The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Princess Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan’s army. Khutulun insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, forfeiting horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors
Jane White as Queen Aggravain in the 1959 Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The first African-American actress to portray a white character on Broadway, Ms. White originated this role in the Tony-nominated musical comedy and starred opposite Carol Burnett, who was making her Broadway debut in the role of Princess Winnifred. Photo via The New York Times and Photofest.