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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: Anne of Green Gables

Feisty Female: Plain, old, unromantic Anne — with an e– Shirley. (But couldn’t you just call her Cordelia?)

Year we got to know her:  1986 (1985 if you’re Canadian)

Best known for: Her quick temper, red hair, dramatic elocution, fierce intelligence, and loyalty to her friends and family

Why she deserves a second look:
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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: Ocean Girl

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Feisty Female: Neri aka Ocean Girl

Year We Got to Know Her: 1994

Best Known For: Super strength, telepathic connection to humpback whales, superhuman lung capacity mistaken for underwater breathing capabilities, and **spoiler** being an alien charged with saving Earth’s oceans (shades of Star Trek IV…)

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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: A League of Their Own

Feisty Females: sisters Kit Keller and Dottie Hinson

Year we got to know them: 1992

Best known for: killer side-splits catcher skills, “I like the high ones,” and knockin’ the ball out of the park as part of the Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own, based on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which ran from 1943 to 1954.

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Flashforward to Feisty Females in Film: Whip It

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Feisty Female: Bliss Cavendar

Year We Get to Know Her: 2009

She’s Hyped For: Becoming empowered through roller derby

Why She Deserves to be Fandango-ed:
Maybe I’ve got roller derby on the brain– I’m headed to the DC Rollergirls season opener in a few short hours– but I’m completely psyched for the new movie Whip It that’s coming out Friday. I have recently joined the Team Barrymore camp, I don’t know why, but I just didn’t like her for the longest time. She’s since wholeheartedly won me over, even if she is dating my future husband Justin Long on and off, and I’m excited to see what she’s capable of doing behind the scenes.

The blogosphere has been thrumming with excitement and anticipation for this movie (especially from the ladies at BUST). So I’ll throw in my 2 cents and say: Agreed: this movie looks marvelous!

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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan

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Feisty Female: Cathy Palmer aka Rebecca Ryan, flawlessly portrayed by JoBeth Williams

Year we got to know her:  1984

Best known for: Always catching her man, even when he’s a woman.

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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: Idgie, Ruth, Evelyn and Ninny


Feisty Female(s): Ruth Jamison, Idgie Threadgoode, Evelyn Couch and Ninny Threadgoode

Year we got to know them: 1991

Best known for: Giving us the feminist rally-cry “Towanda!!” encouraging women to take control of their lives, showing an (albeit slightly veiled) story of women in love, and giving women a little bit of hope and friendship in the truly stellar Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Flashback to Feisty Females in Film: Millie Dillmount

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Feisty Female: Millie Dillmount

Year we got to know her: 1967

Best known for:
Why, she’s a Modern!  Terrif!

Millie put herself through Belle Weatherall’s Girl’s School for Business to become a Stenog.  She made herself over from small-town-nobody to thoroughly-modern-flapper: bob, beads, and bust-reducing brassiere (4:01).  She fell in love, saved her best friend’s life, and learned to drive a car!
She sings! She dances! She’s fresh as paint–no raspberries!

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