Laura Fairlie (The Woman in White) Laura Fairlie is the heroine of Wendell Wilkie’s early mystery novel, The Woman in White, published in book form in 1860. Laura, good Victorian daughter that she is, has promised her father on his deathbed that she will wed Lord Percival Glyde, even though she is in love with the impoverished artist, Walter Hartright. There is a mysterious woman in white who appears and warns against her upcoming marriage, but Laura is reluctant to go back on her word. Naturally, her husband is evil incarnate; naturally, there is danger and deceit enough to go around; naturally, there is a secret of birth at the center of all which will serve to release our heroine and set things right on the course to true love. In the meantime, however, we are tempted to exhort the lovely Laura to be more like her half-sister, Marian, who has the good sense to exclaim in exasperation: "No man under heaven deserves these sacrifices from us women." Ah well, perfection is not always attainable, especially for 19th century women – but she does have a great name, does our Laura.
Laura Hunt (Laura) Laura is the title character of Vera Caspary’s 1943 novel, Laura, which found its true fame and longevity through the 1944 Otto Preminger noir classic movie, starring the beauteous Gene Tierney in the title role. The movie begins with a police detective investigating the murder of the beautiful Laura, during the course of which he interviews her friends, family, household help and colleagues, and pieces together a picture of Laura and the story of her rise to success. He also happens to fall in love with her along the way – or the idea of her. Needless to say, there is a case of mistaken identity at the core of this murder mystery, and our intrepid detective solves it – thus clearing the way for him to truly love Laura in the flesh. And she is just a good and true and beautiful as everyone had said. The lilting air, “Laura”, haunts us throughout the movie, promising a vision of loveliness that does, in fact, come to pass. (The song became a popular standard, which has been performed by no fewer than four hundred recording artists.)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) Laura Ingalls Wilder is the author of the beloved and wildly popular “Little House” series of books, written in the 1930s and 40s, with some being published post-humously. They have been continually in print since then. They are the tales of her life in the Ingalls family in the 19th century frontier. Beloved by children of several generations, they gained new audiences with the television series produced by and starring Michael Landon in the 1970s and 80s. The books are a vivid and charming evocation of a time in American history and culture that is long gone and that is eternally fascinating, as seen through the eyes of an intelligent and curious little girl from a loving, if struggling, family of the prairie .
Dear Laura - a song by The Loved Ones
Laura - a song by Billy Joel
Laura - a song by Brave Combo
Laura - a song by Cal Tjader
Laura - a song by Carly Simon
Laura - a song by Dick Haymes
Laura - a song by Flogging Molly [explicit]
Laura - a song by Frank Sinatra
Laura - a song by Johnny Hallyday
Laura - a song by Lush
Laura - a song by Nana Mouskouri
Laura - a song by the Scissor Sisters
Laura - a song by Ween
Laura (what He's Got That I Ain't Got) - Kenny Rogers
Laura Laurent - a song by Bright Eyes
Laura's Theme - a song by Craig Armstrong
Love Theme From Eyes Of Laura Mars - Barbra Streisand
Tell Laura I Love Her - a song by Dickey Lee
Willie and Laura Mae Jones - a song by Dusty Springfield
The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set (Laura Ingalls Wilder) - LITTLE HOUSE. BIG ADVENTURE. Celebrate the original nine books that started it all! When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! Follow Laura’s life from the glorious days spent tucked in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, all the way through to her marriage to Almanzo and the birth of her own little girl in this complete box set, once again available with Garth Williams’ beloved artwork. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Laura - Laura Ingalls Wilder (pioneer/author); Laura Bush (U.S. First Lady); Laura Esquivel (author); Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (birth name of actress Reese Witherspoon); Laura Ashley (fashion designer); Laura Prepon (actress); Laura Hawkins (model for Twain’s character Becky Thatcher); Laura Elena Harring (actress); Laura Linney (actress); Laura Schlessinger (radio talk-show host); Laura Branigan (musician); Laura Davies (golfer); Laura Dern (actress); Laura Hillenbrand (author); Laura San Giacomo (actress)
Famous People Who Named Their Child Laura - Catherine Bach (actress); Pat Boone (singer); Ted Turner (business tycoon); Tommy Lasorda (baseball manager)
Laura de Noves (1310 – 1348) - Laura de Noves was the name of the young woman generally conceded to be the muse of Italian poet, Francesco Petracco (“Petrarch”), who wrote in the 14th century. In a grand gesture so typical of its time, Petrarch immediately fell in love with Laura on Good Friday, 1327, upon seeing her in church. Petrarch had been a clergyman; nonetheless, the possibility of a union was still stymied by the fact that the lady in question was already married (to an ancestor of the Marquis de Sade, no less!). Petrarch poured all his sentiments into his poetry, perfecting the sonnet form, and grieved her despairingly when she died in 1348 at the age of 38, on another fateful Good Friday. Although the cause of her youthful death was unrecorded, perhaps the endurance of eleven pregnancies just may have contributed to her demise. At any rate, Petrarch believed that her soul ascended to heaven, being separated from her “chaste and lovely body”. He went on to honor her memory all of his life, and he perfected the sonnet form in the service of singing her praises, most notably in the Canzonieri. He alluded in later years to his “…overwhelming but pure love affair, my only one…”. Well, not exactly. He did father two children outside the holy bonds of matrimony. Laura’s virtue remained intact, however, and Petrarch’s paeans to her have been a gift to us for centuries.