Olive Oyl.

Of all the Disney princesses, I most identified with Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  She was a bookworm who had brunette hair.  I would have preferred to identify with Ariel, of The Little Mermaid, with my very own fin, red hair and purple shell bra.  Well, I’ve got one out of the three these days.  (The hair, not the bra.)

Oh, then there was Jasmine.  And she’s just exotic.  I wanna be exotic…

Has anyone ever begun a conversation with you using the words, “You remind me of someone…” or “You look just like…”?  Some people just have famous faces.  I’ve got a client who reminds me of Jennifer Aniston and one who reminds me of Claire Danes.  In high school I was likened to Natalie Imbruglia a couple times.  But lately I guess I just look like Suzanna Spears (that’s me, not the other Susana).

There was one exception a few years back.  You see, I had donated my hair to Locks of Love and was going through the awkward process of growing it back out again.  One way that I managed this for a while was opting for a teeny, tiny ponytail in the back.  I’m talking teeeeeeeny, tiny.  Those were the days that I was also dying it slightly darker brown than my original brown.  Apparently at that moment in time my appearance jolted somebody’s memory.

My boss, “Hey, Suzanna, So-N-So told me that he thought you looked like Olive Oyl.”

Me, “Olive?… Oyl?  The cartoon?”

My boss, “Yeah, because of your little ponytail… and because you’re tall and thin.”

Me, “Olive?… Oyl?  The ugliest-female-cartoon-character-there-ever-was, Olive Oyl?”

Great.  No Disney princess here.  Just your average Olive Oyl.  Here is a list of a few people of whom you might be reminded, but ought to never mention to anyone:

  1. Charlize Theron in the movie “Monster”
  2.  Willow Ufgood of “Willow”
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Miracle Max and his wife in “Princess Bride”
  5. Olive Oyl

It might be a good idea to tuck this list into your purse or wallet and refer to it every now and then in the event that this situation arises and you become excited and confused as to what’s appropriate.

Do you remind people of anyone famous?



  1. August 4, 2011
    Kristen Perkey

    I don’t see Olive Oyl at all! 🙂

    Also, I have no famous doppelganger. Never heard “you remind me of…”

  2. August 4, 2011
    Mary Kaye

    I remember those days with the tiny ponytail, but when we first met, your hair was very blonde, then came the very dark and then, the wee tiny ponytail. You didn’t remind me of Olive Oyl at all in looks.. that is, except for the pony tail,( I see that now thinking back) but like you, she was a master at everything she did. Coming from us folks in the O.O. era,
    you can take that as a compliment.

    Tall, thin, strong willed, not afraid of anything, could do everything, won her prince charming, and last but not least, had a wee, tiny ponytail.

  3. August 6, 2011

    I also heard Natalie Imbruglia back in the day. Especially since I worked at the Wall music store at the time and a customer would bring the cd up to me to check out and then look at the cover of the cd, then back at me, then back at the cover and then back at me. I would just nod my head and say “I know”. LOL!

  4. August 8, 2011

    Can’t believe this dude! Shame on him! So, you made me think of the time that Chris said my baby picture from the hospital looks like the guy from The Goonies! Sloth! *Yep* I actually agree with him though. It’s the ugliest baby picture I’ve ever seen. So, you should probably add Sloth to your list. No one wants to be compared to him!

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