Neil Patrick Harris
These indelible and infinitely quotable words spoken by our favorite TV characters and personalities are forever etched in our brains. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
At the height of his fame, David Cassidy — who tops TV Guide's 25 Greatest Teen Idols list — was the world's highest-paid entertainer, with a bigger fan club than Elvis or the Beatles.
"My experience was very similar to what John, Paul, George and Ringo went through, only it was intensified by television," says Cassidy, 54. Every Friday night in the early '70s, nearly all teens watching television tuned in to The Partridge Family. Just a few months after the show first aired in 1970,, his most famous song, "I Think I Love You," already hit No. 1 on the pop charts.
Although Cassidy's popularity spawned a merchandising empire — which included books, games, Colorforms and miniature guitars — he himself saw little profit. "I got a huge shock when I saw David Cassidy girls' underwear," he says. "In those days, they never ran anything by me."
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Football great Joe Namath is also one of the sport's biggest fans. Here, the legendary Jets quarterback — who was recently named "ambassador" to his former team — weighs in on his favorite players, female commentators and his new clothing line.
TV Guide Online: Broadway Joe! You made the quarterback one of the most glamorous icons of pop culture. How does that make you feel?
Namath: First of all, I'm a Gemini, so I have a serious football side and a mischievous side — but friends told me I'd have to stop using that excuse years ago. (Laughs) I'm from western Pennsylvania, and I have three older brothers, so I was never one to step forward and put on a fur coat. But I did. Those things happened because of where I was, the people I was around and because I was game. It was because of New York, not because of old Joe. If I couldn't play, it would have been a problem.
TVGO: What were your most memorable
Sex and the City hunk Chris Noth who plays Sarah Jessica Parker's erstwhile flame, "Mr. Big" says the appeal of HBO's saucy comedy is simple: "It's about sex and clothes," he tells TV Guide Online. "That's why people love the show."
On Sex, Noth's alter ego personifies the sexually free but emotionally unavailable Gucci-wearing Manhattanite. But he's well aware that viewers aren't tuning in to check out the guys's designer duds. "This show is all about the girls," he concedes, "we're just bait."
In fact, the double standard even extends behind-the-scenes. When informed by TV Guide Online that Sex's leading ladies are allowed to purchase their favorite frocks worn on the show for bargain basement prices, he responds with mock disgust: "See what I mean? They don't care about the guys. I think they're working on some sort of deal for me with Fruit of the Loom."
This year's Oscar outfits were really "haute stuff." At what has become known as the world's biggest fashion show, celebrities didn't disappoint on the red carpet runway, but instead paraded along in dazzling dresses that recalled Hollywood glamour of past decades the '20s, '30s and '40s and, occasionally, impeccably represented modern sophistication.
The evening's big winners also took home top honors as the most stylish stars. Best actress Julia Roberts truly was a pretty woman in vintage Valentino. Although the $20 million thespian was courted by every American designer imaginable, she chose a graphic black-and-white gown by the Italian institution, and paired it with her most stunning accessory her megawatt smile.
Looking like a latter-day Rita Hayworth, best supporting actress Marcia Gay Harden sizzled in her drop-dead-gorgeous red strapless Randolph Duke, matching stole, and diamond bib necklace from Ha