Maria (For Whom the Bell Tolls) Maria is the love interest of the American Robert Jordan in Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 classic, For Whom The Bell Tolls, (made into a movie in 1943 with the incomparable Ingrid Bergman as Maria). The beautiful young Maria has suffered greatly in the Spanish Civil War, having lost her family, been raped, and having had her hair shorn. Youth and her own natural innocent goodness are on her side, however, and she is recovering when Jordan arrives in the guerilla camp. Their attraction is powerful and instantaneous – and immediately consummated (“Did thee feel the earth move?”). Maria instills a revived sense of hope into the cynical American, and he dares to hope for a future with her. It is not to be, of course, but Maria (Spain?) is saved again by the heroics of the man who loves her – she lives on.
Maria (Twelfth Night) Maria is a character in William Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, believed to have been written around 1601/02. Maria is the Countess Olivia’s lady-in-waiting, and she is a spirited prankster in her own right. In this comedy of errors, involving the usual male-to-female-and vice-versa changeovers, Maria is part of the plot to make Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, believe the noblewoman is in love with him. Maria writes a letter to him, purporting to be from Olivia, which inspires Malvolio to enact all kinds of nonsense. This gets him (again through Maria’s intervention) thrown into a dark holding chamber. An educated, literate, prankster of a ladies’ maid deserves a happy ending, and Maria gets one – she marries Sir Toby Belch. Apart from the fate of being addressed as Madam Belch, she could have done a whole lot worse!
Maria Bertram (Mansfield Park) Maria Bertram is a character in Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park. She is one of four children of a wealthy family which takes in their beautiful but impoverished niece, Fanny Price, to their home at Mansfield Park. Maria is as bad as Fanny is good, which is saying something. She is vain, self-centered and focused on finding a suitable marriage partner. She treats Fanny like the poor relation she is, and gives her little thought beyond the mandatory teasing. Although engaged to the rich and stupid Mr. Rushworth, Maria is also entranced with the newcomer, Henry Crawford, and dallies with him. When the caddish Henry jilts her, Maria quickly (and regrettably) marries Mr. Rushworth. Sometime later, she and Henry take up with each other again, creating a great scandal and prompting Mr. R. to divorce her and Henry to abandon her. Maria reaps the wages of sin – we are told she adjourns “to another country”. The climate, emotional and otherwise, has to be better!
Ave Maria - a classical piece by J. S. Bach/Charles Gounod
Ave Maria No Morro - a song by Andrea Bocelli
Black Maria - a song by Todd Rundgren
María - a song by Ricky Martin
Maria - a song by Blondie
Maria - a song by Brian Setzer Orchestra
Maria - a song by George Strait
Maria - a song by Green Day
Maria - a song by Men at Work
Maria - a song by Perry Como
Maria - a song by Rage Against the Machine
Maria - a song by The Jackson 5
Maria - a song from The Sound of Music
Maria - a song from West Side Story
Maria - a song by Wu-Tang Clan
Maria - a song by ALO
Maria (You Were the Only One) - by Michael Jackson
Maria Dolores - a song by Joan Baez
Maria Elena - a song by Hank Snow
Maria Elena - a song by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Maria Elena - a song by Michael Buble
Maria Elena - a song by Ry Cooder
Maria is a Mystery - a song by David Allan Coe
Maria Magenta - a song by Donovan Leitch
Maria Maria - a song by Santana
My Maria - a song by B.W. Stevenson
My Maria - a song by Brooks & Dunn
O Maria - a song by Beck
Sancta Maria - a song by Andrea Bocelli
Sarah Maria - a song by James Taylor
They Call the Wind Maria - a song by Kingston Trio
Call Me Maria (Judith Ortiz Cofer) - Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope. Recommended for ages 8-12.
María Tenía Una Llamita (Angela Dominguez) - Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart. Recommended for ages 3-6.
My Name Is Maria Isabel (Alma Flor Ada) - A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity. For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself? Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Maria - Maria Shriver (journalist/former First Lady of California); Maria Bello (actress); Maria Menounos (entertainment journalist); Maria Sharapova (tennis player); Mia Farrow (actress, born Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow)
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maria - Elizabeth Taylor (actress); Eunice Kennedy Shriver (one of the Kennedys); Gary Cooper (actor); Harvey Korman (comic/actor); James Monroe (U.S. President); John Farrow (director); Marlene Dietrich (actress); Maureen O' Sullivan (actress); Rosemary Clooney (singer)
Maria - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maria.