I was reading Patti Lupone's memoir today, and for those who don't know who she is -she's a broadway star whose became very famous for playing Eva peron on Broadway as Broadway's first "Evita." She has a great voice. She was talking about the Eva understudies (no names) and claimed one's boyfreind did a "Tonya Harding" or a rival for the role and went to jail. And she never made it after that. No comeback. It is a very good memoir and I thought how famous Tonya is that it is used like a verb ie. person x "pulled a Tonya Harding." She is American and who does not know Tonya if you were alive and watching TV in the early 90's. It made me wonder if she will earn a spot in the dictionary or some official idiom. I also wondered how famous she is around the world? The Olympics being the biggest stage of sport.
I felt bad, as she wanted to be famous, but she got infamy for all the wrong reasons. It seems Bobek was given a second chance depite the illegality and danger she posed. I think her celebrity status helped her stay out of prison in the meth ring charges. I wonder if Tonya will get to skate when she's 60 in some show. Not likely. I was reminded out of the blue of that whole saga and how people even got sick of Nancy who was the victim, though she has done very well for herself in the years after. She was lucky-1 inch made all the difference. I wonder if Tonya is famous in Asia as the Asian fans seem to learn everything about a sport they seem to love and follow fervently?