"A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance," wrote Lena Dunham's character Hannah Horvath in "Girls." We'd argue that this sentiment holds far beyond the confines of university.
The women in your life are there for all the serious stuff, like health scares and accompanying you to the funerals of loved ones, as well as the moments that make you laugh until you can't breathe. They celebrate your successes, help you move on from your failures and keep you sane even when you're about to crack. You can tell them the deepest secrets about yourself and your family, and count on them to pick up the phone at any hour.
Close female friendships are special for reasons far beyond the TV cliches of eating pints of ice cream together in pajamas and sharing closets. Here are 10 under-appreciated things about your lady friends:
1. They never get tired of hearing you tell the same story, no matter how boring or implausible it may be.
2. They're used to all the weird things that you do when you're sleep-deprived, drunk or hungry. (Like all the times you ate ranch dressing on pizza or fell asleep with a box of chicken nuggets in bed with you.) No disclaimers or excessive apologizing necessary.
3. You can tell them to leave you alone, and they won't get upset with you.
4. You never have to pretend to be interested in something you're not. If your friend is excited about a concert you're not into, or wants to check out a new restaurant with cuisine you don't like, you can just say...
5. Not only will they get annoyed on your behalf, they'll also remember who you don't get along with -- and act accordingly.
6. They’ll buy you a pregnancy test if you need them to. We're not sure a guy friend would understand why we couldn't just buy one ourselves -- it's just one of those things.
7. They’ll always side with you against your significant other, mother or anyone else you're in a heated disagreement with. No matter how much they love that person the rest of the time.
8. They understand your weird quirks, like not being able to touch pickles and feeling anxious in places without internet.
9. Sometimes you need a good wingwoman. A close female friend will know what you're looking for, and have at least a few reasonable ideas on how to make it happen.
10. They’ve seen you at your worst, and think nothing of it. Holding your hair back after a few too many drinks? That meltdown after a terrible day at work? All the extreme emotions that come with a bad breakup? These things just come with the territory. Your female friends implicitly know how important it is to support you through the less-than-fun times in your life -- and they also know you'll be there to return the favor.
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Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas and Gloria Steinem met in 1967 when an agent pitched the idea of Marlo playing Gloria in a TV-movie. The movie never happened (and the agent turned out to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/marlo-thomas-gloria-steinem_b_835092.html" target="_blank">quite offensive</a>), but the two activists have remained friends ever since. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/gloria-steinemthe-icon-th_b_926573.html" target="_blank">Says Marlo about Steinem</a>, “We have been confidantes, soul mates and sisters.”
Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland
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Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek
Cruz and Hayek (who have been friends since <a href="http://www.wewomen.com/celebrities/album899642/celebrity-bffs-famous-friends-22413140.html" target="_blank"> early on</a> in their careers) first worked together on the film “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416496/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Bandidas.</a>” In fact, they almost died together when the plane taking them to the set nearly crashed in 2006. Their friendship was strong even then -- Penelope <a href="http://geniusbeauty.com/celebrity-gossip/female-friendship-hollywood-penelope-cruz-salma-hayek/" target="_blank">said about the experience</a>, “A thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment, at least I’d die with my best friend.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
These hilarious women met in 1993 at an <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity-lifestyle/celebrities/tina-fey-amy-poehler-interview" target="_blank">improv class in Chicago</a> and continued to work together throughout the years at the "Upright Citizens Brigade" and "SNL" (where the two co-hosted the segment “Weekend Update” from 2004-2006). They eventually collaborated on films such as "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377092/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Mean Girls</a>" and "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0871426/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Baby Mama</a>." Amy has <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/01/history-of-tina-and-amys-best-friendship.html" target="_blank">said about Tina,</a> "She’s...really, really funny and incredibly hard-working and a very supportive and loyal friend." Tina once <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/news/tv/42410299/a-chronicling-of-tina-fey-and-amy-poehler-s-super-awesome-friendship-videos?page=all" target="_blank">quipped about Amy</a>, "We're like Oprah and Gayle. Only we're not denying anything."
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock
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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
"Oprah and Gayle" are names that have practically become synonymous with "female friendship." <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/inspirationreport/2011/01/oprah-on-friendship-everbody-needs-a-gayle.html#ixzz2WaN3aSEv" target="_blank">Oprah has said</a> of their friendship: "I wish every person on earth to experience somebody to care for them and to know them in such a way that they only want the best for you… When you become famous...a lot of people lose oxygen and they can’t make the summit with you. [It's good] to be able to have somebody who not only can make the summit, but stand at the summit with you and rejoices in your being able to make it.”
Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep
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