And They Called It Puppy Love…

Young Love and Inappropriate Crushes.

A friend and I were discussing first loves recently and it got me thinking about how inappropriate my first loves were. I’m not talking about the flesh and bones of a real boy, but about early pashes of my girlhood.

Donny OsmondOne of my first crushes was Donny Osmond. I was going to marry him, you know. The fact that he was in Utah and I was in Scotland, he was Mormon and I was C of S, or that he was drop dead gorgeous and I was a less than attractive young girl never came into it. This was love in its purest form. I chose a purple carpet for my bedroom – that was Donny’s favourite colour, dontcha know – and wore purple dungarees. I listened to his music non-stop and *knew* he was singing to me. If you’re an adult they call this mental instability, but in a ten year old girl it’s considered cute. Hmm.

It was impossible to have a thing for Donny and the other young hottie of the time, David Cassidy; it had to be one or the other. The rivalry between the Donny and David camps was huge, a bit like the Blur/Oasis debacle but with screaming and hormones. Beiber Fever has got nothing on Osmondmania. To this day I remember that I sat in row T, seat 26 in the Glasgow Apollo when I went to see them. In fact, I’m sure I still have the ticket secreted away somewhere safe.

I grew older and away from the Osmonds and by the time I was at University I swithered between B.A. Robertson and Barry Manilow. Stop laughing! It was the music, honestly! You listen to Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again and tell me you don’t get shivers. And BA was tall, smart and Scottish. Of course my heart was his!

Cary GrantAround this time my total worship of Cary Grant started and that has endured to this day. Look at the photo: those eyes, those lips… OK, I’m back in the room. If you look in the dictionary you’ll see Cary Grant’s name against the definition for handsome.

More recent crushes which, I have been told are ‘odd’ have been Christopher Walken (the guy just oozes ‘cool’), Gabriel Byrne (especially in the film Stigmata) and Hannibal Lecter. Look, I explained this one before and you can read about it here.

Odd crushes seem to run in the family because my eighteen year old daughter has an enormous crush on Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. I kinda get it…

LiberaceI have left the strangest and oddest crush of all to the end. When I was a wee girl I went to piano lessons. I didn’t know of anybody else who played the piano apart from one man who was on TV a lot. He had his own show and appeared on sunday Night at the London Palladium almost as often as Bruce Forsythe. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my first love. Liberace.

Fabulous!

So, who are your inappropriate crushes? Please share them with me so I don’t feel quite so strange!

 

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28 Comments

  1. Margot Kinberg
    Sep 20, 2013

    Nettie – Liberace? Yeah, that never would have worked out, would it? But in all seriousness, I never mock those crushes. We all have them and I see nothing wrong with them. Something about those people draws us in, and they are at a safe distance, so you don’t have the messiness of a ‘real’ crush. No awkwardness. And you know what? Purple carpeting can be cool.

    • Nettie
      Sep 20, 2013

      Hmm – I don’t see you sharing yours, Margot! Fess up! LOL

  2. Margot Kinberg
    Sep 20, 2013

    Nettie – Liberace? Yeah, that never would have worked out, would it? But in all seriousness, I never mock those crushes. We all have them and I see nothing wrong with them. Something about those people draws us in, and they are at a safe distance, so you don’t have the messiness of a ‘real’ crush. No awkwardness. And you know what? Purple carpeting can be cool.

    • Nettie
      Sep 20, 2013

      Hmm – I don’t see you sharing yours, Margot! Fess up! LOL

  3. Margaret Morton Kirk
    Sep 20, 2013

    Christopher Lee. It was the voice. And the height. And the fangs. But mostly, the voice…

    • Nettie
      Sep 20, 2013

      Ooh, yes! Excellent choice. Christopher Lee was a proper sexy vampire! Thanks for sharing x

  4. Margaret Morton Kirk
    Sep 20, 2013

    Christopher Lee. It was the voice. And the height. And the fangs. But mostly, the voice…

    • Nettie
      Sep 20, 2013

      Ooh, yes! Excellent choice. Christopher Lee was a proper sexy vampire! Thanks for sharing x

  5. Anne Harvey
    Sep 20, 2013

    My first celebrity crush was Marlon Brando. I went to see the film ‘On The Waterfront’ every night for a week back in the 1950s. I couldn’t understand what the film was about though! On a lighter note, another crush was Russ Tamblyn, who was the youngest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and also in West Side Story. I was so enamoured with him I wrote a sort of a story around him, a pretty pathetic story really.

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      My 18 year old daughter has a bit of a thing for the young Brando too!

  6. Anne Harvey
    Sep 20, 2013

    My first celebrity crush was Marlon Brando. I went to see the film ‘On The Waterfront’ every night for a week back in the 1950s. I couldn’t understand what the film was about though! On a lighter note, another crush was Russ Tamblyn, who was the youngest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and also in West Side Story. I was so enamoured with him I wrote a sort of a story around him, a pretty pathetic story really.

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      My 18 year old daughter has a bit of a thing for the young Brando too!

  7. Ailsa Abraham
    Sep 21, 2013

    Peter Sarstedt … no I understand that nobody remembers him now but his song “Where do you go to, my lovely?” would break your heart when coupled with that enormous droopy mustache and smouldering eyes. I graduated to Cat Stephens and only went out with my first boyfriend because he was a dead-spit for Cat.
    http://youtu.be/jC6oa_zLUEE

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      I love that song too, Ailsa. And Cat Steven’s music, but the man never did anything for me – sorry x

  8. Ailsa Abraham
    Sep 21, 2013

    Peter Sarstedt … no I understand that nobody remembers him now but his song “Where do you go to, my lovely?” would break your heart when coupled with that enormous droopy mustache and smouldering eyes. I graduated to Cat Stephens and only went out with my first boyfriend because he was a dead-spit for Cat.
    http://youtu.be/jC6oa_zLUEE

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      I love that song too, Ailsa. And Cat Steven’s music, but the man never did anything for me – sorry x

  9. Abi Burlingham
    Sep 23, 2013

    Donald Sutherland. But before that, Peter Noon from Herman and the Hermits. And sandwiched between the too, Cliff Richard. Okay, I’m leaving the country now x

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      DOnald Sutherland now, I get. Let’s say he’s grown into his looks…?

      but Abi, Cliff Richard? *buys plane ticket for Abi*

  10. Abi Burlingham
    Sep 23, 2013

    Donald Sutherland. But before that, Peter Noon from Herman and the Hermits. And sandwiched between the too, Cliff Richard. Okay, I’m leaving the country now x

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      DOnald Sutherland now, I get. Let’s say he’s grown into his looks…?

      but Abi, Cliff Richard? *buys plane ticket for Abi*

  11. joskehan
    Sep 26, 2013

    When the Beatles first toured Sydney, my mother swooned over them and their music….she was in her 40s then (and very old to me), and she could not understand my love for Cliff Richard, Frankie Avalon and Dustin Hoffman!!
    Another huge crush of mine for a whole summer was Tab Hunter after I saw him in a movie over the holidays in his short white shorts and red sweater…..years later when I was in high school the captain of the rugby team appeared one day in our street dressed in white shorts and red T shirt and I was instantly in love! His name was Charles and we called him Chuck – we all tried so hard to be like the Americans in those days.
    Now, my major crushes are still Robert Redford and Richard Gere.
    It helps those tough days go by better when we can close our eyes for a minute and imagine life with one of our crushes…….bliss.

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      …. Sorry, I was miles away there in the arms of Nathan Fillion…

  12. joskehan
    Sep 26, 2013

    When the Beatles first toured Sydney, my mother swooned over them and their music….she was in her 40s then (and very old to me), and she could not understand my love for Cliff Richard, Frankie Avalon and Dustin Hoffman!!
    Another huge crush of mine for a whole summer was Tab Hunter after I saw him in a movie over the holidays in his short white shorts and red sweater…..years later when I was in high school the captain of the rugby team appeared one day in our street dressed in white shorts and red T shirt and I was instantly in love! His name was Charles and we called him Chuck – we all tried so hard to be like the Americans in those days.
    Now, my major crushes are still Robert Redford and Richard Gere.
    It helps those tough days go by better when we can close our eyes for a minute and imagine life with one of our crushes…….bliss.

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      …. Sorry, I was miles away there in the arms of Nathan Fillion…

  13. Di Horsfield
    Oct 31, 2013

    David Essex Those eyes and the voice and the smile mmmmm. Freddie Mercury, a crush that lasts to this day. No I have no idea why either but he had that ‘something’ about him. I could be lead astray by Christopher Walkden, Antonio Bandaras or Stephen Fry. I know, I’m weird!

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      Weird? Did you miss the LIberace bit above? LOL

  14. Di Horsfield
    Oct 31, 2013

    David Essex Those eyes and the voice and the smile mmmmm. Freddie Mercury, a crush that lasts to this day. No I have no idea why either but he had that ‘something’ about him. I could be lead astray by Christopher Walkden, Antonio Bandaras or Stephen Fry. I know, I’m weird!

    • Nettie
      Oct 31, 2013

      Weird? Did you miss the LIberace bit above? LOL

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