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    What are people's memories of Leif? He is practically the same age as me and I recall very clearly seeing him on Top of the Pops in the seventies, singing, 'I Was Made For Dancing' - complete with spray-on trousers!

    Leif started his career as an actor and was only 5 years old when he did his first TV. His films included 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' and 'Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Sallion'. On TV, he appeared in episodes of 'Canon', 'Gunsmoke', 'The Odd Couple', 'Wonder Woman' and 'CHiPS'.

    But it was probably as the pop singer and teen idol that he was best known.

    In 1979, he crashed his car whilst drunk, leaving his passenger and best friend a paraplegic. His adult life has been quite troubled. Three years ago he was arrested for heroin possession.

    He has had some success more recently singing in a 'grunge-rock' band, (forgive me if that's not the proper phrase).

    I still remember that fresh faced, pretty youth - a great pop icon of the seventies.

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    ClaudineJones Guest

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    I have an ancient Norman Gunston's Christmas Show video with a hilarious Leif Garrett interview. It isn't on YouTube and I haven't got the hardware or the know-how to transfer it to dvd and upload it. But if I ever get it up there I'll put a link in here.

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    He hasn't changed a bit


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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaudineJones View Post
    I have an ancient Norman Gunston's Christmas Show video with a hilarious Leif Garrett interview. It isn't on YouTube and I haven't got the hardware or the know-how to transfer it to dvd and upload it. But if I ever get it up there I'll put a link in here.
    That would be good. Love to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    He hasn't changed a bit...
    lol. Although to be fair, I've seen more recent pics of him that don't look a bit like that second one. I seem to recall it was taken when he was arrested some years ago. I think it was a particularly bad day

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    Happier times. Leif at 17.

    Sweet pic.

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    I thought he was gorgeous but now he reminds me of Kylie !
    One mans trash is another mans treasure !

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    ClaudineJones Guest

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    Here you go Marine Boy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHV5qQiUCPk Terrible quality but the best I could do given that I don't know how to transfer video onto the computer. From The Norman Gunston Christmas Show 1979.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaudineJones View Post
    Here you go Marine Boy...
    Thanks so much for uploading! It was great to watch the young Leif. I'm not very familiar with Norman Gunston. Looks like he's an actor doing an interview in character, a bit like the Mrs Merton idea. Or is he really like that?!

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    ClaudineJones Guest

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    You're welcome That show was aired way back in '79, pre-Denis Pennis, Mrs Merton or Ali G. He was the forerunner to them all. I heard the character wasn't too far removed from the person, the sweating and the nerves were for real and after a nervous breakdown he's now a spokesperson for mental health issues.

    Poor Leif's in the news again

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