the characters they portrayed on their TV shows. Juliette Low was the "Martha Stewart" of her day, so I'd add her to the list too!

Mrs. G. said...

There are so many:

Meryl Streep
Hugh Jackman (oh wait, wrong list)
Haven Kimmel
Helen Mirren
Hilary Clinton
Susan Sarandon
Jane Goodall

Lisa Milton said...

You've got a great list brewing. Why mess with perfection. Thanks for the tribute.

Who couldn't use the inspiration...

Katie said...

Collen Dewhurst, Laura Ingalls, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Jane Austen, to name a few.

Is it creepy that all of them are dead??

Linda Crispell said...

I aim very low, Madonna and Kathy Griffin.

toadman said...

Martha? Really? Hmmm... not sure about that one.

My only girlfriend is my wife. But Angelina Jolie (especially when she's wielding powerful weapons, of course) is currently running a close second place race.


Janeen said...


Jane Austen

Audrey Hepburn

Beth Moore

I could go on and on but these for sure!

Christine said...

Hmmm...Laura Bush, June Cash and Ruth Graham.

Natalie said...

Love this post. It really got me thinking about who would be my "girlfriends."

As far as the job possibilities ... I am probably going to go back to event and meeting planning. Sounds great, but the hours are not so great when you have little ones!

3continentfamily said...

Ingrid Bergman, Betty Davis and Billie Holiday :)

Yin said...

Excellent list! I just simply love Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy... I just read her book One Special Summer and it's just too darling!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Only one name popped up (meno-pause in time) with addition to your list. Irma Bombeck. I lurrved her whole attitude of life. The letter she wrote after her cancer prognoses spoke volumes to me. Her humor helped so many young mothers cope through the days of safety pined cloth *filled* diapers, sterilized glass bottles, beltless seats at 50 mph,era and beyond. Her (best selling) books are classics and remain applicable for all generations.

Sweet Wishes,

Angela said...

I wish I had a girlfriend...
The only good one that I have lives 3K miles away!

My Mother always said as you get older, true and dear friends are fewer and far between. I never knew how right she was.


Mrs. Staggs said...

This is such a fun idea for a post, and I admire many of the women on your list. Maya Angelou is always near the top of my lists of people I admire. Hmmm, Audrey Hepburn, Mother Theresa, Jane Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Katherine Hepburn, and Joanne Woodward are a few others. It's sad to think that most of them are gone now. I'll have to think of others. I always have admired the grace and intelligence of Jacqueline Kennedy too. There was so much symbolism in much that she did, and she knew that history matters, greatly.

michelleb. said...

Okay, I would add these fun blogging ladies:
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
Anna Maria Horner
Catherine of Red Shoes
And Saucy, I'd have to add you (this is not a kiss-up). All the ladies listed are creative, generous, funny and I'm sure all color outside the lines! Something I've only learned to do over the last 10-15 years.

Anonymous said...

How about one more girlfriend?

Christine said...

Ooooo. Another list of fantastic girlfriends.

Jane Goodall - She will always be on my list
Giada DeLaurentis - I love her show and I love her food <3
Kate Winslet - I adore her plain and simple

Christine Bruce