The Eye of the Beholder

We’re discussing celebrity look-alikes today and since I am in the throes of a respiratory flu, I deiced that if I couldn’t write a great deal, I’d give you some pictures to look at.
I have known a few people who truly were celebrity look-alikes, but I have also known a few with just a bit of resemblance. My mother:[circa 1944]

Tonette's Mother c. 1944
was more than pleased to be told often that she reminded people of Rita Hayworth:

Rita Hayworth
but when her best friend’s husband told her about 10 years later that she reminded him of Gina Lollobrigida:Gina Lollobrigida

she was offended![My mother was vain.]

I’m not saying that I personally think she looked like either one, but when she was little they said she looked like the silent film star, Renee Adoree:Renee Adoree.I think some of her pictures do.

My mother used to insist that that when my father’s youngest sister was young she looked like Susan Hayward:Susan Hayward

With all this in mind, I really should have been better looking.

More than twenty years ago, a friend called me because her young children insisted that “Aunt Tonette” was on TV. It was Teri Garr:teri-garr-10
I wish! But they were not the only ones to mention it around the same time.I know it’s hard to believe. I know, I know; I’ve changed a LOT.

When my nieces were young they thought Dean Martin was at our door:

Dean Martin
Add about 40 pounds to this picture and this could have been the man at the door, but it was our Belgian priest.

One of my sister’s friend’s fathers looked just like this picture of Dale Robertson:

Dale Robertson

Seriously; this could be Mr.Eislie.

And one of my cousins was married to a man who was a dead-ringer for Rod Taylor:

Rod Taylor

My brother had a good friend who would wear a cowboy hat to unnecessarily accentuate his resemblance to singer/songwriter Ed Bruce at the top of his popularity:ed bruce

When my sister was a teen people sometimes commented that she looked like a young Ann-Margaret:Ann-Margret
Well, maybe her hair, but really, one of her daughters actually did when she was about 20.
And when she was older, she stopped people in their tracks when Wynonna Judd was in town, when Wynonna was at the height of her attractiveness:Wynonna Judd

I don’t really have an ending, so I’ll add that two people told me many moons ago that I resembled Pia Zadora:pia
No, wait!:pia-zadora

But I think it was just the cheekbones…I’d never have been hired to impersonate her, no matter how much I have changed!

Any thoughts? Anyone have anyone else in mind?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to The Eye of the Beholder

  1. jeff7salter says:

    your mom was CUTE!
    Loved Ann-Margaret and have liked Teri Garr in several roles.
    Dale Robertson was a childhood hero, and I’ve enjoyed Rod Taylor in many roles.
    Gina Lolo was HOT.
    Susan Hayward and Rita Hayworth were lovely.


    • Glad to send you some eye-candy,Jeff.What I failed to mention was that since Renee Adoree was a SILENT film star, the people around my mother never heard her name pronounced, so they called her “Renny Adory”. My mother didn’t learn the difference or tell me the story until I was a teenager and took an interest in old movies…some of Renee’s showed up.(I’ll have to look her up and find out what her REAL name was!)


  2. I can’t really say I’ve known any celebrity look-alikes, although people used to call my brother Don Ho. Jeff’s right, your mom was gorgeous.


  3. Iris B says:

    Oh wow, no wonder you chose the topic …. Your mum did resemble Rita Hayworth, didn’t she 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better, Tonette!


    • Thanks,Iris,I am coming along.It just doesn’t want to leave quickly. Oh, do you really think Mom looked like Rita? She will be so pleased.I wish I had photos of the others, but, truly, some of them could easily have used the celeb’s faces on their ID’s!


  4. pjharjo says:

    Loved your pictures and comments on them, Tonette! Sorry I’m so late with this. Hope you’re better now!


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