Thursday, November 19, 2009
Abigail Breslin - an American actress known for a precocious seriousness in the profession. Born in 1996, Abigail's first major role was in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, where she experienced the horrors of being Mel Gibson's on-screen daughter. By far her most acclaimed role was in the film Little Miss Sunshine, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (due to the fact that child actors are never seen as main actors for whatever reason). The recent announcement that she would play Helen Keller in a Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker caused some controversy in that a deaf or blind actress was not considered for the role.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa – by some definitions, the current claimant to the throne of Hawai'i. This is all very confusing. Of course, Hawai'i was once a monarchy, before its abundance of fruit made it necessary for the United States to colonise it. The last Queen of Hawai'i was Liliuokalani in 1893. She was deposed; however, she did have kids, which means her line carries on. The confusing part is that there was a split in the line later on, and now there are two claimants, both named Abigail as it turns out. I don't think either are technically claimants, as neither describes herself as 'Queen on Hawai'i', but the Abaigail in question has done a lot to restore the old Hawaiian palace and continues to be a bit of a figurehead for people who see Hawai'i as a place with a distinct heritage.