Monday, February 12, 2007
ROCKIN' with American Graffiti's Candy Clark at the Sacramento Autorama
Candy Clark, one of the stars of American Graffiti (1973), was at the Sacramento Autorama at Cal Expo this weekend. She and pinstriper Herb Martinez, with whom I shared yet another booth, are friends. When she stopped by to see Herb, I couldn't resist asking for this photo.
In the smaller picture here, Candy is shown in 1998 with Paul LeMat (aka John Milner, who drove the yellow '32) and Rick Figari, who meticulously restored the coupe and I believe still owns it.
The movie was all about 1962, impersonating film director George Lucas' hometown of Modesto, CA (although the film was actually shot--mostly at night--in Petaluma and San Rafael). Candy's scenes with Charles Martin Smith (aka Terry Fields, the ducktailed kid known as "The Toad," who is said to have represented Lucas) are of course still classic. She played the 'experienced' peroxide-blonde class of '61 (Dewey High School in the movie) grad named Debbie Medway. When she gets in the '58 Impala loaned to Terry by Steve Bolander (played by 19 year old Ron Howard), she tells Terry, "Peel Out. I just love it when guys peel out."