3—Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Space Camp, Some Kind of Wonderful,
Jaws 3D): My crush on Lea Thompson began with Back to the Future.
I loved that movie.
Who didn’t? The movie was pure awesomeness and the girl, Lorraine Baines, was stunningly
gorgeous. The first time I watched it, I remember being completely floored by the
hotness of the 1955 Lorraine. I was shocked by the fact that the hideous, worn down,
1985 Lorraine could be so gorgeous 30 years earlier. It goes without saying that
I watched Back to the Future endlessly. I never watched the Back to the Future sequels
as much, however. While the stories in the
Back to the Future sequels were great
and I wasted many hours in toy stores hunting for the fabled Mattel hoverboard,
those films never measured up to the original for one reason: Not enough hot Lea
A couple of years after Back to the Future, I saw Space Camp.
Unfortunately, I never
caught this one in the theater. I had never even heard of the movie when some charitable
friends of the family, who were known to copy a tape or two, gave me the videotape
thinking I would be all about it. Oh, charitable- friends-who-shall-remain-unnamed-so-the-FBI-doesn’t-bust-down-your-door,
how right you were. But for all the wrong reasons. I popped the Space Camp tape
into my VCR and minutes later, there was Lorraine once again on my TV, looking all
80’s modern-like and even hotter than in Back to the Future. I could barely contain
myself. I didn’t think this level of hotness was attainable and, for a year or two,
Lea Thompson was alone atop my personal, Top 10 Hottest Chicks list. For those who
don’t remember, Space Camp was a preposterous movie about a group of misfit NASA
Space Campers who accidently get launched into space (or was it on purpose? The
plot thickens). Even as a kid, I thought the story was ridiculous. The movie sucked
ass. But I still loved it because it involved space, NASA, and Lea Thompson. As
a 9 year old, that was my recipe for an instant classic.
Want to know why I watched Jaws 3D, Howard the Duck, and Some Kind of Wonderful
every time they appeared on cable TV? Lea Thompson. No other reason. Here’s a little
trivia for you: did you know that Lea Thompson’s co-star in Some Kind of Wonderful,
Eric Stoltz, was also supposed to co-star with her in Back to the Future
McFly? He was replaced a few weeks into shooting with the more animated Michael
J. Fox. Useless knowledge. I’m full of it.
Lea Thompson as the hot Lorraine in Back to the Future
Lea Thompson in Space Camp sucking on a Gobstopper maybe and talking to...someone.
After flying a biplane and spending a couple of days in Space Camp, flying the space
shuttle was a piece of cake.
Lea Thompson's signature scene was "parking." Here she is parking in some dude's
Lea Thompson talking all smarmy.
I still think the hair is hot
Got a pair of old-school 3D glasses? I don't and I'm curious what this scene
from Jaws 3D looks like.
Howard the Duck. Terrible movie. But it has Lea Thompson.
Where is she now?
In the early 90’s, Lea Thompson was making a career starring in old school remakes
such as The Beverly Hillbillies, Little Rascals, and Dennis the Menace.
starred in the sitcom Caroline in the City until 1999. Since then, Lea Thompson
has appeared in a bunch of made-for-TV movies on Hallmark and Lifetime that I have
never heard of. This year she starred in some movie called Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer, which I think went straight to video. I saw Lea Thompson live and
in person at a recent dork convention in Orlando. I’m not one for autographs, but
this one was very tempting. Not tempting enough to brave the hour-long wait, but
I did take in a good look as we walked by. Lea Thompson was obviously a bit older
than I remember her from Caroline in the City,
which was the last time I remember
seeing her on TV. She looked remarkably like the much better looking 1985 Lorraine
at the end of Back to the Future
after Marty McFly fixed everything—only thinner.
Caroline in the City.
Here's 2008 picture of her at a convention.