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On January 29, 1999—exactly 15 years ago—a modern day adaptation of Pygmalion was thrust on an unsuspecting public.‘She’s All That' 15th Anniversary: Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Making of the ‘90s Classic|Marlow Stern|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The notion of handcrafting a flawless spouse was nothing new—the Pygmalion myth dates back to ancient Greece.
Pygmalion, king of Cyprus, was a sworn bachelor, and had shunned the society of women for many years.Stories of Old Greece and Rome|Emilie Kip Baker
But Gilbert never soared so high either in his philosophy or in his art as in Pygmalion and Galatea.The English Stage|Augustin Filon
To this statue Venus, at Pygmalion's request, gives life; but she withholds the power of loving.
In "Pygmalion" we are asked to suppose that Venus is indignant with the sculptor for his lack of susceptibility to female charms.
Pygmalion, before his perfect statue, is not successful,—for it might live.Ellen Terry and Her Sisters|T. Edgar Pemberton
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In classical mythology, a sculptor who at first hated women but then fell in love with a statue he made of a woman. He prayed to Venus that she would find him a woman like the statue. Instead, Venus made the statue come to life.
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Cultural definitions for Pygmalion (2 of 2)
A play by George Bernard Shaw, about a professor, Henry Higgins, who trains a poor, uneducated girl, Eliza Doolittle, to act and speak like a lady. Shaw based his story on a tale from Greek mythology about a sculptor who carves a statue of a woman and falls in love with it (see under “Mythology and Folklore”).