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6th Dec '17 8:05:50 PM DesertDragon
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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will make sure everyone knows it is ''her'' show and will not tolerate some young upstart stealing her spotlight. She never considers that she may be [[WhiteDwarfStarlet past her prime]], or that her nasty attitude could be bringing down the morale of those around her. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.

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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will make sure everyone knows it is ''her'' show and will not tolerate some young upstart stealing her spotlight.she rules the stage with an iron fist. She never considers that she may be [[WhiteDwarfStarlet past her prime]], or that her nasty attitude could be bringing down the morale of those around her. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.
19th Nov '17 11:59:11 AM darkchiefy
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* EdwardNorton in Film/Birdman played a borderline self parody of one.

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* EdwardNorton in Film/Birdman Film/{{Birdman}} played a borderline self parody of one.
14th Oct '17 7:19:54 AM DesertDragon
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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will not tolerate seeing someone else play ''her'' leading part, especially an inexperienced youngster, never considering she might be way out of her element (perhaps because she's [[WhiteDwarfStarlet too old for the part]]), or that her nasty attitude could be bringing down the morale of those around her. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.

The Primadonna is etymologically and stereotypically female, but men are not exempt but being called one. This is because the word's meaning has become [[YouKeepUsingThatWord less specific through overuse]] in RealLife. It's Italian for "first lady" and it originally just meant the leading female singer in an opera company. Evidently enough of them embodied the traits in the preceding paragraph that it came to refer to any individual--male or female--who's talented in their field but insufferably egotistical as a person. The term "diva," which originally meant a seasoned and respected female singer, has gained negative connotations for all the same reasons to the point that the two terms are synonymous. However, "diva" is still limited to the entertainment industry (though not necessarily women or singers).

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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will not tolerate seeing someone else play make sure everyone knows it is ''her'' leading part, especially an inexperienced youngster, show and will not tolerate some young upstart stealing her spotlight. She never considering considers that she might may be way out of her element (perhaps because she's [[WhiteDwarfStarlet too old for the part]]), past her prime]], or that her nasty attitude could be bringing down the morale of those around her. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.

The Primadonna is etymologically and stereotypically female, but men are not exempt but being called one. This is because the word's meaning has become [[YouKeepUsingThatWord less specific through overuse]] in RealLife. It's Italian for "first lady" and it originally just meant referred to the leading female singer in an opera company. Evidently enough of them embodied the traits in the preceding paragraph that it came to refer to any individual--male or female--who's talented in their field but insufferably egotistical as and a person. pain to work with. The term "diva," which is Italian for "goddess" and originally meant referred to a seasoned and respected female singer, has gained negative connotations for all the same reasons reasons, to the point that the two terms are synonymous. However, "diva" is still limited to the entertainment industry (though industry, though not necessarily women or singers).
singers.
8th Oct '17 9:12:26 AM DaibhidC
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* The singer in Music/MitchBenn's "I Want", which is a list of increasingly ridiculous demands interspersed with wondering why everyone else isn't as easy-going and patient as him.
-->I want thirty-seven different kinds of bottled fizzy water,\\
I want the venue manager to offer me his daughter,\\
Nobody can use a word like "insecurity",\\
And everyone must rush around for me, me, me, me, me, me...\\
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* Miss Piggy is frequently portrayed as making huge demands on her fellow [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets]], and automatically assuming that she has to be the star. Whether her fame and/or talent actually matches her self-opinion or she's a SmallNameBigEgo varies considerably depending on the production.
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27th Sep '17 4:15:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/WinonaRyder plays a stuck-up, prima-donna actress in ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'' in a role that reeks of AdamWesting. Her agent eventually grows tired of her demands and replaces her with a virtual actress that he created himself. This seems to have created some humility when she returns later in awe of Simone's success.
3rd Sep '17 7:12:59 PM DesertDragon
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Compare TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity. See also PrimaDonnaDirector, who acts much the same. Also see {{Bridezilla}} for when it's a bride (actress or not) who behaves like this.

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Compare TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity. See also PrimaDonnaDirector, who acts much the same. Also see {{Bridezilla}} for when it's a bride (actress bride--performer or not) who not--who behaves like this.
this during her Big Day (but can be a lovely person most other times).
3rd Sep '17 7:11:24 PM DesertDragon
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The Primadonna is etymologically and stereotypically female, but men are not exempt but being called one. This is because the word's meaning has become [[YouKeepUsingThatWord less specific through overuse]] in RealLife. It's Italian for "first lady" and originally simply meant the leading female singer in an opera company. Evidently enough of them embodied the traits in the preceding paragraph that it came to be used to refer to any individual--male or female--who's talented in their field but insufferably egotistical. The term "diva," which originally meant a seasoned and respected female singer, has gained negative connotations for all the same reasons to the point that the two terms are synonymous (though "diva" is mostly limited to the entertainment industry).

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The Primadonna is etymologically and stereotypically female, but men are not exempt but being called one. This is because the word's meaning has become [[YouKeepUsingThatWord less specific through overuse]] in RealLife. It's Italian for "first lady" and it originally simply just meant the leading female singer in an opera company. Evidently enough of them embodied the traits in the preceding paragraph that it came to be used to refer to any individual--male or female--who's talented in their field but insufferably egotistical. egotistical as a person. The term "diva," which originally meant a seasoned and respected female singer, has gained negative connotations for all the same reasons to the point that the two terms are synonymous (though synonymous. However, "diva" is mostly still limited to the entertainment industry).
industry (though not necessarily women or singers).
25th May '17 12:29:46 PM StFan
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* Bianca Castafiore from the ''{{Tintin}}'' comics, though much nicer than most examples.

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* Bianca Castafiore from the ''{{Tintin}}'' ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' comics, though much nicer than most examples.examples. Still, if you don't serve her pasta "al dente", she'll upends them on the poor sap doing so, even if he's a prison guard.




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* Lina Lamont in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.

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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', where a technology Prima Donna is shown to be rude but indispensible.
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Lina Lamont in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.



* Samantha James in ''Film/JustFriends''
* Margo Channing in ''Film/AllAboutEve''.
** Eve herself, by the end of the show.

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* %%* Margo Channing in ''Film/AllAboutEve''.
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''Film/AllAboutEve''. Eve herself, by the end of the show.




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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', where a technology Prima Donna is shown to be rude but indispensible.

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* Sheridan Whiteside from ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner''.
* Frieda Hatzfeld from ''Music in the Air''.

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Sheridan Whiteside from ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner''.
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* ''{{Theatre/Applause}}'', being a musical version of ''Film/AllAboutEve'', has Margo and eventually Eve as this.

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* ''{{Theatre/Applause}}'', ''Theatre/{{Applause}}'', being a musical version of ''Film/AllAboutEve'', has Margo and eventually Eve as this.




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17th Apr '17 2:27:06 PM LightningPrincess
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* EdwardNorton in Film/Birdman played a borderline self parody of one.
7th Mar '17 4:07:53 AM DesertDragon
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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will not tolerate seeing someone else play ''her'' leading part, especially an inexperienced youngster, never considering she might be way out of her element (perhaps because she's [[WhiteDwarfStarlet too old for the part]]), or that her meddling could be actively destroying the show. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.

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The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will not tolerate seeing someone else play ''her'' leading part, especially an inexperienced youngster, never considering she might be way out of her element (perhaps because she's [[WhiteDwarfStarlet too old for the part]]), or that her meddling nasty attitude could be actively destroying bringing down the show.morale of those around her. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.
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