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3Jun/1011

Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Crushes From My Childhood: Kelly Preston


#10 - Jennifer Connelly

#9 - Christina Applegate

#8 - Robin Wright

#7 - Paula Abdul













1—Kelly Preston (Space Camp, Twins):
The first time I ever crushed on Kelly Preston
was when she played Tish in Space Camp. Admittedly, I was more focused at the time
on Lea Thompson, but I dug Tish, too. In their only head-to-head matchup, it's true that Kelly
Preston was out-hotted by Lea Thompson in Space Camp. However, that battle was unfair
for two reasons. First, I was biased and all about Lea Thompson going into the film;
I had been watching her for years in Back to the Future and never even heard of
Kelly Preston. Second, and more importantly, Preston had permed hair. I hated perms.
Probably 99% of the girls in my school at the time had perms and I absolutely despised
it. If Lea Thompson had permed hair and Kelly Preston had straight hair in that
movie, then I have to believe that I would have gone with Preston as the hottest—although
both would have easily been crush-worthy. Stupid perms. I was so happy when that
fad ended and all the girls went to straight hair in the early 90’s. It was good.
Then Jennifer Aniston went and ruined women’s hair again in the late 90’s with her
dumb hair cut that everyone copied.

Up until 1988, Kelly Preston was on my list solely for her role in Space Camp,
but
I was still all about Lea Thompson. Then came the movie, Twins. Kelly Preston’s
hotness hit me a Mike Tyson uppercut in Nintendo’s Punch-Out. Lea Thompson, immediately
and forever, was knocked out of the #1 slot, which Kelly Preston would occupy well
into my college days. I can still watch Twins and have a few “whoa” moments. Hotel
scene, Kelly Preston in lingerie: “Oh no! This bed is lumpy.”
Whoa. Check out
the video clip below.

2Jun/108

Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Crushes From My Childhood: Phoebe Cates


#10 - Jennifer Connelly

#9 - Christina Applegate

#8 - Robin Wright

#7 - Paula Abdul













2—Phoebe Cates (Gremlins, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred):

I am incredibly
tempted to lie and say that this is all because of the infamous, bikini-dropping,
pool scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It certainly makes for more titillating
fare. Unfortunately, I’m a terrible liar. Here’s a confession: I never saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High until I got the DVD my junior year in college. Had I seen
that movie at some point as a kid, I am confident that this Biggest Childhood Crushes
List would have Phoebe Cates at #1. Not only does it have the scene mentioned, but
she is completely at her hottest throughout the entire film. Phoebe Cates was never
my #1 crush as a child whereas many already mentioned on this list were at some
point. However, she was #2 for most of my childhood. “The girl from the Gremlins
was the ace in my sleeve for my friends’ debates of hot chicks. It’s only fitting
that she’s #2 here.

Outside of Annie (1982) and Superman III (1983), one of my earliest memories of
going to a movie theater was seeing Gremlins in 1984. I remember wanting nothing
more than my own personal Gizmo to water and feed KFC to after midnight. As a 6
year old, Gizmo was my primary focus, but I was entranced every time Kate, played
by Phoebe Cates, showed up on screen. I had the tape after it came out on VHS, but
the movie creeped me out for a few years. Still I braved the inevitable nightmares
of Stripe eating me for two reasons: to imagine finding my own pet mogwai and to
eagerly watch for the lovely Phoebe Cates to pop up on the screen.

27May/106

Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Crushes From My Childhood: Alyssa Milano


#10 - Jennifer Connelly

#9 - Christina Applegate

#8 - Robin Wright

#7 - Paula Abdul













4—Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss?)
: While the previous two lovely ladies were from
personal favorite television shows and movies, Alyssa Milano starred on the absolutely
horrible 80’s sitcom Who’s the Boss?.
Yes, it’s true; Who’s the Boss? sucked and
had nothing on its chief rival: the vastly superior, cooler, and funnier Growing Pains. Wednesday nights in the late 80’s were couch potato awesomeness with Growing
Pains, Head of the Class,

and Wonder Years. Tuesdays, on the other hand, reeked
of raw suckage with
Who’s the Boss? and Roseanne. I could have been playing Nintendo
games, yet I religiously watched Who’s the Boss? every single week. Why? Because
of Sam.

25May/109

Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Crushes From My Childhood: Tamlyn Tomita


#10 - Jennifer Connelly

#9 - Christina Applegate

#8 - Robin Wright

#7 - Paula Abdul












5—Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid II): I was, and still am, an avid Karate
Kid

fan. To this day, I sit down and take in a Karate Kid movie every few months. As
a kid, that was more like every few days. To me, these films—especially the first
two—are timeless and never get old. I always had one problem with the first Karate Kid, though. I didn’t get what Daniel saw in “Ali with an i.” Oh sure, Elizabeth
Shue somehow went and became all hot by the mid-90’s (Leaving
Las Vegas
and The Saint. Whoa!), but in the 80’s she was not that great. I never understood why Daniel
would go through all the pain and agony that came with dating Ali. But the movie
was awesome and watching Johnny get crane kicked in the face never got old, so I
turned a blind eye to the fact that I never bought into Ali. Karate Kid, up until
the release of Part II in 1986, was all about the fighting for me. How things would
soon change.

In the mid-80’s, I really into fighting, wrestling, and martial arts—still am. I
took Tae Kwon Do classes because of Karate Kid and The Last Dragon.
My friends and
I re-enacted all the fight scenes from the movies. We played with shurikens and
nunchakus and, by some act of God, never seriously hurt ourselves. The holy grail
of my 3rd and 4th grade existence was a full blown ninja outfit. I begged and pleaded
my case, but my parents knew better than to buy me one. To compensate for our lack
of proper attire, my friends and I used to tie black t-shirts over our faces to
look like ninja masks and go wreak havoc in the neighborhood.

24May/107

Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Crushes From My Childhood: Danica McKellar


#10 - Jennifer Connelly

#9 - Christina Applegate

#8 - Robin Wright

#7 - Paula Abdul













6—Danica McKellar (Wonder Years):
It was almost obligatory for every guy my age
to have had a crush on Winnie Cooper. She’s an odd choice. Danica McKellar was hardly
the most gorgeous girl on television at the time. However, as boys similar in age
to Kevin Arnold, we all connected with his plight to win the heart of Winnie Cooper.
It’s simple really: because Kevin had such a huge crush on Winnie, we did, too.
As such, any list naming the biggest crushes a child of the 80’s had simply HAS
to include Winnie Cooper—it’s mandatory. If it’s not already a law, it should be.

I make it sound like this is a throwaway entry; as if I am obliged to have Danica
McKellar on the list. Hardly. I had an enormous crush on her, especially when the
series debuted back in 1988. I remember The Wonder Years debut like it was yesterday.
My mom was fast asleep, after becoming bored by the Redskins’ easy victory over
the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. Following the Super Bowl, ABC aired the first episode
of The Wonder Years. I shared the experience of this debut alone with my dad and
we were absolutely mesmerized by the show.