Famous worldwide as Coco Chanel, the woman who is said by many to have revolutionized women’s fashion, freeing them from restrictive corsets, had a lot to say about fashion, the relationships between men and women, and the world in general.
Claudette Colbert was an actress of the stage, film, and television noted for her professionalism, humor, and keen eye for detail. At one point, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. When asked the key to her ageless beauty, she replied: “Laughter – it’s the key to everything. To a day of gloom or despair, to happy work, to life.”
Chelsea Handler is a comedian, television host, producer, writer and actor listed by Time magazine in 2012 as one of its 100 Most Influential People. She’s brash, funny, abrasive, blunt, candid, sometimes vulgar and very successful. She’s what I call “one great broad.”
Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a worldwide phenomenon due to her amazing voice and the promotional savvy of her late husband, Rene Angelil. Her story however is not that of a woman made great by a man, but rather of a woman who stood in partnership with her husband to establish her position and her brand in the entertainment industry.
Misty Copeland is an American ballet dancer and the first African-American woman to be appointed as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She was also a member of President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and is an award-winning author.
Elizabeth Taylor was “one great Dame.” The British government saw fit to bestow upon her the title Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In all respects, though, she fit the (perhaps politically incorrect but no less appropriate) bill of a great dame, a woman who knew herself completely and made no apologies for being herself.