Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fascinating Doppelgänger Discoveries

Do you think everyone has a look alike out there? Have you met yours or seen a ghostly image of yourself in the mirror?




Every once in a while I'll hear the comment "hey, you look just like someone I know." 

Or, someone might be more specific and say I look just like their aunt Beverly.

It would make me wonder what Beverly looks like. Does Bev have uneven eyebrows, a few chin hairs and a crooked smile? Then possibly Bev could be my sister from another mister. 

Have you been compared to a famous celebrity? This one throws me off guard, because I’ve seen myself at my worst and there's nothing Hollywood about that look. I'm just a middle aged mom working 8 to 5 with about a thimble size amount of celebrity style.

It's quite clear I've never been mistaken for Cindy Crawford or Heidi Klum, but I'm surprised at who people will compare me to. 

Back when I was more of a blonde, I’d been told a couple times that I looked like Trisha Yearwood. This was a surprise to me! Although, it might be worth trying to rub shoulders with Garth Brooks and see if he'd catch on.  Unfortunately, I don't have that southern sizzle or the singing talent of Trisha, so I think my doppelgänger deception would be cut short. 

There's maybe a slight resemblance, but not enough to get stopped on the street for an autograph.  

Not to mention, the only country cowboys in my entourage are the country music CD's stacked next to my stereo.  But, hey, a girl can dream!





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Back in my really, really younger days in the 80's, my hair was compared to Tina Turner. Believe it or not that was the look then and it was purposely poofed and sprayed to look that way. Go ahead insert your *snickering* here.

My dad will never let me forget my ‘Tina Turner’ hair.  However, I have to say I never sported the Dorothy Hamill cut. If you were a young girl of the late 70's you know exactly what I'm talking about. Did you have the Dorothy Hamill look?

Just recently, I was told I looked like the actress Nina Vardalos from the My Big Fat Greek Wedding movies.

This was a first and it's funny to me because, I'm very Scandinavian, so the only thing Greek I can relate to is eating an overstuffed Gyro and Greek yogurt with my raspberries.  

I've never been to a Greek wedding either. But, never say never I could get my chance to break plates one day.

Personally, I didn't see the likeness. I think my hair was curlier that night and the gal that told me this must have caught me at just the right angle. Some people may see features that others don't.





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Don't get me wrong I was flattered, but this just isn't the usual and I'm sure if this gal had seen me the next morning in the light of day after crawling out of bed with my hair pulled up, she may have seen a stronger comparison to Samurai Futaba (John Belushi)






There are even celebrities that look like other celebrities. Some may surprise you and some you may have already discovered.  Who looks like Will Ferrell, Stephen Colbert and Brad Pitt? Check out these 21 Celebrity Doppelgangers.

I once thought I saw a Donny Osmond look alike at an outlet mall using a pay phone. Remember those? Yes, it was that long ago! 

It turned out it really was Donny Osmond at the outlet mall using the pay phone. It was hard to believe, but I found out he was in town performing in the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and he was shopping for some special socks at the sock store. Not kidding! 

It could happen. In this case, I was fooled by the real deal and not a doppelgänger. It's not everyday you see Donny Osmond using a pay phone, much less shopping for socks at an outlet mall.

How about when you see a face that looks very much like a friend or a relative? Haven't we all walked up to someone thinking it looked like a familiar face only to discover that it wasn't. "Oh, oops, terribly sorry I thought you were someone else."  

It can feel a little awkward and eerie. 

Identical twins can have fun with this and will pull the old switcharoo to fool unsuspecting people. I'm sure you've heard of some great twin stories of one standing in for the other. Looking alike could have some twisted advantages. 




Even the word 'Doppelgänger' is an unusual word. It has a German origin with doppel meaning 'double' + ganger meaning 'goer.’ Also described as double-walker, ghostly double or a counterpart of a living person. 

The mythology of spirit doubles can be traced back thousands of years. In this article from Ancient Origins it is said that doppelgangers were generally considered an omen of bad luck or a sign of impending death.  Sometimes called the 'evil twin.' Also mentioned, is an experience where Abraham Lincoln sees his ghostly likeness appear in the mirror.   Read it here.  This is interesting, but creepy. 

I remember when I was a kid, my great grandma had a newspaper clipping hanging on her wall of a little girl in a classroom sitting at a school desk. She had clipped it out, because the little girl looked just like me. 

But, it wasn't! 

I'm certainly not a believer that it's a bad omen or an evil twin, but I'll go with the idea that maybe it was a young Trisha Yearwood!  It'll forever be a mystery. 

How about you, who is your doppelganger?

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Laurie O


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17 comments:

  1. Once upon a long time ago I kept getting told my doppelgänger was Valorie Burtonelli (ahhhh sp??). I loved that :-)

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    1. Nice Carla! Not a bad comparison and I could see that.

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  2. I'm told I look a lot like my best friend, which is rather lovely.

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    1. Very lovely! You are BFF sisters. I hope it's not double trouble when you're together, though. Lol

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  3. I met a woman as we were both walking out of a hotel we were both staying at in NYC. Since then, we've become great friends! I even came back to NYC to care for her during her facelift a year later. We text one another all the time. We have so many similarities that she calls herself my doppelgänger and frequently signs her texts, xoxox, Dop. That's an example of an emotional and shared interests doppelgänger.

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    1. What a cool story and fantastic that you've become "Dop" friends. Love it and thanks for sharing.

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  4. I don't know about having a doppelgänger myself, but the other day I saw my brother-in-law in the shops. I watched him for so long he probably thought of calling the cops. You see, the problem is, my BIL died three years ago.

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  5. Oh my goodness, Shirley, I gasped a little after reading this. I can see why you kept staring - that's a little eerie. Thanks for stopping by Shirley!

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  6. I can see the Trisha Yearwood. I was told a few times that I resemble Mary Chapin Carpenter, it was a compliment. I wonder how many times real celebrities pretend they are just look alikes?

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  7. Hi Michele and thank you. Good question, I believe celebrities would do that. Many wear disguises to go unnoticed. Glad you stopped by and commented.

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  8. In Tasmania recently I got very drunk and people kept coming over asking me if I was the Greens Senator (name???too drunk to remember) & even got photos taken with me when I said No i wasn't. A couple of days later I was telling my friends how hilarious it was and one of them Googled Tasmanian Greens Senator to find a picture of a transgender woman who looked slightly like with same-ish glasses and hair me with a very masculine jawline and it was so funny we all were rolling around on the floor laughing!

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    1. Wow, now that's quite the fascinating interlude...pictures and all! Good that you found the humor in it. Google is great for instant answers! Haha :)

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  9. I can completely see your Tricia Yearwood resemblance!
    I don't recall ever being compared to a celebrity - outside of a 'friend' in high school comparing my voice to Georgette on the old Mary Tyler Moore show. I am hoping my voice has gained a more 'sultry' quality...
    That being said, my sister and my husband have both - on separate occasions, seen my 80 year old doppleganger on the campus of the medical center where I work! It seems we look so much alike that they both almost called to her - until they realized her hair was so much grayer than mine!!

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    1. Hey thanks Laura! I remember Georgette! Love this comparison and I'm sure you DO have a sultry quality to your voice. And, discovering your 80 year old look alike...that'd be quite amusing to see your aged and future self. Yikes!

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  10. I actually can see the resemblance to Nina! People tell me I look like someone all the time. I was most commonly told I looked like Marie Osmond or Linda Ronstadt. My daughter thinks I look like Lana Parrilla from Once Upon a Time t.v. show. I don't see any resemblance other than that were all pretty brunettes! LOL!

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    1. It's kind of fun when people say you look like a celebrity. I can see your look alike being Linda Ronstadt. And, yes all you ladies are pretty brunettes. :)

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