Lithe. Lovely. Good actress, don’t you think?
Shall I mention how I felt when I realized she was my (now ex-) husband’s ideal of beauty, and yours truly is small in stature with chocolate eyes and hair, not to mention… booty?
Then again, when it comes to fantasy, do we yearn in our heads for what we take to our beds?
Some of us do.
My spouse was tall and dark; my type was tall and dark; I didn’t swoon over Robert Redford, though Moon Doggy (by way of James Darren) could take my girlish breath away… any day.
Even now (as when I was a teen), I will watch each scene with (tall, dark, delectable) Gregory Peck or Cary Grant, as they continue to enchant.
Ham(m) on Toast
Well, not exactly. But flashing forward to the present time, we Maddicts do consider this actor sublime – especially in the guise of our favorite conflicted hero: his slicked back hair, his once seemingly devil-may-care attitude, the set of his chin, those piercing (bedroom) eyes… that pocket square!
Is it any surprise this sixties cad of the ad world would ignite our womanly desires?
Real life Jon Hamm?
Presumably a fellow like any other, who aspires to a good (and normal?) life, though he inspires lust in his female fans. Still, I must I accept there are no plans in the offing to enable me to sample Ham(m) on Toast – and this, Hamm on Wry, no doubt the most I’ll ever get.
Can’t Have Grant? The Heck with Peck?
Whether he’s Philip Schuyler Green or Atticus Finch, he’d surely do in a pinch – and more! Happily, Gregory Peck still graces our screens with so many memorable scenes.
I will add that I still adore the one and only Cary Grant. In fact, I recall a dream I had some years back in which I embodied the Sophia role during their filming of Houseboat. This pair was (they say) an item at the time. So may I gloat? I was divine in my recreation of La Loren (in my own mind). Of course, that was “then” and this is now…
How we cherish our celebrities! But if I may be so bold – they are to us destinations for our fantasies tried on for size, wise though we are to keep our real world eyes on other balls. And yet, when any girl falls in love for the first time – the movie icon, the rock star, the bad boy – they are barometers against which we measure the not unsightly Mortal Guy. But is that fair?
Perhaps we hold comparisons too long, too tightly.
And when it seems we will never know a person of such charismatic sheen? And no, I don’t mean Charlie, but rather – no Grant, no Peck, no Hamm.
The Rush of a Crush
What purpose does a crush serve – other than paving the way for full-blown infatuation which we hope will not result in unrequited love?
Don’t we all know its highs, its bubbling grip, its butterflies – the inimitable throw-caution-to-the-wind craving for a piece of pie-in-the-sky? If you’re a teen, the crush becomes your training wheels for the adolescent art of mind and heart, and so would say Psychology Today as it describes the lessons of:
… identity crushes… romantic crushes… celebrity crushes…
Is it crushing that I am “me” – and there is no end to that evolutionary way of plucking elements of who I’d like to be – much more than style of hair, curvature of hip, the full and sensual pouting lip, the persuasive ways of a knowing gaze?
There is no screaming in my head for the Beatles or the Stones.
There are no moans of pleasure at the sight of a haunting heart throb of my dewier past.
Instead, I choose a rich repast of finer and yet sturdier stuff: I savor the bright crush of real life appreciation – for all brave and brash spirits who fight daunting odds for the good cause, for those who labor over words so we may delight at our leisure in their breathtaking books, for those whose talent and smarts outshine looks of any style.
This is as likely to be the author, Philip Roth, who gave us “The Human Stain,” or actor William H. Macy with his half-cocked smile, and lucky me – he visits in my nights of decadent dreaming, in a flash flood of green rain.
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Michelle Pfeiffer image, 2007, Wiki, Creative Commons License 2.0.
Image of Jon Hamm, Michael Yarish / AMCTV.com.
William H. Macy, Wiki, Public Domain
Gregory Peck, Wiki, Public Domain