A recent photo from a Facebook friend reminded me as to how infatuated I was with Phoebe Cates.
I was in high school way back then and at the peak of puberty. It was 1982 and was at the house of a classmate for a Saturday movie. He popped in a tape in their Betamax player titled "Fast Times at Ridgemond High". It was the first time that I had a glimpse (Well, actually, that movie provided more than just a GLIMPSE, if you know what I mean.) of Phoebe Cates and I was instantly smitten! But more that Ms. Cate's extra show of skin, I was realy struck by her beauty---there was a unique quality to her that seemed to mesmerize me. And then I found out that she is half-Filipina! Man! Filipinas surely breed well with foreigners!
Phoebe Cates was neck and neck with another 80's beauty Brooke Shields as the ultimate poster girl of Recto. The internet was not yet IN during the 80's so instead of simply downloading pictures from the Web it was a side trip to Recto (Manila, Philippines) to buy 2 x 6 posters which I adorned my room with!
My very first Phoebe Cates poster.
Since I was still in the seminary that time and was away from my Phoebe posters most of the time, I made a Phoebe shrine out of my locker! That was how manic I was with her! Good thing she was far away, otherwise, I would have become a stalker too!-ha! ha!
My Phoebe shrine. (That eyeglass is huge!)
Right now, Phoebe Cates, who is married to actor Kevin Klein, is already 48 years old. It's either I have a serious eye problem or she's really a classic beauty to behold.
Phoebe in the 2010 Tony Awards.