10 Pop Culture References to Amelia Earhart

Today’s Google Doodle tells us that Amelia Earhart’s zombie corpse turns 115 today.

In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean. Five years later she disappeared over the Pacific, a mystery that has etched itself in popular culture.

So to celebrate the birthday of an inspiration to women around the globe, here’s the best of Amelia Earhart in movies, music, television and books.

The list:

1. The one that started it all: “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight” was a song by Red River Dave McEnery (“The Yodelling Cowboy”), who first performed it on a live TV broadcast from the 1939 World’s Fair.

2. Singer Joni Mitchell performed her song “Amelia” for her 1980 live album Shadows and Light and included video footage of Earhart.

3. Fans of PBS’s American Experience know that The Price of Courage was the title of the 1993 documentary of Amelia.

Star Trek Voyager episode “The 37s”

4. According to the Star Trek universe, Earhart was abducted by aliens in 1937 and taken to their home planet where she was put into cryo-stasis before being discovered by fellow female aviator, Captain Janeway, and her crew in the year 2374.

5. I Was Amelia Earhart (1996) by Jane Mendelsohn takes the Earhart story and pumps up the love juices.

6. Oscar winner Hilary Swank slipped under my radar back in 2009 and made Amelia. That’s probably because it was the same year the lovely (7) Amy Adams portrayed Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

You go girls.

8. Pam Munoz Ryan wrote a children’s picture book called Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride (1999), where Amelia and, you guessed it, Eleanor Roosevelt ditch a White House dinner to go on a glorious adventure.

9. Someone on Yahoo! Answers thinks his neighbor is Amelia Earhart and she lives in upstate New York next to the Jell-O factory because she knew the guy who owned it.

10. The following exchange happened in the Friends episode “The One with the Lottery”:

Phoebe: You don’t wanna win the lottery?
Ross: (sarcastically) Uh…sure I do, and I also wanna be King of my own country and find out what happened to Amelia Earhart.
Chandler: Still on Amelia Earhart?
Ross: The woman just vanished!

11. And finally, I bet you didn’t know that Amelia’s flight instructor was the original Snookie.

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