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    This is another quotation from Madonna. I need to understand this. Will anybody help me please?

    “They used to say that I was a slut, a pig, an easy lay, a sex bomb, Minnie Mouse or even Marlene Dietrich's daughter, but I'd rather say that I'm just a hyperactive adult.”

    Q1: I understand “Mickey Mouse” can mean “something unimportant, trivial”. Does Minnie Mouse mean the same thing? Just the girl’s version of it?
    Q2: Does “Marlene Dietrich's daughter” mean a girl who looks like the sexy actress?

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    I think so, though I'm less sure about the Minnie Mouse reference. With Marlene Dietrich, I assume she means not just the beauty, but the distance and supposed coldness of the femme fatale.

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    Her reference to Minnie Mouse dates back to when she was first seeking a record contract. Camille Barbone, the first agent to sign Madonna, heard the audition tape and described Madonna's high voice as sounding like "Minnie Mouse on helium." If you've ever heard Minnie Mouse in the Disney cartoons, her voice is higher-pitched than Mickey's.

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    Thank you, tdol!
    Thank you, Ouisch!
    You saved my life

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    I suppose too Marlene Dietrich was somewhat ambiguous. And Madonna sometimes seems to attempt a lower breathier Dietrichesque voice.

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    Thank you, MrP!
    It's interesting to know these things...
    It's difficult to read between the lines for non-native speakers, but it's interesting!

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