Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Unlikely Crushes

A few days ago, my wife Kim was running my stepdaughter to her guitar lesson at the Old Town School of Folk Music, near our home, when she spotted actor/musician Jeff Daniels parking his own tour bus (apparently he's also a musician). She confessed to thinking he was a hunk, diplomatically claiming she found me hunkier (that's all right dear-- I've seen him in Gettysburg-- I could never grow a mustache like that), but I can't blame her-- he's a good-looking, smart guy who's been in many of my favorite movies-- Something Wild, Gettysburg and even, improbably, RV, a Yen family favorite.

One of my favorite bloggers, Kristi, has posted about unusual crushes a couple of times. My favorite of hers is Michael Chiklis

I was thinking about some of my celebrity crushes over the years, and it occurred to me that some of them were a little unconventional. I remember watching Diana Rigg in The Avengers on my family's big old black and white Zenith television when I was 6 or 7 and having feelings I really wouldn't understand until 7 or 8 years later, when I was a teenager. It must have been those leather slacks-- I had similar feelings toward Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt in their Catwoman get-ups on the Batman show.

On the opposite end, though, my most unusual childhood celebrity crush was Jane Goodall-- yes, that Jane Goodall. The one that worked with the chimpanzees.

I grew up in what we educators call a "literature-rich environment." My parents bought us encyclopedias before we could read. They subscribed to newspapers, Time Magazine (back then Time was not just a big fluff piece), Reader's Digest-- and National Geographic magazines and books. Jane Goodall made frequent appearances in those. She had pretty eyes and blonde hair and just exuded intelligence. I just thought she was a fox. While the other boys were looking for the pictures of the topless African and South American native women, I was gazing at my beloved Jane.

Smart, blonde and older than me... hmmmmm. Maybe that explains my crush on Geraldine Ferraro in the eighties...


Spooney said...

Dude, I'm right there with you on Dianna Rigg & Julie Newmar. I had adolescent wood for both of them.

Danielle said...

Gene Wilder. I love hair. Curly, unusual, thick, dreads.

Jane Goodall is attractive in a Audrey Hepburn sort of way.

As always...

Bubs said...

Same here with Julie Newmar...hubba. Another early celebrity crush was Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams. And Ann Margret.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I so wanted to be Diana Rigg when I was a kid. When I finally got a body suit in the 70s, I used to jump around my bedroom in it, pretending to karate chop random enemies.

Erik Donald France said...

Diana Rigg, Julie Newmar, Earth Kitt -- all cool, crush city. Not far from them to Angelique on Dark Shadows, and of course, Debbie Harry and on and on and on. . .

cheer34 said...

I am not good at remembering names but I had the biggest crush on the dark hair guy on Adam-12.

For some reason I liked Hoss on the Ponderosa too.

cheer34 said...

here it is! Adam 12

Thank you Youtube!

GETkristiLOVE said...

Yeah, yeah, but Christie Love can kick Emma Peel's ass. No doubt about it.

I like Goodall as the unlikely choice.

Spooney said...

vikkitikkitavi said...
I so wanted to be Diana Rigg when I was a kid. When I finally got a body suit in the 70s, I used to jump around my bedroom in it, pretending to karate chop random enemies.

Baby, You don't happen to still have that suit do you? ;)

busterp said...

Emma was tops in her day. She still looks OK if you squint on PBS's Mystery.

Also, Beaver's teacher, Miss Landers, was hot.

And in the crooked - sensitive eye category, Lois Nettleton (lots of Twilight Zones) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm's mom) who actually looked hot in the 1988 remake of "D.O.A."

Yes, I know Meg Ryan was in it too (D.O.A) but that is not an unlikely crush. Ha.

By the way, D.O.A was impossible to find for many years. I think it is out on DVD. Also, Meg's future hubby, Dennis Quaid (similiar in my opinion to earlier mentioned Jeff Daniels) was the star of it.

Splotchy said...

I can't for the life me think of an unlikely crush.

Tina Louise for me, which is not that unusual, I reckon.

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kim said...

You know, I have been told I have an Emma Peel quality.

Why are you talking about other women?!

Beth said...

Hell, I'd still like to be Diana Rigg.

MacGuffin said...

Hmmm, while not unusual, I had huge crushes as a young boy on Jaclyn Smith, Rachel Ward, Jane Seymour, and the most embarrassing one somehow, Olivia Newton-John. Oh, and Emma Peel of course, er, I mean Diana Rigg.

Elizabeth said...

Emma Peel was an early childhood hero of mine. Classy!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I was thinking of doing a pictorial history of my movie crushes.

I am so with you on Jane Goodall. Always have been. I think I blog as a monkey just so I can put pictures of her on my blog. Along those lines as well, I crush on Francis Sternhagen as well. Sue me, I dig GILFs.

Johnny Yen said...

I think they twisted our generation, didn't they. But in a good way.

Kim loves Gene Wilder too. Did you know he turned 74 a couple of weeks ago?

"In an Audrey Hepburn sort of way..." Yes, I think that's a good way to put it.

I didn't discover Ann Margaret until later-- I think I saw her in Life Magazine. I can see what Elvis saw in her.

She was way-cool, wasn't she?

I saw part of the Uma Thurman movie recently. She is so not Diana Rigg.

I'm betting that you, along with every other guy of our generation had a thing for Chrissie Hynde, too.

That was Kent McCord. I loved that show. And Dan Blocker was the actor who played Hoss. His son Dirk, who looked just like him, was on "Baa Baa Black Sheep."

Well, did she?

Yes, I saw her in an ad for a play in the New York Times, and still found her hot.

I thought Barbara Billingsley (Mrs. Cleaver) looked pretty damned good in her spoof cameo in "Airplane."

Actually, that is unusual-- every other guy I know (including myself) found Mary Ann much hotter, which I think is unusual.

There's a story about an interaction between Iggy Pop and Tina Louise (Ginger) in a Hollywood bar in Iggy's bad old days. Since my father-in-law and kids read this blog, I can't relate it in it's entirety here.

Two words: "Brad Pitt."

Yeah, she's aged well, hasn't she?

I don't blame you on Olivia Newton-John-- she was pretty. As long as she doesn't sing.

She was the bomb, wasn't she?

Dr. Monkerstein-
I like that idea!

When you mentioned Francis Sternhagen, it reminded me of how hot Mary Steenbergen is, as well.

Frank Sirmarco said...

I am SO with you on Diana Rigg.