Miss Piggy may well be an indisputable legend in the world of entertainment. But with her tendency to karate chop anyone who crosses her, smother the object of her affections and hog the limelight at all costs, she’s not exactly someone with whom it’s flattering to be compared. It’s little wonder, then, that the Muppet’s very human inspiration apparently didn’t see the character as a glowing tribute. In fact, it’s even said that the woman in question threatened to take her revenge.
Yes, it turns out that Kermit the Frog’s on/off girlfriend is actually based on a real person – and a very famous entertainer in her own right, too. Peggy Lee was one of the most popular musical performers of the mid-20th century, in fact, scoring multiple number ones and picking up nominations at both the Grammys and Academy Awards.
But the lady who once voiced two Siamese cats and a Pekingese in Lady and the Tramp reportedly didn’t appreciate being honored by a felt puppet pig – let alone the brash diva who once took her name. Here’s a look at Lee’s fascinating life story and how she inadvertently influenced Jim Henson’s famous creation.