Sunday, November 18, 2012

Steve Loves Mark Lester!

My first gay crush was UK actor Mark Lester. 

The year was 1969. I was 9, and he was 10. And he was SO cute, with an adorable singing voice.

I wanted to be his friend the moment I saw him.

Sitting in a darkened movie theater watching the movie "Oliver" with my entire 5th grade class, I was smitten with him.

This was long before any awareness of sex, but I was definitely aware of my attraction to Mark.

I wanted to live with him and the Artful Dodger 

(Jack Wild) and all of Fagin's boys. I wanted to share a bunk and swap shirts with him. And pick pockets with him, just like all the other scruffy kids in the gang.

Afterwards, my friends giggled about seeing "Nancy’s boobies" in her low-cut wench dress. 
I was mystified. Nancy? Who was watching Nancy? Certainly not me!

Long before I knew I was gay, I had a fondness for blondes, and Mark Lester was my first.

Steve - Austin, Texas

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Eva Represa Álvarez de Eulate said...

No wonder you love Mark Lester! He was the most adorable kid. And indeed, Oliver! was a film which I enjoyed very much as a little girl . I also wanted to be with all the gang, be part of it and be friend of Jack Wild (the Dodger) and the rest of the boys (I was madly in love with the ginger-haired one, one of the crew, who plays one of the horses in the number "I'd do anything"). Well, indeed, we loved playing "orphans" with my sister and cousins. Sometimes we played as if we belonged to Oliver! gang, and sometimes, we played as if we belonged to Annie gang ;)

And then, I don't know if you know it, but Mark Lester had starred before in another film "Our Mother's House" (an excellent british thriller film), and after Oliver! he starred again with Jack Wild in the film "Melody". They are nice good films, I love the british films of that era.

Anonymous said...

Forgive me for spoiling one detail, but Mark Lester couldn't sing. It was a woman who sang while he pretended he was singing.

Anon said...

No wonder. In your era I certainly would rather look at his incredible looks than any breasts. He was so adorable. No doubt many boys were just as mesmerised as you