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Elliot, Mama Cass

(Ellen Naomi Cohen) singerBirthplace: BaltimoreBorn: 1941Died: 1974

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

Willie Mae Thornton toured the south as a blues singer in the 1940s, earning the nickname 'Big Mama' both for her powerful voice and her ample girth. She wrote and sang blues songs, played the harmoni…

Brewer's: Yacu-mama

[mother of waters]. A fabulous sea-snake, fifty paces long and twelve yards in girth, said to lurk in the lagunes of South America, and in the river Amazon. This monster draws into its mout…

Literary Allusions

Boswell: James Boswell (1740–95) is best known for his 1791 book The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., considered by many to be the greatest English-language biography ever written. His nam…

The Whole Nine Yards

Director:Jonathan LynnWriter:Mitchell KapnerWarner Bros.; R; 100 minutesRelease:2/00Cast:Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette It's a dog-eat-dog world in The Whole Nine Yards, a comed…