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Commenter Charlie Townsend brought us one of those inexplicable anomalies in facial resemblances, that of Judge Judy Scheindlin and Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The two side by side look like this:
That’s Judge Judy on the right, said to be sporting a new hairdo at that time. She’s not only doing that, but also wearing the same lace … Charlie thought they looked very much alike, and I had to agree. I would even suggest that Judy is deliberately made to look like Ruth with the hair and clothing.
But it’s an absurd proposition! I’ve done absurdities here before, so I am not afraid to take this one to the limit. I first went back and got an older photo of Ginsberg, from 1980:
And then, just to show that this methodology can highlight similarities and that our basic facial structure does not change over time, I used an more recent photo, chopping it with this one.
This emphasizes my point that the alignment of facial features does not change even as we age. I’ve done nothing with these photos except put the pupils at the same distance. There is no monkey business involved. It just works like this. Also, people tend to assume the same posture and expression over time. (Note how her ear lobes have grown! Mine too. I could easily sport an earring that big.)
I did not expect what follows. This is Judge Judy, sporting her old hairdo and looking a tad tired and overworked:
I am not seeing a resemblance there, and thought at this point that the photo above with the new hairdo was a deliberate attempt to make Judy look like Ruth, for whatever purpose. So I did a chop of the two.
Ginsberg has a pronounced Cupid’s Bow on the upper lip that Judy does not have, and her lips are a bit fuller. The eyebrows are off slightly, but otherwise, same nose, same dimples, same skull shape, same chin … yikes!
We’ve encountered this sort of thing here before with, say, Betty White and Jayne Mansfield, Jennifer Lawrence and Helen Mirren and others. The age difference (Judge Judy 76, Ginsberg 86) makes any hanky panky with public identities impossible. These are two different people. One plays a judge on TV, the other was (or played) a Supreme Court judge. That is just freaky.
That is all I can say. I am not implying that these are twins, relatives, zombies, Brats … I am simply saying Wow!, and I dunno. That’s all I can take from this.
PS: This had to be done, just for the sake of ruling it out, and for a laugh:
They are not that far off, but I state categorically that Matt Damon and Ruth Bader Ginsberg are two different people, one an actor of lesser skill, and the other making a name playing Jason Bourne.
PPS: I did not think to wonder, but do now, why is Ginsberg’s 1980 photo from Columbia in black and white? From the late 60s forward this was all done in color.