Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sophia Lopez – a character on the American TV show Nip/Tuck. Sophia was a transsexual who, in her male body, had fathered a child. Arriving on the show in an attempt to get reconstructive surgery to make her appearance more feminine, Sophia is a sympathetic character who brings out lead character Sean's compassion. Suffering a lot of problems associated with the transgender community, Sophia has a very brave demeanour. Sean's attempts to help her have the effect of transforming his largely conservative personality.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sophia of Hanover – the electress consort of Brunswick-Lüneburg from 1692 to 1698. This rather arcane title explains merely her position in nobility of the era, being the wife of one of the elector-princes of the Holy Roman Empire. A rather complex collection of German states, the Holy Roman Empire was overseen by an emperor who, while dynastic in succession in practice, was still legally subject to a group of princes who met to 'elect' the emperor. Thus the title. Sophia's significance is that during the reign of Queen Anne in Britain, it was left to parlaiments to determine her successor. The Act of Settlement 1701 declared Sophia to be the next in line to the crown of England. It was never determined who would succeed Anne in Scotland. Sophia never became Queen, having died a few weeks before her first cousin once removed, Anne. Instead, Sophia's son became George I of Great Britain, furthering the connections between English and German monarchy.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sophia McDougall – a contemporary British novelist. McDougall has written three novels in the genre of 'alternate history', imagining how the world would be if certain key events did not happen or happened differently. In her particular case, her novels are set in a world in which the Roman Empire did not perish but instead survived to the present. Her novels are published by Orion Books.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sophia Tolstaya – the wife of famed Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. 16 years younger than Tolstoy, Sophia was 18 when they were married. On the night before their marriage, Tolstoy presented his bride wit a series of memoirs detailing his past sexual exploits. During their long but difficult marriage, Tolstaya helped her husband with his career, acting as a copyist. She later took up photography and gained some renown as a photographer. In 1910 at age 81, Tolstoy decided to leave his wife, but died ten days later. As a widow, Sophia survived the Russian Revolution and died in 1919.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sophia Yan – a classical pianist from Queens, New York. Sophia was born in 1986 and has since won a wide array of awards for her piano-playing, including four first-prize wins of the Steinway Society Competition. Gaining fame as a teenager, she is seen as a bit of a prodigy.