Check out this bizarre clip from Santa Barbara circa 1984 – watch it and you’ll see the real Elizabeth Wakefield and Jessica it is completely errie! Kathleen a reader tipped me off – believing she’d read that Jonna Leigh Stack the actress , was the real model and having glimpsed this I believe it to!
Okay now that Kathleen clued me in on Jonna leigh stack as the model for Jessica and Liz – the pictures seem a bit redundant
unless of course – well – maybe it’s Jonna leigh Stack posing for them! Nay probably not – she’s got a very distinctive nose. Any hoo the Quincy episode – #17 – The Winning Edge of Season Five is still rather startling – after all Liz and Jess even though they are twins have a bit of a unique look. Jessica’s nose always seemed more aquiline. The episode was about a coach supplying her gymnastic students with speed. A girl dies and another is torn by guilt and decides to expose their involvement, ( guess who? ) much to the horror of the others gymnasts who decide to pin it all on her. They stuff speed pills in her locker and spike her orange juice before practice. The character is Brenda, a kind blonde, who wears the sides of her hair pulled back by plastic combs ( like you-know who) – and is played by actresses Jennifer Holmes – I looked her up on imdb.com and discovered she was in all kinds of things in the 80’s Fame , Misfits of Science , Newhart. It also says she was a model. It was was bizarre to see such a dead ringer for Liz looking all pasty white and strung out ,stumbling all over a balance beam. However, as much as she is a startling ringer for Liz, I also came across the cover of Angel from Wildfire and On your Toes which features the same model – one where she is not smiling, the other wreathed with a grin exposing the same cheek creases as Jessica. Check it out! But closely… this time I think I could be right! ( alas this update tells you nope – Jonna Leigh Stack is the one ) but it was a nice comparison! And though I’ve always felt that Annie from the cover of Wrong Kind of Girl looked exactly like Annie Potts , the model on the cover of Wildfire’s Call Me with the exception of the hair , is eerily similar. Dee Dee Gordon I found on the cover of Wildfire’s What About Me. And though not entirely accurate there are some similarities between Caroline and the model on Wishing Star’s Don’t Look Back – the dimple in Caroline’s cheek , the round eyebrows , the intense eyes ( though Caroline’s are a little closer together and tilt up more ). Susan Stewart looks like the model on the Searching Heart only her hair is now brilliantly red. There’s a little bit of Robin on the cover of Wishing Star’s The Loving Year , Jeffery looks similar to a male model on the cover of Wildfire’s One Day You’ll Go – same strong jaw , swooped over blonde hair , sunken eyes. The same male model I found for Todd appeared on two Wildfire covers – one where he is smiling so hard he’s squinting a bit but the nose , the dimple in his cheek , and later the eyes are very similar – The covers are Senior Class & A Kiss for Tomorrow. Amy is similar to a girl on the cover of Wildfire’s Love to the Rescue. Cara has the same feathered hair and eyes as the girl on Wildfire’s the Ten Cupcake Romance and Trisha is similar to the girl on Windswept’s A Forgotten Girl – same full lips , same eyes. I’m not too sure how the pictures that I took of Jennifer Holmes off the Quincy episode will turn out – I tried to fix them up a bit even turned one into a sketch but you be the judge. Examine the photo’s closely sometimes it’s the little details. The cover photos from Wildfire and Wishing Star, probably used the same models around the
same time 1981 – 1985 as they are all credited to Owen Brown it’s interesting to think that perhaps the models might have
been used for the Sweet Valley covers as well. If you want to see the original Wildfire and Wishing Star covers in all there glory
perhaps even make your own finds check out my ultimate pages – WILDFIREand WISHING STAR