Mahalia Jackson (New Orleans, 26 oktober 1911 – Chicago, 27 januari 1972) … She reminds us of Ms. Herbrink and Tina Turner.
- Queen of Gospel
- A major icon for black America in the 1950s and 1960s
- She sang at the White House and she also met the pope in 1961
- An activist standing besides Martin Luther King (28 augustus 1963)
- And she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King too, his favorite song.
The odd thing is, she totally looks like (white) Ms Herbrink, born in Lemelerveld, the Netherlands. Before she got married, she was known as Marietje Neppelenbroek (1925-2014).
Right: Picture of Carnaval in Vilsteren, 1975. Ms Zus Herbrink is standing on the right, next to prince Carnaval, in red, not looking towards the camera.
Them looking alike, becomes especially apparent in this interview. Ms Herbrink would only need a wig and amazingly good dark foundation, as she is for sure white. Her voice, the sound of her giggle, the eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, overall shape of face, mouth, teeth, movements of her head… it all looks exactly like Zus Herbrink, but with a brown skin. Though we have to say, Ms Herbrink always looked very tanned. Mocca. We are certainly not racial purists, but do not appreciate being lied to on these matters, especially not when someone plays a leading role as an activist for black civil rights.
Ms Zus Herbrink was a quiet sweet Catholic grandma-type, wearing brown-grey grandma dresses. Always sensible shoes. Living in a small ydillic village in the Eastern part of Holland. She ran a farm together with her husband Johan, untill he passed away. Ms Zus Herbrink did often work at the local church, helping out the vicar with the programme and flowers etc. Her daughter Ans sang in this church in Vilsteren. But as far as we know, Zus Herbrink did not. She was a positive, kind, smiling woman.
Zus Herbrink laughed a lot (giggling to herself), while often it was unclear what she was giggling about. She would not explain her laughter. She didnot talk much. Husband Johan Herbrink was the more obvious joker. Making fun of everything. Odd comments and weird voices to the kids. No visible wigs, no high heels and certainly no shiny short dresses or other soul outfits. They did have a very large elpee collection.
What is an insane coincidence, is how Mr Johan Herbrink looks like the (darker) version of Ike Turner (especially the 1970s photos). A spitting image. Just some dark shoeshine added. Nothing else is needed to make him look like Ike. What about that? But Zus and Johan Herbrink lived happily ever after, without ever mentioning any divorce or fight between them. So it can’t be they are the same persons. Right?
Unfortunatelly, Zus Herbrink passed away already. She would have been perfect as an actor for a movie about the life of Mahalia Jackson. Even her voice is similar. Zus Herbrink died in 2014, the internet tells us. In 1990, husband Johan Herbrink passed away (funeral with open cascade).
But we still have Tina Turner. She also has a similar shape in face and an amazing voice. She has a very typical “Tina” sound (like she has been singing way loud the day before). Oddly, with Mahalia Jackson, we hear that sound in Mahalia’s voice only sometimes in interviews, especially when she laughs. And that laugh sounds a lot like Zus Herbrink.
Zus Herbrink’s voice sounded like she had been using her voice too loud the night before. But she did not came across as someone who would visit the local pub for more than a tea on Sunday afternoon. In short, Zus Herbrink would have been a perfect match for the film role of Mahalia Jackson.
Tina Turner, we see as almost as good a match for the role. Her nose is a bit different. The shape of her face less round. But she can certainly perform the role. She need to gain 30 kg, lose the red lipstick and change her wig. Extra nose make-up to make it look more round. Tina Turner would be an excellent match for the role of Mahalia.
If only casting directors realize how some people look similar.