Sarah Palin Was Known as “Sarah Barracuda”


Hey, maybe she still is, for all I know.

Anyway, that’s one of the revelations in the E! True Hollywood Story about the former Alaska Governor, airing on April 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Here are the juiciest quotes the show culled from various experts who’ve observed the scary lady in action.

*As a high school basketball player, “she got the nickname Sarah Barracuda. Some people didn’t even like playing with her, she would scratch them and get up real close to them and she was very physical.”

* “She was a natural beauty. I was surprised that Sarah had been in beauty pageants, because she was so incredibly shy. I really couldn’t see her standing in front of a group of people or in front of a group of judges. And I couldn’t see her wanting to be center stage.”

(So she was a barracuda who scratches, but was also painfully shy? What is this, an Alaskan Rashomon?)

* “She was so new on the scene and so different. I mean she can skin a moose. The whole back-story thing makes her so different. It just feeds curiosity.”

* “People can’t tell the difference [between] what she said and what Tina Fey said and they just sort of accredit everything to Sarah Palin.”

And most heart-tuggingly of all:

* “She came home to absolutely no friends. The Democrats who she had worked with no longer had much to say to her. So, it wasn’t a big glory coming home.”

Not even “Welcome back, Sarah Barracuda!”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2011

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