I have decided that Catherine the Great and I probably would have been pretty good friends.
a) She had great taste.
Her palace called Tsarskoe Selo (or now known as Pushkin) is an incredible piece of architecture and landscaping. A small lake and island in the middle is perfect to make a gorgeous hunk row you across. The fabulous marble staircase makes a perfect makeout spot and the palace itself lets you worship your own success.
b) She overthrew her husband
With quotes like "I believe the Crown of Russia attracted me more than his person", how can you not love that in an 18th century woman
c) She had lovers, lots of lovers
Potemkin, Orlov, Zubov - and those are just the names I recognize. She had heaps of lovers, some poets, some military generals and others just darn sexy.
I'm not saying I'd want to be her, but man I'd love to hear her gossip.