The money was good, and executives believed the show would be a success -- which was exactly what troubled Nunn, who had other ambitions.
"I'm sitting there, thinking, 'Holy s--. If I sign this contract, and it's a hit, I'm stuck," Nunn recalled. "The music dream is over."
Forget that she had no musical prospects -- and had never even been in a band. Nunn's dreams of being a musician were so pervasive, she turned down the role in "
"My agent dropped me immediately," said Nunn, who appears in
But Nunn said she never regretted her decision.
"If I had done that, I'd probably be a really rich drug addict right now," she said. "Because I would have had a lot of money because it was a huge hit and not done what I really wanted to do."
For Nunn, whose father appeared in movies with
And what happened to her, Nunn reminds us?
"She became a rich drug addict," she joked. (Though Fisher's better now, she adds.)
A year after Nunn turned down "
With risque songs like "Sex (I'm a)" and "Touch,"
"We were 20, and that's all we thought about -- sex and how to get it and how to keep it and how to change it and how to do it better," Nunn said.
The band had moderate success in the early 1980s thanks to having good videos in the early
"While he was producing 'No More Words' for us, he brought in 'Take My Breath Away,' " Nunn recalled.
Other, more well-known singers had tried to sing the song, but none of them worked out.
Crawford initially said no. Nunn was all for it. Their label broke the tie. And "Take My Breath Away" became
"It opened up the entire world to us that had never heard
The pressures and demands of that stardom caused the band to split not long after the song hit No. 1. But in the late '90s, Nunn came back with a newer version of the band.
"A friend of mine was listening to KCSN here in
Nunn eventually got in touch, and for two years she had a radio program on Saturday nights. Not only did it fulfill a childhood dream, but it forced her to listen to new music, particularly electronic dance music, and she became inspired to do new music along those lines.
The result, "Animal," combines the techno sounds of '80s
"I enjoy not only writing about it, but I enjoy hearing other artists, especially who are my age, who aren't 20 -- what is it like for them now?" she said.
Hardly a story or video post about Nunn fails to mention her looks, which are still praised after the half-century mark. But she doesn't feel offended or demeaned by the remarks. She's proud of looking good, though it's not easy.
"It's work," she said. "I've got to work out, I've got to eat well, I've got to sleep. I've got to work it to keep looking good!"
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