Diane Franklin’s Excellent Adventure
Diane Franklin’s new book, “Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s” is a look back at a career of one of the most amazing actresses to come out of the MTV generation.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since Diane’s first feature film role in “The Last American Virgin”. The raunchy sex comedy about three friends who were trying to…. well, you know what they’re trying to do.
But, aside from their testosterone fueled quest and Diane’s innocence, for me no single movie exemplifies a slice of the 1980′s better than LAV. When you see the fashions and hear the soundtrack laden with songs by U2, Journey, The Cars and REO Speedwagon; timeless classics now but back then, songs that were fresh and new, it just takes you back. Back to a time of complete innocence.
The thing about Last American Virgin is that it’s not just a movie, it’s a slice of time. And whether it was her beautiful smile or curly locks, I still found a way to forgive Diane for the horrible choice she made at the end of the movie.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane about her amazing book and career. The enthusiasm she has for her written word is matched only by the talent she has as an actress.
goJimmygo (gJg): To this day whenever I watch The Last American Virgin, it’s almost like being in a time machine.
Diane Franklin (DF): I agree. LAV brings that 80′s generation back to their teen years. At the beginning of the 80′s, movies that were made had such a rawness to them. The films were real gritty and even the subject matter was grittier. Then in the mid 80′s, movies started to become more polished and upbeat. I’m so happy that I was chosen for that role. Even though it’s a sex comedy, there’s something that rings true about it, and it doesn’t leave you.
gJg: LAV was also your first feature film as well.