Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Prince Charming

When I was a little girl, like all little girls, I wanted to marry my daddy. But I was told that I couldn't, he belonged to my mommy so I figured I better look around and see what else was out there.

One of the best places to find a man to marry when I was about 11, 12 and 13 years old was television, as I was still a bit too young to hit the clubs and online match making hadn't been invented yet!

So right away I fell madly in love with Heath Barkley, the gorgeous baby brother on the fabulous show The Big Valley which ran from 1965 to 1969.

Heath, Audra, Jarrod, Victoria and Nick 

Heath was the strong, silent type, yet with his blondish good looks he was just The Golden Boy to me.

I watched that show religiously and at night time I would fall asleep dreaming of being his wife and living on The Big Valley Ranch and being best friends with his sister Audra, who was gorgeous!

The funny thing is it wasn't Lee Majors I was in love with…nope, it was Heath Barkley. When Lee did The Six Million Dollar Man television show he didn't do anything for me.

It was Heath I was in love with. Maybe it was the cowboy hat or watching him ride around on that horse, but he was just so manly!

Nick Barkley on the left and Heath with those smoldering eyes staring right into my soul and winning my heart!

In a pinch I would have taken his brother Nick Barkley, portrayed by Peter Breck. Nick was a bit of a bad boy, which is why I didn't love him as much as Heath, but he was just as good looking!

Then all of a sudden Heath had some competition! A new television show came on the horizon called Medical Center, which ran from 1969 to 1976. The main character was Dr. Joe Gannon.

Dr. Joe Gannon was played by the gorgeous actor, Chad Everett. He had these piercing blue eyes!

Dr. Joe Gannon was a surgeon and worked in a busy hospital somewhere in Los Angeles.

I loved that show and I loved Chad Everett and all of a sudden I knew I would have to leave The Big Valley to move to the Big City....Los Angeles to be the wife of a doctor!

I remember so well how I would just dream of both these men, it's makes me laugh now at how young and naive I was!

Who was your childhood fantasy crush? Do you remember these shows?



  1. Your choice of the two brothers is not surprising; they look much like your Dad - tall, strong, handsome.
    I used to fall in love with characters portrayed by english actors in british serials. I don't even remember the names. There were periods when the uglier the actor the more I fell in love with him.
    Those were the days....the sweet days of naivety and dreams.

    1. I had never thought of that, but yes, they are much like my dad! Even in the wearing of the cowboy hat, which my dad always wore. He was buried with his black Stetson that he loved!

      Those were the days, definitely. Thanks for stopping by DUTA.

  2. Barbara Stanwyck was my childhood love. Is that laughter I hear?,_Ziegfeld_girl,_by_Alfred_Cheney_Johnston,_ca._1924.jpg

    She looks pretty damned good to me. So what if my mother was only 1 year old when the photo was taken?

    1. Ahhh...Victoria Barkley herself, the supreme matriarch! She was a beauty in her youth and still looked pretty damn cute as my future mother in law! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Sextant!


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