Who's the ultimate girl-next-door of the '80s?
You won't have to work hard to recall their faces and performances. They dot every important movie of the decade.
In a couple weeks, Stuck in '80s will tackle The Top 10 Girls Next Door of the '80s for a new podcast. But in the meantime, of course, we want your suggestions on who should be on the list.
Some criteria: The girls next door should be cute, but not necessarily jaw-dropping beautiful (at least at first glance). They need that wholesome, innocent quality. And by all means, they shouldn't cause any unnecessary torture to us poor, helpless boys!
Add your own suggestions in the comments area. Here are five who make my list:
ANNABETH GISH: Oh, take your pick of girl-next-door movies with Annabeth. Mystic Pizza vs. Shag: The Movie. But wait -- don't forget her as Jon Cryer's forbidden high-school-aged lust object in Hiding Out!
PHOEBE CATES: You're thinking the bikini-busting vixen Phoebe from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but you're wrong. I'm thinking Phoebe from Gremlins. Okay, so she's classically beautiful, but she's hiding it behind a turtleneck sweater.
CATHERINE MARY STEWART: She toyed with poor Lance Guest in The Last Starfighter, but she's nobody's babydoll in Night of the Comet, which has the added bonus of having "Tommy" (Michael Bowen) from Valley Girl in the cast. "No other Val dude can touch me!"
DAPHNE ZUNIGA: She definitely has the New England preppy girl next door look down, especially with John Cusack in The Sure Thing. But don't forget her take as the lovesick school newspaper editor in Vision Quest or the too-dedicated med school student in Gross Anatomy. However, she loses girl-next-door points for being Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. ("Oh great. That's all we needed. A Druish princess.")
DIANE FRANKLIN: Oh no, not for Last American Virgin. "Karen" was evil! No, she scores for Better Off Dead! She has the market cornered on Camaro-fixing, ski-teaching, French-speaking girls next door. "I think all you need is a small taste of success, and you will find it suits you." Wow, she's practically the Tony Robbins of the '80s!
Okay, add your own picks and we'll get working on the ultimate ranking.