Brigitta MacBridge

KNOWN PETS: The Last Balaboo (name unknown).
KNOWN CONFIDANTS: Jubal Pomp; Dickie Duck
KNOWN RIVALS: $crooge McDuck
1st PRINT APPEARANCE: "Topolino" #243 in "Zio Paperone e l'ultimo Balabu" ("Uncle Scrooge and the Last Balaboo", July 24, 1960 (finally printed in the USA in "Uncle Scrooge" #242).
1st FILM APPEARANCE: "DuckTales" episode "'Til Nephews Do Us Part" (Jan. 1, 1988) in the person of "Millionaira Vanderbucks."
VOICE ACTOR: unkown (Millionaira Vanderbucks).
SIGNATURE: unknown
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Brigitta MacBridge is  $crooge McDuck's self-proclaimed fiance, a regular "gold-digger." Brigitta is an Italian character, and mostly appears in Disney's European stories made in Italy, but lately she has also been used in some Egmont stories. She first appeared in 1960 in "Zio Paperone e l'ultimo Balabu" by Romano Scarpa where she is introduced as a long-time acquaintance of Scrooge. She has always been in love with Scrooge, but her love has always been unrequited. Back in 1898 $crooge even presented her a very precious fur hat with the agreement that she would leave him alone, but she broke her promise. (When that story later was reprinted in the USA the year was changed to 1928.) In later stories she became a business-woman herself to try to beat $crooge in his own game. Carl Barks once sent Scarpa a sketch where Brigitta tries to seduce Scrooge by means of a money perfume. Scarpa used that idea in 1976 in "Topolino (Mickey Mouse)" #1061-1062 in "Zio Paperone e il casco d'oro" ("Uncle Scrooge and the Golden Helmet"). The original Barks sketch got lost, and was never printed anywhere. Scarpa has tried to recreate it as close as he could and Scarpa's recreation is printed in the Italian book on Scarpa by Luca Boschi, Leonardo Gori and Andrea Sani, as well as in "Uncle Scrooge" #242. Perhaps Brigitta's love remains unrequited because it is well known that $crooge's heart has always belonged to Glittering Goldie. However, Goldie's grand-daughter (a.k.a. grandniece), Dickie Duck, has been hired by Brigitta to ocassionally spy on $crooge for her. Another employee and accomplice of Brigitta's is a character called Jubal Pomp (Filo Sganga in Italian) who is a fellow businessman.
WORKING THEORIES: A derivative character reminiscent of Brigitta did appear in animation when $crooge stood ready to marry the gold-digging Millionaira Vanderbucks (a very twisted "DuckTales" version of Romano Scarpa's comic book vixen in "Til Nephews Do Us Part"). Upon request of Webby and the Nephews, Goldie showed up at the altar, rifle in hand, nearly killing $crooge for his infidelity to their unconsummated love.

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