From actors to equations, get to know the Maxwells (Smart! Caulfield! Sheffield!) that came before Jessica Simpson’s baby girl .
In the April issue of Elle – for which she posed nude – Jessica Simpson teased that her newborn daughter’s name would be something “nontraditional.” “It’s nothing shocking and nothing you’ll have to add to the dictionary,” she said, “[but] still, when people hear it, they’ll know … why.” The name is reportedly a favorite in fiancé Eric Johnson’s family, being his middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name.
The R&B singer is probably best known for his 1999 hit “Fortunate,” though a 2009 return to the music industry with BLACKsummers’night, his fourth album, scored him Grammy awards for best R&B album and best male R&B vocal performance.
The Get Smart character was made famous by Don Adams in the 1965-1970 TV show about a bumbling secret agent who nevertheless still manages to get his man. Steve Carell also starred as the spy in a 2008 big-screen adaptation of the classic series.
Created in 1982, Maxwell House coffee began as a special blend for the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Since expanding, it has become one of America’s most recognized brands, in large part to its slogan, “Good to the last drop.”
A measure of electromagnetism, Maxwell’s equations are named after physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who presented them in his 1862 paper, On physical lines of force.
Though he’s worked steadily since 1967, Caulfield’s claim to fame was romancing Michelle Pfeiffer in 1982’s Grease 2, playing Michael Carrington, the not-so-cool cousin of Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy from the original Grease.
MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER
This Beatles song, about a boy named Maxwell who continues to destroy the opportunities presented to him with his silver hammer, appears on the band’s Abbey Road album and was released in September 1969.
The famed sector of Chicago was named after Dr. Philip Maxwell, an early settler, in 1847 and became a hot spot for immigrant families throughout history. It has earned comparisons to Ellis Island and been credited with being the birthplace of Chicago blues.
Portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy, this wealthy British Broadway producer was Fran Fine’s (Fran Drescher) employer – and the object of her affection – on the popular 1990s sitcom The Nanny.