February 25, 2006

80's Crush Of The Week

This week's 80's Crush is: Lynda Carter

Birth Name: Linda Jean Cordova Carter
Birth Date: 7/24/51
Age Today: 54
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ


80's Crush Because: This one is a stretch as an "80's Crush" because the TV show that made me fall for her, "Wonder Woman", ended in 1979. But simply put, she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen and the fact that she also starred in a short-lived TV series with blonde hottie, Loni Anderson, called "Partners In Crime" helps make her "80's-certifiable".


Other Notable Roles: Lynda starred as Rita Hayworth in a TV bio-pic about the classic actress which was subtitled "The Love Goddess". She spent the rest of the 80's and the 1990's doing other made-for-TV movies as well as some guest spots on various TV shows.


Most Recent Media Appearance: This past year, Lynda appeared on an episode of "Law & Order" and adorned the big screen in "The Dukes Of Hazzard" and "Sky High". In this last film, she had a funny line: "There is absolutely nothing more I can do for you. I'm not Wonder Woman you know."


Distinguishing Feature: Aside from the obvious, Lynda has dreamy light blue eyes. As a spokeswoman for Lens Express, she appeared in commericals for the contact lens manufacturer from 1992-2000 with the tagline "I wouldn't trust these baby blues to just anyone."


Career Moment She'd Probably Like To Forget: While appearing on "Battle of the Network Stars" in 1976, she poured champagne over the head of host Howard Cosell after her team won the tug of war contest not knowing he had a hairpiece. Cosell wasn't very happy about it.


Interesting Factoids: Lynda won the Miss World USA beauty contest in 1972 and she performed most of her own stunts as Wonder Woman. She once auditioned for the role of Capt. Kathryn Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager". Lynda is also a singer and released an album in 1978 entitled "Portrait".


Still Crushin'?: I don't think I'll ever stop.

Crush Meter: 10 out of 10

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February 18, 2006

80's Crush Of The Week

This week's 80's Crush is: Kim Basinger

Birth Name: Kimila Ann Basinger
Birth Date: 12/8/53
Age Today: 52
Birthplace: Athens, GA


80's Crush Because: Kim first caught my eye in the 1983 non-franchise James Bond film, "Never Say Never Again" with Sean Connery. The film was a re-make of the 1965 film "Thunderball" and she played the role of Domino, which was played by French actress Claudine Auger in the original. She went on to sizzle the screen in the erotic "9 1/2 Weeks" and her "breakout" role came in 1989 when she starred in the first "Batman" film. She was hired at the last minute to replace Sean Young for the role of Vicki Vale.


Other Notable Roles: Kim won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for her role in "L.A. Confidential", a part she almost didn't take because she was tired of playing prostitutes. In fact, the award makes her the first woman to win an Oscar after having posed in "Playboy" magazine.


Most Recent Media Appearance: The 2004 film, Cellular. She played a kidnapped woman who manages to contact an unsuspecting stranger via her cell phone with a dying battery. The catch? She has no idea where she is being held.

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First Real Acting Gig: Kim did a guest starring role in a episode from the first season of "Charlie's Angels" where the angels find themselves in an all-woman prison. I'd love to go back and watch that one on DVD!


Career Moment She'd Probably Like To Forget: The not-so-funny 1988 Dan Aykroyd comedy "My Stepmother Is An Alien". Guess who she played?.


Interesting Factoids: Kim suffers from agoraphobia (the fear of wide-open spaces), is a vegetarian and, in addition to her German, Swedish and Irish ancestry, is 1/8th Cherokee Indian by way of her grandmother. And, for the record, it's pronounced BAY-sing -ger with a hard "g" (like in "schwing").


Still Crushin'?: Yes, even at 52 Kim still projects the youthful radiance and winning smile that made me wish I was Batman.

Crush Meter: 9 out of 10

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February 11, 2006

80's Crush Of The Week

This week's 80's Crush is: Daphne Zuniga

Birth Name: Daphne Eurydice Zuniga
Birth Date: 10/28/62
Age Today: 43
Birthplace: Berkeley, CA

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80's Crush Because: In 1985, she was the obsessive-compulsive but endearingly sweet Alison Bradbury in "The Sure Thing", which I would call the ultimate date movie. And two years later, she earned her comedic chops in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud Star Wars parody "Space Balls" as Vespa, the Druish Princess. And the schwartz was with her.

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Other Notable Roles: Starred on the Spelling-soap "Melrose Place" from 1992-1996. Fortunately, she left the show before it started to get really bizarre. She also did a couple of guest spots on "Family Ties" as Rachel Miller. I particularly remember that because of her resemblence to Justine Bateman. Whenever I saw the two actresses in the same scene I had to do a double-take.

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Most Recent Media Appearance: Daphne is currently on the TV show "Beautiful People" on the ABC Family network.

Distinguishing Feature: Film critic Leonard Maltin describes her as an "appealing brunette whose distinctive face conveys maturity and youthful sultriness equally well." She definitely has that smoldering, sexy look covered, but I adore that peevish "you're an a-hole!" facial expression that she perfected as early as "The Sure Thing".

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Career Moment She'd Probably Like To Forget: Here first feature-film. A 1982 slasher flick called "The Dorm That Dripped Blood". The tagline for that one was "When The Kidding StopsÂ…The Killing Starts!" Ugh.

Interesting Factoids: She once shared a house with Meg Ryan when they were both struggling actresses. Daphne was once a victim of mercury poisoning that required her to eat fish on a daily basis. She also rides a Harley and has a navel piercing (see below).

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Still Crushin'?: Yes, sir. And I find it ironic that when she was younger she looked older than her real age but now that she is older, she looks young for her age.

Crush Meter: 8 out of 10

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February 04, 2006

80's Crush Of The Week

This week's 80's Crush is: Kathleen Turner

Birth Name: Mary Kathleen Turner
Birth Date: 6/19/54
Age Today: 51
Birthplace: Springfield, MO

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80's Crush Because: She stole my heart as naive but sexy romance writer Joan Wilder opposite Michael Douglas in the Indiana Jones-inspired "Romancing the Stone". But her torrid role in "Body Heat" as Matty Walker made me thank God for cable TV. Kathleen oozed sex and once said in an interview with Empire magazine: "on a night when I feel really good about myself, I can walk into a room, and if a man doesn't look at me he's probably gay". Amen.

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Other Notable Roles: In addition to reprising her Joan Wilder character in "Jewel of the Nile", Kathleen earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in "Peggy Sue Got Married" and starred in "Prizzi's Honor", "The Accidental Tourist" and re-teamed with Michael Douglas for the black comedy "The War of the Roses". In the Nineties, most of her appearances were in less successful films and she even made a few infamous guest appearances on popular TV shows. Who can forget her as Chandler's hot "dad" on "Friends"?

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Most Recent Media Appearance: She is currently starring in a production of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" in London.

Distinguishing Feature: Deep, sultry voice. The reason I have to admit being aroused by Jessica Rabbit. She also had a striking resemblence to classic film actress Lauren Bacall.

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Interesting Factoids: A daughter of diplomat Richard Turner, Kathleen spent her youth living in Cuba, Venzuela and England and is fluent is spanish. She was fired from the soap opera "The Doctors" in 1978 because the producers thought she wasn't sexy enough. Brilliant move there.

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Still Crushin'?: Unfortunately no. Life has been a little rough for Kathleen. She has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since 1992. In 1999, she went into rehab for alcohol treatment. The hard livin' and the steroids to treat her arthritis have taken a toll.

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Crush Meter: 8 out of 10

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