Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary may mean any of several people or things.

  • Queen Mary Tudor (1516-1558, reigned 1553-1558), who was nicknamed Bloody Mary on account of her persecution of protestants, burning, hanging, beheading or disemboweling some 280. This is the most common meaning in academic study.
  • A Bloody Mary is a cocktail made with vodka and tomato juice, and such flavour enhancers as Worcester sauce. It is named from its colour rather than any connection with the Queen.
  • A character in the musical South Pacific is named Bloody Mary, notably in the song 'Bloody Mary is the Girl I Love'. Her name is partly an ironic reference to English history.