Mar 9, 2013

Famous Girl Scouts

Famous Girl Scouts, It’s Girl Scouts Day on March 12, so what better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the country’s most famous Scouts? The Girl Scouts of the USA have been a starting point for many future politicians, celebrities, athletes and academics. Grab a cookie and guess which stars of today were past Scouts.

Madeleine Albright First woman Secretary of State
This former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of state was the inspiration behind this modern-day Girl Scouts badge.

Lucille Ball 'I Love Lucy' star
This comedic actress was the lead on one of the most popular television shows in the 1950s.

Shirley Temple Black 'Curly Top' child actress
Famous for her ringlet curls, this child actress began her film career in 1932, at the tender age of 3 and before she was even old enough to be a Scout.

Abigail Breslin 'Little Miss Sunshine'
This child actress earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the unconventional comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" and lent her voice to a 2011 Oscar-winning animated film. The 16-year-old has a number of projects coming up this year, including a role in a film co-starring Halle Berry.

Dr. Joyce Brothers First television psychologist
This former Scout and licensed psychologist had her own television and radio shows for years. She also had a monthly advice column in this popular women’s magazine.

Laura Bush A former first lady
She served as the organization’s honorary leader — it’s a first lady tradition — but was also a member growing up in West Texas.

Mariah Carey Five-time Grammy Award winner
For the past two decades, she has dominated pop charts with her ballads and famous whistle register.

Lynda Carter Wonder Woman
This former Scout knows exactly what it takes to be a strong, confident girl. She played Wonder Woman in the 1970s series "The New Original Wonder Woman".

Chelsea Clinton A former first daughter
This former Scout and the daughter of a former U.S. president and the recently resigned secretary of state, was a member of the Girl Scouts in Arkansas, where she grew up.

Lt Col Eileen Collins First female space shuttle commander
The now-retired astronaut joined the Scouts in her Northeastern hometown.

Katie Couric A daytime talk show host
This writer and former host of NBC and CBS shows declared, “All I need to know I learned from the Girl Scout law.”

Sheryl Crow 'Soak up the Sun' singer
This former Scout is a nine-time Grammy Award-winner and mom of two adopted boys.

Sandra Day O'Connor First female Supreme Court Justice
She was a Scout during her West Texas childhood and was appointed to the Supreme Court by the nation’s 40th president.

Dakota Fanning 'I Am Sam' star
This acclaimed young actress joined the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council after filming one of her 2005 roles.

Peggy Fleming Gold medal-winning figure skater
This former Scout won gold in the ladies’ figure skating at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games.

Kay Bailey Hutchison First female senator from Texas
This former senator (and mother of a Brownie) co-authored a book that gave proceeds to the Girl Scouts.

Mae Jemison First African-American woman in space
She helped break the interstellar color barrier when she lifted off in 1992 and is gearing up to return to space soon.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Greatest female athlete of the 20th century
She’s a retired Olympic gold-medal-winning "great".

Janet Napolitano U.S. Homeland Security secretary
President Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security (and former governor of this state) helped establish a Scout badge in 2009.

Jessye Norman A Grammy-winning opera singer
This opera diva is an honorary lifetime member of the Girl Scouts who has been known to sell as many as 2,000 boxes of cookies a year.

Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar-winning actress
This leading lady comes from a showbiz family, with an actress mother, director father and musician husband.

Nancy Reagan Leader of 'Just Say No' campaign
She was an honorary Scout leader when her husband was president and helped Scouts usher in an anti-drug-abuse campaign in the 1980s.

Chita Rivera The original Velma Kelly
This two-time Tony-winning Broadway actress made it big on stage in “West Side Story,” originated the role of Velma Kelly and was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002.

Amy Sedaris A cult comedy star
The campy comedienne behind “Strangers With Candy” claims she could always be found in her Girl Scout uniform when she was growing up in her Southern stomping grounds. She shows her continued love of crafts in her book, "Simple Times."

Helen Sharman The first Briton in space
This former British Scout was just 27 when she went to the Mir space station in 1991.

Gloria Steinem Co-founder of Ms. magazine
She’s one of the country’s most recognized feminist activists, having co-founded Ms. and other organizations, including the Women’s Media Center.

Martha Stewart An omnimedia crafting maven
This multimedia mogul probably has earned every badge there is. She’s known for elevating crafting to new heights, putting her brand on everything from glitter to bone folders.

Taylor Swift A Billboard Woman of the Year
She’s idolized by young music lovers around the world, thanks to such pop country hits as “You Belong With Me” and “Mean.”

Susan L. Taylor Former editor of Essence
She ran Essence for two decades, helping to propel the styles and perspectives of African-American women into the mainstream. She also served as a Girl Scouts National Board member.

Barbara Walters Former 20/20 anchor, host of 'The View' and author
This former Scout is known for interviewing some pretty interesting people, including this former Cuban president and the late Michael Jackson.

Dionne Warwick Grammy-winning singer and United Nations ambassador
This former Scout is a Grammy Award winner, former Global Ambassador for Health and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Venus Williams A three-time tennis gold medalist
The tennis champ spoke to Scouts at an awards luncheon in 2011 and hosted a private event just for Girl Scouts when her inspirational book, "Come to Win," debuted.