My Irrational Celebrity Love
1. Cher because she's FU*KING CHER!
"I've had the same cheeks my entire life. No butt lifts. No ribs removed ... If I want to put my tits on my back, it's nobody's business but my own."
Cher is, and always has been, her own person. She's going to do what she wants, when she wants, and she does not care what you think. I love the way she dresses, and when she was Oscar nominated for Silkwood, I wanted her to win just so I could see what she was wearing.
2. Dolly Parton
And not just because she entered, and lost, a Dolly Parton Drag Queen contest. She lifted herself out of poverty and then turned around and created employment for the people she grew up around. Dolly has a foundation that gives books to children. The first book they all receive is The Little Engine That Could.
While that's nice and all, my irrational love comes from who she appears to be in interviews: Whip smart, sincere, and fun. How anyone can be simultaneously so plastic and so real is beyond me, but I love her for it.
Buffy Summers Bonus from IMDb: Although she was not credited by name, one of the executive producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the country singer Dolly Parton, who had a production partnership (called Sandollar Entertainment) with Sandy Gallin, who had managed Parton's career.
3. Mick Foley
I am being serious, and stop calling me "Shirley."
We watched the documentary Beyond the Mat several years ago and he's had my admiration ever since. He seems like a genuinely warm and kind teddy bear of a human being trapped in the body of a wild man.
Read Foley's explanation of how Tori Amos changed his life. You'll love him, too. (Slate)
I asked Mr. Julien this week's question and he responded, "I would kill to meet Pete Townsend. Okay, not kill, but I would hold a really big bake sale".
So what perfect stranger do you adore? We'll judge you, but you're used to that.