Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

It was nice to get all those warm fuzzies, congratulating me for pulling myself out of my seller's slump. 

But then Mary Van Note came along and had the chutzpah to say, "You should have easy to find links to your shops, though.  I can't find them!"



Oh, Mary - must you be so contrary!  :-)

I thought Marys were always supposed to be sweet like...

...silent film star Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart."

And Marys have sweet little lambs for pets...


And they sing sweet, silly songs...


...like the early 1940's novelty hit, "Mairzy Doats."  Here it's sung by a very young, cute-as-a-button Janet Lennon, one of the Lennon Sisters of The Lawrence Welk Show

So sweet!  I always think of my own sweet sister, Mary, when I hear this song.

Mairzy Doats
I know a ditty nutty as a fruitcake
Goofy as a goon and silly as a loon
Some call it pretty,
others call it crazy
But they all sing this tune:

Mairzy doats and dozy doats
And liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?
Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats
and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

If the words sound queer
And funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey
Sing "Mares eat oats
And does eat oats
And little lambs eat ivy"

Oh! Mairzy doats and dozy doats
And liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

- composed by Milton Drake, 1943


But actually, now that I think of it - most of the Marys that I love best have a lot of spunk mixed in with their sweetness.
courtesy of The Wordslinger

One of my favorite films of all time, Frank Capra's 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life," also features one of my favorite fictional characters: Mary Hatch Bailey, played by the beautiful Donna Reed. 

courtesy of eeweems.com

Yes, Mary Bailey was as sweet and devoted a wife to George Bailey (James Stewart) as any woman could be, but it was her strength and spirit that made us all fall in love with her.

video courtesy of Sarbashrestha

This video features one of my favorite scenes and dialogues from the movie. 

George: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.
Mary: I'll take it. Then what?
George: Well, then you could swallow it, and it'd all dissolve, see? And the moonbeams'd shoot out of your fingers and your toes, and the ends of your hair... Am I talking too much?
Old Man: Yes! Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
George: How's that?
Old Man: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
George: Want me to kiss her, huh?
Old Man: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.

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Some other spunky Marys:

Actress Mary Martin...


...in the 1954 Broadway musical production of Peter Pan!  (Mary was such a convincing Peter Pan, I grew up thinking that she was a rather quirky looking boy.)



...and as Nellie Forbush in the wonderful 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific.  Ms. Martin won a Tony for both of these roles.

And let's not forget about this famous fictional Mary...
Mary Poppins!

Julie Andrews in the 1964 Disney film, Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is everyone's favorite nanny: mysterious, adventurous, no-nonsense - and she adds a "Spoonful of Sugar" to everything!

Also... how about the talented actress Mary Tyler Moore?

She helped define the modern American woman of the 1960's and 1970's through two of my favorite television characters Laura Petrie and Mary Richards.

          photo courtesy of Oh Rob! The Laurie Petrie Fanlisting

Mary Tyler Moore as "Laura Petrie" in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 - 1966)...


                           photo courtesy of The 5 Magazine
...and as "Mary Richards" in the Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 - 1977)


Switching gears a bit, lets move into the fashion world.

I'll bet most of you know this famous designing Mary...
...the fabulous Mary Quant.

     photo of Mary Quant by Swinging_Sixties

Often when people think of Mary Quant, the name Twiggy immediately comes mind.  Why?  Because Twiggy was the perfect model for Mary's famous 1960's inspiration - the Mini Skirt!

photo courtesy of Strawberry Lemonade blog.  (Take a peek - it's fabulous!)


And here's my favorite musical Mary from the 1960's...Mary Travers.
Miss Travers was the lovely female third of the popular American folk-singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.

        photo courtesy of Reverb
 Peter, Paul and Mary with Symphony Orchestra, “The Prague Sessions” (Rhino)

Sadly, Mary Travers passed away last fall, September 19, 2009 - but her wonderful music lives on...

video courtesy of Ppmcsk

This incredible video of Mary Travers singing "And When I Die" is from a 1969 Mama Cass television special.  That's Mama Cass (of The Mamas and the Papas) and folk singer Joni Mitchell sitting on pillows, 60's style - applauding Mary.  Isn't her mini dress fabulous!

Oh, that song was a little sad, wasn't it?

Back to Mary Van Note to cheer us up!

Mary Van Note having a Pajama Party in her 1930's/1940's silk pajamas and 1950's Daniel Green slippers.

Mary Van, it's clear you are in very good company...and I not only forgive you for your contrariness, but you also deserve a big thank you! 

After I read Mary's comment, I decided that I had better quickly list a few more items on Etsy so that my shop had a little more oomph to it.  And then, thanks to her strong suggestion, I decided to come out of hiding.  So there are now links in my blog's side column to both my Etsy shop "Sarsaparilla's Boudoir" and my "Sarsaparilla" eBay listings.

Once again, a blogging friend has come to the rescue!  What would I do without all of you?

Have a wonderful Sunday - and a fabulous Thanksgiving week...
"Sarsaparilla" Susan

12 comments:

  1. susan can you please please please tell me how to put those etsy and ebay links in the sidebar? For the life of me I can't work out how to do it...You put so much work into your blog posts BTW, its quite amazing!

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  2. Yay!!!! Glad to be of service!
    I loved the post ; )
    It's nice to meet some other Marys

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  3. Kitty - I'm happy to help you out...I will email you. Yes, I do put a lot of work into some of my posts - but as you might have noticed, I rarely post more than once or twice a week. Plus, blogging is pure heaven to me - it's my only real creative outlet!

    Miss Note - I'm so glad you approve. I was a little worried that I was too bold with scolding you for scolding me! I'm sort of a Sweet Mary type - and need a bit more of your chutzpah!

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  4. Wow - EPIC post, Miss S! That's pretty much all the Marys I could think of (and then some!) in the realm of entertainment!
    Well, being the Gingerologist that I am, the passage regarding "It's a Wonderful Life" with Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey prompted me to share the 'Ginger angle' of that role...mainly, Ginger turned down the role, believe it or not! She states in her bio: "Incidentally, I was invited to make another film many years later with Jimmy, called "It's a Wonderful Life". However, the woman's role was such a bland character. I sacrificed this kind of role for ones that would give an audience a change of pace. Real characters, that's what I was after. Anyway, I declined the offer. Foolish, you say?"
    ...Well, of course I would LOVE to see Ginger in that role, and it would have definitely been a cool 'feather in the cap' of her career; but, after Donna Reed played the role, it is most definitely hers, and I can't imagine anyone else doing it - she was awesome as Miss Hatch... I just thought it was kinda weird Ginger turned down another chance to be opposite Jimmy Stewart, since they were quite close.
    Oh well, anyway, that's my take... oh, P.S...Guess this may be weird or whatever, but... that picture of Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins is pretty 'hot' (I HATE using that word, but in this case, can't really think of any other way to put it... :-P ) let's just say I am somewhat taken by Miss Andrews as MP, more so than most dudes would EVER admit...
    OK - well, sorry to ramble here... but hope you are well, Susan! And you too, Mary!!!

    Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!

    VKMfanHuey
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  5. VKMfan - Thanks for stopping by - it's so good to get the male perspective here every so often. I can see why you think that Mary Poppins is hot - nothing to be ashamed of. :-)

    As much as I love Ginger, I'm glad that it turned out that Donna Reed got that role.

    Heading over to your wonderful Gingery blog right now to say Hi!

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  6. You put so much effort into your posts, you are an inspiration. There's more Mary's than I ever thought possible, I've been truly educated. xxx

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  7. Well,THAT is a marvellous Mary tribute!
    xxx

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  8. how funny...you are so funny.
    good luck with sales!! i am in a seller's slump too, but i'm way too busy to care. isn't that sad....haha
    good luck!!
    sue

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  9. Susan, you are so creative! I love how you take an idea and run with it! Your writing style definitely stands out from the pack. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  10. Yea for you! I love the "Mary" post. I don't think it's too early to watch "It's a Wonderful Life". Maybe after the big dinner on Thursday. And Mary Quant!!! I remember her from my high school days. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. Mary Tyler Moore was the best actress maybe ever although i am partial to megan follows as anne shirley. hmm... i think u are a kindred spirit

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