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  1. The Phoenician princess and Queen of Ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament (1 Kings). She incited heresy and lured the Jews away from their God and back to paganism. Jezebel was finally deposed by Jehu, who confronted her and threw her from the palace window to the streets, where her body was eaten by wild dogs.
  1. An evil, scheming or shameless woman; an immoral woman.
    She’s an absolute Jezebel!

Cultural References

  • In the 1957 Three Stooges film Rusty Romeos, Joe Besser calls a gold-digging ex-fiancée (Connie Cezon) a jezebel.
  • In the Season 2 episode of Criminal Minds "The Big Game", a woman who commits adultery is called Jezebel. She is murdered by a serial killer who feeds her to dogs.
  • In a Season 2 episode of "The Tudors", Anne Boleyn is referred to as "the whore Jezebel".
  • Edith Piaf recorded a song called "Jezebel," which was later covered in tribute by Ann Wilson of Heart.
  • Pioneer Virginia gospel/pop quartet of the '30s and '40s, The Golden Gate Quartet recorded a song titled "Jezebel" on their Rock My Soul album; the song reflects the story of Jezebel, and was re-recorded and adapted for Recoil's album Liquid (March 2000).
  • Bette Davis won an Oscar for Best Actress in William Wyler's Jezebel (1938).
  • Anita O'Day was billed as the "Jezebel of Jazz".
  • Frankie Laine had a big pop hit in 1951 with a song called "Jezebel".
  • Indie musician Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) recorded a love song to Jezebel, presumably from the viewpoint of King Ahab, on his Woman King EP.
  • Frank Kelly's "Christmas Countdown" parody of the Twelve Nights of Christmas, a 1983 UK and Irish chart entry.
  • Australian rock band The Drones recorded "Jezebel" as the opening track of their third album, Gala Mill. A sprawling 7 minute song, it appears to cover topics from nuclear testing in Australia to the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
  • Nathan Price mentions and compares his daughter to Jezebel in the novel The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
  • British grime artist Dizzee Rascal recorded a song titled "Jezebel" on his debut album Boy In Da Corner; it is a tale of a young girl and the choices she makes.
  • Nigerian-born singer Sade Adu (Sade) also recorded a song titled "Jezebel" on her Promise album in 1985 about a girl who knows how to get what she wants.
  • In Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale, the secret brothel used by the Commanders is called "Jezebel's."
  • Controversial pastor of Water of Life Church in Plano, Texas, Doyle Davidson, uses the term in nearly all his sermons to refer to Devils.
  • The American band 10,000 Maniacs also recorded a song titled "Jezebel" on their 1992 album Our Time In Eden, concerning Jezebel's regrets about the inexorability of her mission.
  • In Tom Robbins's novel Skinny Legs and All, Jezebel is presented as a down to earth, sympathetic, and strong female character, wrongfully slandered in the Bible because of her religious beliefs.
  • In Isaac Asimov's novel Caves of Steel, Jezebel is described as an ideal wife, and a woman who, in full compliance with the mores of the time, promotes her own religion conscientiously.
  • In Memories by Leonard Cohen, Jezebel is mentioned as being sung about by Frankie Lane in a dance club.
  • Joni Mitchell's song "Magdalene Laundries" from her album Turbulent Indigo, along with many other biblical references, alludes to Jezebel.
  • Alan Wilder's song Jezebel from the LP Liquid, 2000, which was also the first single from this album is all about Jezebel. Sang by Orlandus Wilson.
  • Jezebel appears in Bob Dylan's "Tombstone Blues" from his 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited. Here she "violently knits a bald wig, for Jack the Ripper".
  • Sarah Jezebel Deva is the stage name of Sarah Jane Ferridge, an English singer who has collaborated with bands like Cradle of Filth and Mortiis.
  • My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, a 1981 album by Brian Eno and David Byrne, features the song "The Jezebel Spirit", which contains a sample of Jezebel being mentioned during an exorcism performed by a preacher.
  • In the 1997 Jim Carrey movie Liar Liar, Carrey and co-star Swoosie Kurtz are involved in a courtroom argument that degenerates into name-calling. The dialogue in the released version of the film begins with Kurtz objecting to one of Carrey's character's points, Carrey saying "You would," Kurtz calling him "Bastard," with Carrey finally calling Kurtz "Hag" before Jason Bernard's "Judge Stevens" harshly reprimands them both. In the gag reel on the DVD, Kurtz continues with "Overactor" before Bernard has a chance to begin his dialogue, to which Carrey responds "Jezebel" as the film crew break down in laughter.
  • In the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner, Lopez's character mumbles while drunk that "Jezebel is the only queen in the Bible to be eaten by dogs."
  • KMFDM has a song entitled "Juke Joint Jezebel" on their 1995 album Nihil, written by collaborator Raymond Watts, which is considered by many to be their most popular song.
  • WWE commentator Jim Ross refers to the heel divas as "Jezebels" quite frequently.
  • The German singer/songwriter Alexander Veljanov has recorded a song "Jezebel" on his 1998 album Secrets of the Silver Tongue.
  • The hard rock band He Is Legend refers to Jezebel in the lyrics of their song "The Seduction" which was released on the album I Am Hollywood in 2004.
  • In 1996, Elenor Brown composed the poem "Jezebel and the Eunuchs."<ref>Maura Dooley et al, "Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets." 1997. pp 21.</ref>
  • The Hip-Hop group Outkast have a song off the album ATLiens called "Jazzy Belle", a take on the name that explores similar themes to the biblical Jezebel.
  • From Lauryn Hill's 1998 rap hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)": "Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in / Who you gonna call when the repercussions spin?"
  • In the 2005 movie musical Reefer Madness, Mary Lane refers to herself as "a pubescent addition to Jezebel" in the song "Murder".
  • The Smothers Brothers recorded a humorous version of Jezebel.
  • Tea Leaf Green, a rock 'n' roll band from San Francisco, plays a song by the name of 'Jezebel'.
  • In the movie Jacob's Ladder, Jacob's girlfriend is named Jezebel.
  • The original Twilight Zone episode "Jess-Belle" is about a girl who strikes a bargain with a witch to win the heart of a man engaged to another woman.
  • In the comic book V for Vendetta, the main character V calls Justice 'Jezebel' in an inner monologue for having fallen for the interests of the fictional British fascist regime.
  • In a Saturday Night Live skit, Gus Chiggins (portrayed by Will Ferrell) mutters "Oh Jezebel, why are you so sweet? I'll take you down to the market, and put you in my shoe" as he is leaving the room.
  • In the Elvis Presley song "Hardheaded woman", he sings "I've heard about a king who was doing swell until he started messing with that evil Jezebel".
  • On That 70s Show Episode 605 "I'm Free", Fez tells Laurie (Eric's sister who is sexually promiscuous) to "Zip-it Jezebel".
  • In the Broadway musical Godspell by Stephen Schwartz, the song "Learn Your Lessons Well" features the lyrics, "...Just as old Elijah said to Jezebel/You better start to learn your lessons well."
  • Focus on the Family Radio Theatre produced a miniseries called Father Gilbert Mysteries. In one episode, Father Louis Gilbert, a former Scotland Yard detective who became an Anglican priest, is investigating a female kidnapper who operates under the alias "Jezzy Bell".
  • Ric Flair referred to Miss Elizabeth as "That Jezebel" in a promo at Wrestlemania VIII
  • "This is Jezebel in hell" is a lyric from the song 'Angry Johnny' by Singer/songerwriter Anne Danielewski, more commonly known as 'Poe'.
  • Canadian band Two Hours Traffic has a song titled Jezebel on their second album "Little Jabs".
  • Jezebel was the name of an unreflected critical assembly of plutonium used in neutronics experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory. One writer speculates that the name references the aforementioned Bette Davis film--a plausible suggestion, given the respective dates of the film's release and the beginning of research at Los Alamos.<ref>"Ad: Work at Los Alamos
  • Chely Wright sings a song called "Jezebel" which is about a woman who steals Chely Wright's man. (Jan, 1956)." Modern Mechanix, June 21, 2007. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/06/21/ad-work-at-los-alamos/</ref>
  • In Kaori Yuki's Manga series Godchild, one of the main antagonists (and the main character's half brother) is called Jezebel Disraeli.
  • "Don't need no modern-day Jezebel" is a lyric from the song "Wish I Had A Girl" by singer/songwriter Henry Lee Summer.
  • In season 6 of "The Simpsons", episode "Bart's Girlfriend," the church marquee reads: "Evil women in history: from Jezebel to Janet Reno."
  • One of the quests that the player can undertake in the computer game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is to kill a character named Jezebel Locke. Jezebel Locke is revealed to be a seductive vampiress that deliberately spreads a dangerous disease through the local human population in downtown Los Angeles, endangering the masquerade.
  • The song "Carnivale" by English Drum & Bass producer Lynx and German rapper Kemo features a mention of Jezebel along with many other religious mentions.
  • In an episode of The Bernie Mac Show, Vanessa puts on lipgloss and Bryanna "Baby Girl" calls her Jezebel.
  • Jezebel is mentioned in the ska song "Carry Go Bring Come" by Justin Hinds.
  • Louisiana sludge metal band Acid Bath has a song entitled simply "Jezebel" in which a woman, presumed to be a whore, is killed and mutilated.
  • There is a song lyric by EmmyLou Harris that refers to Jezebel--"You've been burned by Jezebel."
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers' song Save This Lady features lines "Jezebel spirit's gonna steal my health..."
  • The 1985 Thompson Twins song "Roll Over" features the lines "Jezebel paid her way, sliding around on dirty sheets all day"
  • In Ken Kesey's classic novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. At the end of the novel when Nurse Ratched discovers a patient, Billy Bibbit with a prostitute, she is at a loss for words as how to describe the women, when another patient, Harding, offers that she is a Jezebel.
  • The rock band, Atomic Wasteland Mutants, has a song entitled "Jezebel". The song cautions people to guard their soul from being taken by Jezebel, a physically beautiful but clearly evil demon.
  • Wyclef Jean's song "Linda" from his 2003 album The Preacher's Son references the story of Ahab and Jezebel.
  • Danity Kane’s song "Bad Girl" featuring Missy Elliot from their 2008 album Welcome To The Dollhouse references a Jezebel as a wicked woman or a woman corrupted from the social norm.
  • Jezebel, spelled Dyesebel locally is a mermaid made popular in comic strips, television and movies in the Philippines.
  • In the book The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Jezebel is a young girl under Maleficent's spell.
  • In the book A Tale of Two Cities the character Madame Defarge could easily be compared to Jezebel in that she was portrayed as an evil, murderous woman who controlled her husband.




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