When I was growing up, many celebrities I liked were lost on
my parents: No matter how hard I tried, they never appreciated Pee-wee Herman, Corey Haim or Lisa Lisa and Cult
Jam as much as I did.
Every once in a while, though, an entertainer comes along
that grownups can dig along with their kids. And though Daryl Hannah
rarely gets placed in this category alongside her former co-stars like Tom
Hanks and Steve Martin, I’d say shebelongs there.
I’ve been watching Hannah onscreen for more than 30 years,
ever since my dad brought home a VHS copy of Splash. When people mention
the movie today, it’s often in relation to Hanks-- Splash was his
first film role -- or Ron Howard, a young director still best known as
Richie Cunningham and Opie Taylor.
But without Hannah’s particular blend of awkwardness, humor
and vulnerability, Splash would’ve been a very different mermaid movie.
(Her performance earned her the Saturn Award for best actress, an honor she
shares with Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence
and other strong ladies of sci-fi/fantasy.)
At the time of Splash’s release, Entertainment
Tonight talked to Hannah, then 23. Like Hanks, she was cheerful and
compellingly likeable. Unlike Hanks, her shyness is glaringly apparent -- and is
something I could certainly identify with as a girl: