“I can’t relate to 99% of humanity”
This month’s issue of Smithsonian Magazine has a short but fascinating article about Bonnie Erikson, the creator of Statler (pictured) and Waldorf, Miss Piggy, The Philly Phanatic, and others.
Who inspired the character of Miss Piggy?
My mother used to live in North Dakota where Peggy Lee sang on the local radio station before she became a famous jazz singer. When I first created Miss Piggy I called her Miss Piggy Lee—as both a joke and an homage. Peggy Lee was a very independent woman, and Piggy certainly is the same. But as Piggy’s fame began to grow, nobody wanted to upset Peggy Lee, especially because we admired her work. So, the Muppet’s name was shortened to Miss Piggy.