QotD: First Celebrity Crush

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Submitted by Glory.

Diana Ross. It wasn't a romantic crush, but it was a crush all the same. The first full-length, LP record I bought was Diana Ross' Diana, when I was in third grade. I played it over and over again. If "Upside Down" came on my clock radio, I would blast it to the point of fuzziness and incomprehensibility. My parents let me stay up late to see her live special on TV — she opened the show marching and strutting around the stage in a long, white fur coat, singing "I'm Comin' Out." That would've been in 1981.  My grade school friends still remember — and tease me about — my Diana Ross obsession. I still think it's a great album. But my celebrity crush would probably be Cate Blanchett. Or Gael Garcia Bernal.

I feel I should say that Diana was a bigger crush than my fleeting interest in Shawn Cassidy, consummated through my parents gift of a jigsaw puzzle of him and my friend Susan's record where he sings "Alligator Rock." We were 5 then.

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