I'd like to take you back a couple of decades... to the 80s. The era of Boy George, lace ruffles and ankle boots, Cabbage Patch Kids, and the California Raisins. And some of the greatest movies of all time--including one of my all-time faves: Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Why, you may ask, is this my fave? Sure, Sarah Jessica Parker is a great goody-goody schoolgirl. Helen Hunt is an inspiring bad girl. And Jonathan Silverman and Shannen Doherty provide loads of laughs. But the highlight of the movie, for me, is Lee Montgomery. Who? Lee Montgomery.
You might not have ever heard of him. He started out as a child actor in the 70s, starring in The Million Dollar Duck, Runaway!, and an episode of Columbo. He had dozens of parts on classic 70s and 80s TV show before landing the role of Jeff Malene in Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Jeff is a tough, bad boy, working class kid who really knows how to dance. He gets paired up in the dance contest with good girl Janey (SJP) and, of course, eventually falls for her. Jeff has it all: a gorgeous smile, adorable dimples, a sarcastic sense of humor, a great behind, hunky arms, and (my must) dark brown curly hair. He even rides a motorcycle. Vroom, vroom. Oh yeah, he can dance, too.
But what happened to Lee? He made GJWTHF in 1985, a couple more movies in 1986-1988, and then... nothing! No more acting roles. So what has he been doing? Well, there's not a lot of info out there, but he's credited as the "Composer" on Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002) and Trespasses (2005). All I can say is, "Girls just want to have more Lee Montgomery!"
Growing Up Godly, Summer 2008
Dutton Children's Books
what I'm reading ... Murder of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty