International star of television and feature film, author, supermodel, fashion icon! It is no wonder that she is considered “the paradigm of porcine pulchritude.” And yet, though her millions of fans around the world can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a superstar, Miss Piggy has not always been “in the pink.”
Born and raised on a farm, Miss Piggy enjoyed a typically happy agricultural childhood—if hunkering down in mud is your idea of a good time. But these early years—which, be forewarned, Miss Piggy does not like to talk about—were soon put behind her as she left the rural life to pursue her dream of becoming a celebrity of the highest wattage.
Miss Piggy left home as a teenager, having graduated from a charm school and karate dojo where she became a perfect lady, and learned how to break boards…and other things. On her own, she managed to find employment selling gloves in a department store. Unfortunately, her salary was too meager to cover her extensive wardrobe costs (despite the employee discount). Strapped for funds, Miss Piggy was forced to pose for some ads, one of them for a certain product that is often combined with lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. (This whole incident is too painful for her to talk about, and we know better than to say the word aloud in her presence — don’t say you haven’t been warned).
Soon, Miss Piggy’s luck changed and she was able to get frequent work as a hand model, a gig which oddly enough led to her entering the Miss Bogen Country Beauty Pageant that was to change her life forever. There she met her adored frog, Kermit. And the rest, as they say, is history…
Miss Piggy soon moved to London and worked in the chorus of The Muppet Show. Of course, she wasn’t fated to remain in the chorus for long. Actually, her stint out of the spotlight lasted for only half a musical number during the very first episode of The Muppet Show. Soon, she made her presence known and became lead chanteuse and femme fatale on the show, and Kermit’s constant companion.
Quickly, her career expanded to include television specials, home videos, records and books. Her “how to” volume of advice on absolutely everything, Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life, became a national bestseller. Other books to her credit include a celebrity cookbook entitled In The Kitchen with Miss Piggy and Miss Piggy’s Rules and the recent bestseller The Diva Code. Miss Piggy’s memorable divine face has been featured on the cover of countless magazines too numerous to mention (all right…Time, TV Guide, InStyle and People to name a few).
With Kermit, Miss Piggy has starred in all eight Muppet feature films including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets From Space and The Muppets where Miss Piggy starred as fashion editor for Paris Vogue. After spending more than a year preparing for the role, by living in Paris and buying expensive fashion, Miss Piggy was convinced this was the movie that would lead to her finally winning an Oscar. Unfortunately, Hollywood has yet to overcome its species bias against actresses who don’t happen to be human. (As a consolation, she did “borrow” the Oscar won by songwriter Brett McKenzie for Best Song, “Man or Muppet”). Most recently, she starred in Muppets Most Wanted which released March 2014. Currently, Miss Piggy hosts the late night syndicated show, Up Late with Miss Piggy.