Growing up there dozens and dozens of women that I would fall in and out of love with, and well, I've decided to blog about them. As I find this blog cathartic in many ways (from Gk. katharsis "purging, cleansing," from kathairein "to purify, purge," from katharsos "pure"), I find it nostalgically delicious (like Lucky Charms!) to revisit these pure, simple childhood crushes like - fading photographs in an old family album, scotch-tape stains and all.
Some you'll know, some probably not - but what binds them together (binds them together? There's a thought) for me is the doe-eyed adoration and dedication I showed to each of them. Natalie Wood will always be my hopeless "love" - but, there were many others. Here we go then, the first in a long list of posts I will call... "Girls I was Ga-Ga Over". I'm not crazy about that, too cutesy for me, but I like the alliteration.
Who to start with? I'll dig deep into the "girls I was ga-ga over" bag and pull out (fellow Michigander) ROYA MEGNOT. Oh My my. I was about 14 or 15 when I first encountered cow-eyed, pouty Roya. I fell instantly and madly in love. Roya Megnot is essentially a hybrid/fusion of Phoebe Cates and Jessica Alba and, in a word, gorgeous! I found Roya on ABC's daytime soap "Loving" where she played, wait for it...Ava Rescott Forbes Alden Masters (I think she even married a few more times). Of course, when I found lovely Roya she was still portraying Ava Rescott - pre-social latter climbing, gold-digging, merciless, cunning, manipulative bitch. Oh, she was still a bitch, just a relatively inexperienced one.
Early on, Ava portrayed the archetypal under privileged girl from the wrong side of the tracks, determined to marry rich, plot, scheme, get knocked-up or fake pregnancies, trap men, bloat her bank account, etc. And later on? Well, she merely got good at it. Essentially, I developed a weakness for the mean (but hot) tramp. Roya excelled at it, I mean she was good. At any rate, some other actress replaced her and the public really embraced the new "Ava" while I thought she was a poor substitute (at best).
There is very little on the net on Roya. I've seen jut about everything on her page at imdb which is deceptive, it's a short list of credits (mainly Loving and other television shows) which does not adequately address the demands that are made on a working actor on a daytime soap, which air daily. Pity that her career ends abruptly in the early to mid 90s - I imagine she married and started a family. I love her in the third season of Tales From The Crypt - where she plays a sympathetic love interest to tortured "artist" Tim Roth in "Easel Kill Ya" episode 8, 1991 - fantastic.
I'd love to see her return to the entertainment industry. I imagine she's as lovely and graceful as ever. In the meantime, there's really nothing to do, Loving is not in syndication - perhaps in Europe, I recall seeing some re-runs last time I was in Spain and France, but they were re-runs of the OTHER AVA. I've got the Third Season of Tales From The Crypt - so I can always throw on "Easel Kill Ya" and re-live old crushes. I'll try and alternate the "Gone to Bed" series of posts with the "Girls I'm Ga-Ga Over" posts. Of course, those two concepts frequently intersect when I go to bed to films with girls I was/am ga-ga over. Cheers.