Close Encounters

Susanna Hoff, Michael Steele, and sisters Vicki and Debbie Peterson are proud of the fact that the Bangles, unlike many previous girl-groups, were not formed by record executives. “What we do is interesting,” Susanna explains, “because when you get four girls together, there’s a certain kind of feeling you get. It’s not like the Supremes, or something that was just put together. I think that what people like about us is that we are real.”

Flamboyant rocker David Lee Roth likes to do things in a big way, except when it comes to the size of the arenas that he plays. “Fact of the matter is that you can’t hear anything in the stadiums,” says David. “From 20 feet, you can’t hear. From 80 yards, you can’t see a thing. Maybe other artists can communicate with 50,000 people. Maybe it’s Springsteen, but it sure ain’t me. I think it’s a rip-off to play stadiums. Can’t hear, can’t see, I got no control over the show.”

With movies like My Demon Lover and a possible TV series of his own, Scott Valentine is getting more popular by the minute. Yet, he says that he will never let fame go to his head, especially after seeing how one of his Family Ties co-stars handles his success.” I came into the show when Back to the Future was just released and became such a hit,” the actor recalls. “Michael J. Fox, for someone as popular as he is, is a very humble person. He gets pulled on and pushed at and he always manages to keep calm and keep his cool, which I think is wonderful.”

Kirk Cameron may be a star of TV and movies, but he has some other career goals in mind for the future. “I plan to go to college and then medical school,” the actor reveals. “Hopefully, I’ll become a doctor.” Kirk is quick to point out, however, that he doesn’t plan on turning his back on show business just yet. “Don’t get me wrong,” the Growing Pains star explains. “I’d love to act as long as I can. I believe it’s a great business. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Acting doesn’t usually last forever, though. I’m doing well now, and I’d like to keep doing well as long as I can.”

Michael Pare is heating up the ratings with his new series Houston Knights, but it wasn’t so long ago that the talented actor was cooking up something entirely different. Before deciding to pursue an acting career, Michael worked as a gourmet chef on the Upper West Side of New York. Even though Michael has traded his apron for stardom, he still enjoys cooking. “I like to cook a lot of French and Italian dishes, sometimes German,” he says. “Lately I’ve been into Thai cuisine. My tastes change pretty much.”

What does it feel like to star in the most popular movie of the year? “It’s like they say, totally awesome,” says Tom Cruise of his incredible Top Gun experience. “Being in the number one movie, not just for the whole summer, but for the whole year, yeah! I keep wondering, is this my peak?”

Davy Jones

Davy Jones is known and loved by millions as a musician, but at one point in his life, he wanted to be a jockey. At 14, he left his home in Manchester, England, to become a jockey trainee. “When I was a little boy, my father used to take me to the races with him,” explains Davy. “I wanted to be with horses. I liked horse racing, but I also liked show business, too. I quit school to work at the stables. I was always singing, which would drive the trainers crazy.”

Magazine: Tiger Beat
Editor: Michael Edrei
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Publisher: D.S. Magazines, Inc.
Pages: 70–71