Friday, May 4, 2012

Kid Eternity - Mademoiselle de Maupin

One of the reasons I liked the Kid Eternity comics were the characters he called up to aide him in his endeavors. I always thought that a Kid Eternity live-action TV series for kids would be really useful in teaching kids about the variety of historical characters out there in the world. This one is a case in point. Starting life as Julie d'Aubigny, who lived 1670-1707, this lady was a force to be reckoned with. Her father had her trained in dancing, literacy, drawing and - most uniquely - fencing, at which she became quite adept. In her teens she had an affair with a count who ended up marrying her off to Sieur de Maupin. When hubby was posted south she stayed in Paris, garnering a reputation as a wild woman who hit shopkeepers, fought duels with young aristocrats and became romantically involved with a number of lovers. She had relationships with males and females and in her spare time performed in the opera, where roles were written for her contralto voice and flamboyant personality. OK, maybe not the best choice for kid's TV, but I enjoyed looking her up. The figure is a Phoenix Follies metal figure generally painted to resemble the character in the comic. I wonder if Phoenix modeled her on Madmoiselle de Maupin. Inquiring minds want to know.

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