|Does Ftatateeta own a hairbrush?|
- Ftatateeta from Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). Can't figure out how to pronounce this one? Neither can Claude Raines' Julius Caesar. He keeps stumbling over the nonsensical name of Cleopatra's trusted Nubian servant. Also, someone should have told the casting director that Nubians are black.
- Nellifer from Land of the Pharaohs (1955). It's like the writers got together one day, smoked something funny, and tried to decide what to call the movie's treacherous femme fatale. Nefer is the ancient Egyptian word for beauty. I can hear the conversation now: "What about Nellie?" "Nah, not Egyptian enough. How about Nefer?" "No, I've got it...Nellifer!" "Brilliant!"
- Shila from Cleopatra's Daughter (1960). Contrary to what you'd expect from the title, this film is not about Cleopatra's daughter Selene. No, it's about a fictional daughter named Shila. I mean...Shila, really? Come on, at least try to make it sound Egyptian.
- Anck-su-namun from The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). Not only does she have a faux-Egyptian name, pharaoh's mistress walks around in nothing but gold body paint and has an affair with the high priest Imhotep (which is a real Egyptian name). To make things even odder, none of the characters pronounce her name in exactly the same way. I think her name may actually be based on that of Ankhesenamun, King Tut's wife.
- Nefer from The Egyptian (1954). Nefer's is the most harmless name on this list. It's an actual Egyptian name. A male one. Since Nefer is a woman, her name should be Nefret. The real reason I put her on this list is because in the novel the movie's based on, her name is Nefer-nefer-nefer. That, and she wears an increasingly bizarre series of wigs.
|"Darling, you must give me the number of your wigmaker!"|