Boyhood Crush Confessions

We all go through it. That time in our young lives when suddenly members of the opposite sex aren’t so “icky”, and are actually kinda neat. We develop crushes on those we see around us, and like so many boys my age, many of my first crushes came from television. Inspired by a series of tweets between friends, I give you the confessions of my first infatuations. I’m willing to bet that if you were a boy growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, then at least one of these leading ladies made your heart go pitter-patter too.

Being a geek, I grew up watching lots of sci-fi stuff, and as such, you may notice some running themes. There always seemed to be lots of cute girls who were getting lost in space or saving the universe. Needless to say I was doomed from the get-go. I hope you enjoy this tiny peek inside my psyche and don’t forget to visit the other bloggers who had the courage to take the crush plunge. A list of their favorites follows. Enjoy!

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Kathy Coleman

as Holly Marshall

Those pigtails! That plaid shirt! Who could resist this darling tomboy who fell with her family through a dimensional warp and wound up “In the laaaaand of the lost, lost, lost!”? Kathy Coleman as Holly Marshall was the very first girl I think I fell in love with. She was always getting into trouble with those scary Sleestack but still somehow managed to cook dinner for her lame brother Will and pseudo-scientist father Rick. Holly was just the kind of girl I wished lived next door… if she wasn’t stuck in a parallel dimension. A few years back I bought the season 1 DVD of Land of the Lost and when I grabbed the screen caps for this post, the back of the box even proclaimed Kathy Coleman to be “many a young boy’s first crush”. I guess I was in good, and numerous company.

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Angela Cartwright

as Penny Robinson

Forget Judy, the older, blonder sister that everybody else went ga-ga over. Penny Robinson, played by Angela Cartwright for three seasons on Lost in Space, was the thinking boy’s girl Friday. Penny had it all, an annoying genius brother, a cool pet space-monkey named Debbie and a tendency to wear clothes made out of tinfoil. Unlike Holly Marshall though, Penny seemed to be firmly stuck in the awkward role of “middle child”. Not as young and adventurous as Will, and not as mature and good looking as Judy, Penny often got overlooked in Lost’s story lines. I always looked forward to the rare episodes involving Penny and her inevitable “damsel in distress” moments that were usually caused by Dr. Smith. You may remember Angela Cartwright from her memorable role as Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music, but she’ll always be Penny Robinson to me.

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Erin Gray

as Col. Wilma Deering

Holy cow! If ever there was a TV character that jump started boys into puberty, it was Colonel Wilma Deering, played by Erin Gray from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I was just 11 when this show started airing on NBC, but by the time it was cancelled three seasons later, I swear I was 18. Wilma’s infamous satin costumes were an obvious ploy to lure male viewers, and judging from my inability to remember much other than Erin Gray and Twiki, I’d say it worked. You have to give credit to Gray for playing the role with such strength and grace, despite the shiny blue and purple fan service the producers served up week to week. Amazingly enough, Gray’s appeal was even strong enough to lure legions of viewers to the comedic train wreck that was Silver Spoons. She was also in the final running for the role of Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager, which had another satin clad beauty you may remember.

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Yvonne Craig

as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Brought in to raise sinking ratings, the character of Batgirl, played with enthusiastic crime fighting vigor by Yvonne Craig, stole my heart from the get go. I’m not sure if it was the flowing red hair under that super cool bat cowl, or the secret Batcycle she had stored in her one bedroom apartment, but Barbara Gordon drove me Batcrazy. Craig’s portrayal of the hero gave girls a new, strong role model and gave boys, like myself, heartaches for years to come. Batgirl always seemed to be getting into trouble too, which was just fine with me. I remember watching the episode where Batman and Robin get tied up into a Siamese human knot with Batgirl and thinking “What a great way to die!” Holy “involuntary muscular contractions” Batman!

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Carrie Fisher

as Princess Leia Organa

Don’t try and deny it, you probably had a crush on Princess Leia too. Who didn’t for God’s sake? How could we help it anyway? The character of Leia Organa came bursting off the screen in 1977’s mega-hit Star Wars and young boy’s lives would never be the same. Ask most guys what comes to mind when they think of Princess Leia and they’ll probably say “Bikini Leia!” but Carrie Fisher had me swooning long before ROTJ. You gotta love a woman who orders the likes of Han Solo around and exclaims “Would someone please get this walking carpet out of my way?”. She even somehow managed to project authority while having two cinnamon buns strapped to her noggin. About the only thing wrong with Leia was her tendency to go for scoundrels instead of the squeaky clean farmer type boys. You could say that I fell squarely into the latter category, and so our “love” was doomed from the start. Then again, that’s probably a good thing since I would have turned out to be her brother. Yuck!!

Check out these blogger’s childhood crushes:

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  1. Ha! Nice to see you got Wilma up there as well. To my eternal shame, I’d completely forgotten about Batgirl

  2. A great list! I also forgot about Yvonne Craig. How?

    She wasn’t on every episode, but if you paid close attention, you’d sometimes see her Bat Cycle quickly shoot across the screen during the opening credits. My cousin and I would cheer, because that mean Bat Girl would appear in that episode.

    Ah, memories.

  3. I see, you liked women of the future in uniforms. 🙂

    Here are mine:

    3. Nena

    I dunno, must have been an 80s thing.

    2. Julia Stemberger

    She is from Vienna, and I did meet her one time in the metro, sitting accross from her. This was in the winter, and I was wearing a coat, and suddenly it was getting very, very hot…

    1. Sophie Marceau

    Good I never met her, I would not have survived that I think. 😀

  4. Great list! There sure were a lot of shiny fabrics back then. The material of the FUTURE must be reflective and skintight 😉

    I had to cut a few crushes from my list to narrow it down to five. This post was definitely as fun as the cross blog movie one. It’s great to see what other people picked!

  5. Holy feathered hair Ged! Those girls were hot 😉 I’m not even a guy, and geez!…Batgirls costume has left me speechless!

    Ah yes, the shiny spandex was such a hit.

    Loved reading your post and the male insight….I had tons of fun with my post too! Thanks a bunch 🙂

  6. Lisa,

    I don’t have a blogger account, so I’m posting my comments to you here instead.


    Michael York! That’s just fantastic. We can never say who we’ll find gives us goose bumps. Your comment about going to see Corvette Summer is about just the same as me watching Silver Spoons. At least Corvette Summer was only 2 hours long. I had to tune in each week!

    Thanks for joining in the fun, it definitely makes it easier and more light hearted when both men and women join in. I love getting insight into the female mind as well. THANKS!

  7. I must admit, you hit all 5 of my 70’s crushes on the head – I was born in 1968, so these were all of my favorites – only ones I would have to add would be Daisy Duke and the ladies from ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’.

  8. Yes, they were hot, especially Julie Newmar who played Catwoman…I’m a girl and hell, I had a crush on her!

  9. Those are good BUT here my top 5 (boyhood crush)
    #1-PENNY, Angela Cartwright (Lost in Space}
    #2-Emma Peel, Diana Rigg (The Avengers)
    #3-Mary Ann Summers, Dawn Wells. that’s right i don’t care what anyone says Mary Ann was HOTTER than Ginger (Gilligan’s Island)
    #4-Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter(T.V.series)
    #5-Barbara Romano, Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time)
    there you have it ,thanks for your time.

  10. i just noticed this, searching for batgirl since it’s halloween time . . i too had a huge crush on her.

    you know what i think played into it? the music they played every time she changed. it was sexy!

  11. Penny!!! How someone can forget her??!! She is annoying and amazingly sweet and cute. Well, for me now she is a child, but when I was a boy of 9y.o. I must admit that I felt a bit inlove with her. She was my 1st tv star that I loved, by her sweetness and tenderness. But I saw her first time in 1992, when the “Lost in Space” serie was retransmited in my country still as original in black/white tv format. She got me great moments of my childhood to remember in Tv, she is awesome and the best little girl in a famous role that I have seen.

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