Friday, May 19, 2006

Obscure Celebrity Crushes of My Youth

Farrah Fawcett, Bo Derek, Pamela Anderson, Christie Brinkley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, there's a long list of celebrities that held the male population enthralled. Growing up, my celebrity crushes were not what you would consider top bill actresses. I don't know why I picked these women over the hottest trend in celebrity crushes. Maybe it was because they appeared more attainable. Maybe it's because I lean toward brunettes while blondes are usually the entertainment world's taste. Maybe I prefer classic over bombshell. I don't know. Anyway, here are some that came to mind when I first posed this question.

First of all, how great was Remote Control? Second, why couldn't anyone win the final round? Did they purposefully pick people that never watched MTV? Third, who could've predicted Adam Sandler would be the breakout star from that show. My money was on Kari Wuhrer. Sure, Colin Quinn had that devil may care Irish attitude going on, but Denis Leary kind of put his whole stamp on that already. Ms. Wuhrer though had spunk and the looks, and the smile. Oh how I enjoyed her Kondensed Klassics. Yes, Ms. Wuhrer you went on and did other things like a few Skinemax movies, but I will always though think of you as the Remote Control girl. Yes, you were part of the reason I saw Eight Legged Freaks in the theater. No, Arquette wasn't the other reason.

I only remember Lucy Deakins from The Great Outdoors. She was the semi-bad townie girl that the son fell in love with. I think she was also in Little Nikita. I could be wrong though.

Wow, do you see a pattern here? Jean Louisa Kelly first registered with my teenage crush when she appeared in Uncle Buck. Man, that's two Candy movies. Weird. Anyway, Ms. Kelly has actually gone on to do many other things, which has led her to be in my top ten of celebrity crushes. She tempted Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland's Opus. She was the AT&T girl during my grad years. And now she's in that awful sitcom "Yes Dear." I admit now I did actually watch the first few episodes. The odd thing was that I met a girl in grad school that kind of looked like her, but that's a whole other post that will never see the light of day.

I know all the guys drooled over Kelly in "Saved By The Bell." They were all wrong. Lark Voorhies who played Lisa was clearly the babe of the three even with her big hair.

Kerri Green, you nearly died trying to find an old pirate ship in Goonies. Then you nearly got Corey Haim killed in Lucas as he tried to prove his was worthy of your love. Why does death surround you so? Also, I did an IMDB check on her, and she was in "Summer Rental." That's three Candy movies. Look, I'm as bewildered as you are. I don't know what it means.

Has neon blue ever looked so attractive? Why would you want to leave the computer world when Cindy Morgan was in it? I would also like to point out that this crush began with Tron. It wasn't till much later that I saw Caddyshack. I wasn't allowed to watch the 'R' movies back then.

Amanda Peterson, what ever happened to you? Anyway, I completely understood why Ronald "rented" you. I would've given up my comic book collection for you. Ok, the whole "rented" part is just now creeping me out, and I've seen the movie quite a few times. Also, this is one of those movies that led me to believe the nerd could get the girl by doing things that while cute in movie land are actually creepy in real life. I still have some emotional scars thanks to Dempsey.

So, there are some of them, and I'm certain my siblings will remind me of the ones I missed.


Lindsay A. said...

Lucy was Milly in the boy who could movie ever...duh!!!

Ben said...

Jaime and I are debating the merits of the Boy Who Could Fly vs. the Flight of the Navigator. They both came out at the same time. Jaime went for the Boy Who Could Fly, I of course vote for Flight of the Navigator (how can you go wrong with a movie that had a Twisted Sister music video in it?).

I would also like to express my admiration for your openness and honesty with these picks. Especially Lark Voorhies. I hadn't even realized she was in Saved By The Bell--I was too busy looking at Kelly. Was it because you could relate to Screech's unrequited love?

Lindsay A. said...

ben--that is a good debate....I am a fan of alien type things so I am baffled because both movies sort of hint on the unknown alien-y aspect....that is one to ponder

Bradford said...

I don't know how I could've forgotten Boy Who Could Fly. That's an inexcusable error on my part. As for the Navigator vs. Flying Boy debate, I think I'm leaning toward the flying boy. It's close though. I think the concept of being able to fly without a spaceship is what puts it over the top. Well, that and Lucy.

kerri said...

i actually really like 'yes dear'. the main guy reminds me alot of mol jr. and there's a brilliant one that plays off of 'the usual suspects'. i remember thinking that it was most creative sit come episode i've ever seen. i'm with you on jean.. i've had a girl crush on her since mr. holland's opus.

Bradford said...

I also forgot to mention that Jean had a great guest spot on Homicide.

Jaime said...

I'd like to take the opportunity to express my utter hatred for Mr. Holland's Opus. That movie stole several hours of my life and I will never forgive Richard Dreyfuss.

Thank you.