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Why I Am Madly In Love With Kaley Cuoco

By Edited Apr 27, 2016 13 27

Big Bang Babe

The Cosmos created her bad, blond self.

I am not a fan of blonds, generally speaking.  Oh, they’re alright, I guess.  [There is one particular blond I gotta big jones for, and though she is a natural blond, she dyes her hair lighter sometimes.  She knows who she is.]

I really likes my wimmen a tad on the darker side, though.  But, occasionally a “sunnier” one comes along that causes my ICBM to rise in its silo under DEFCON 1 conditions. 

TV sitcoms are dumb.  This is a truism.  Sometimes, though, there’s one that has a few smarts.  That show, The Big Bang Theory, was smart enough to hire a snarky blond with a quirky smile, a sneer to rival Elvis’, and enough baby fat still on her girl parts to keep my attention. 

From tender top to bodacious bottom she is a cutie.  She has glowing, honey-blond hair (okay, I know it’s not all natural, just go with it).  Stunning green-to-hazel eyes, like that of a cheap,

Kaley Cuoco: Sweetness & Sex
made-in-Taiwan doll . . . mmmmmm.

Her front door supports a bountiful pair of  . . . er . . . doorbells?  [No wait, “Her front door supports a bountiful pair of knockers,” that’s where I wanted to go with that.]  And her sexy stern is one of the best on television.

These many physical features, as well as her great sense of comedic timing combined with some of the best (and funniest) facial expressions I’ve ever seen, are why I am madly in love with Kaley Cuoco.

Baby Bang!
When the universe came into creation with its Big Bang nobody noticed (’cause, hey, we weren’t even a twinkle in the primordial ooze’s eye yet).  And when Kaley Cuoco was conceived (with a presumably much smaller bang) the only people who knew it were her soon-to-be mommy and daddy. 

She was born on the last day of November 1985 in Camarillo, California.  [What a great post-Thanksgiving treat that must’ve been for her parents!]  Half-Italian (though it’s hard to see that part—no swarthy olive-picker skin!) Kaley’s last name, “Cuoco” translates from Italian

Kaley Cuoco: Baby Girl
into “Cook” in English.

The little blond babe was later graced with a younger sister, Brianna.  At the age of three Kaley (perhaps feeling too big for her Garanimals) took up tennis.  She was on her way to being a tennis ace.  It is a sport she excelled in, and was later able to play as a US nationally-ranked amateur (only giving it up when her acting solidified when she was 16). 

She made a break into television at the age of six in commercials.  She ended up doing six spots for Mattel’s Barbie doll line.  She was on her way to a career.

Bigger Bangs
As a budding actress/tennis player (a welcome break from the budding actress/model types normally seen) Kaley Cuoco had enough chops to make several appearances on television while still a child: 1992’s made-for-TV movie, Quicksand: No Escape; TV dramedy Northern

Kaley Cuoco: Teen Twang
Exposure; a spot in the cult-classic TV series, My So-Called Life (the show that launched Claire Danes’ career), in 1994; and a 1996 turn on the sitcom Ellen, playing the child version of Ellen DeGeneres). 

Kaley also snagged some parts in “legitimate” theater (albeit community theater).  She appeared in the Los Angeles-based productions of the Broadway blockbusters Annie and Fiddler on the Roof

In 1995, she made her big-screen debut as the younger version of a lead character in 1995’s Virtuosity, which also starred Denzel Washington.  She continued to work in television, too, getting a hefty leading role in a TV miniseries in 1998, Mr. Murder.  In 2000, she played the part of Marcia Brady (made famous by Maureen McCormick) in another Brady Bunch made-for-TV movie, Growing Up Brady.

When she was 16, though, her acting became her steady form of employment with a new sitcom called 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (later shortened to the less-wordy moniker, 8 Simple Rules).   Kaley got the part of the oldest child in a sitcom family headed up by TV icon, John Ritter. The show’s premise centered on the stunning teen’s escapades relative to her interactions with young guys who wanted to get with her (and can’t blame them). [In an interesting irony, Kaley’s character was that of the big sis—her “younger” sibling was played by Amy Davidson, an actress who is six years older!  The same age-twisting thing occurred in TV’s Seventh Heaven—the “oldest” daughter played by hottie Jessica Biel was actually more than a year younger than TV little sister, Lucy (played by Beverley Mitchell.]

8 Simple Rules was a hit.  It went on to become an Emmy-award winner, and Kaley Cuoco decided acting would be her true calling.  She gave up tennis as an avocation, deciding instead to let acting take her where it may.

The Biggest Bang!
8 Simple Rules effectively died with John Ritter, who succumbed to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect on September 11, 2003.  After a hiatus, during which Ritter’s death was addressed

Kaley Cuoco: Blond & Beautiful
and incorporated into the show’s storyline, it soldiered on for a coupla more seasons but finally had to call it quits when ABC, reacting to sliding ratings, cancelled it in May 2005.

Kaley Cuoco had blossomed into a stunning young woman by the time of the series’ demise, and she was beginning to be noticed for her blond California sun-girl good looks. It didn’t hurt that she was personable as well as gorgeous, and she almost immediately got a job as a regular cast member for the quirky, but wildly successful series about sister witches, Charmed.  In its eighth and final season, the show had a hard-core fan base, and Kaley’s presence could hardly go unnoticed.  She played the part of a young woman with magical powers under the care of third-season addition to the series, Rose McGowan (who had replaced the difficult Shannen Doherty). The intent was to spin her character off into its own series, but that never came to fruition

Out of work again, she auditioned for a new program, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.  This sitcom operated around the fish-out-of-water premise.  In this case, the gorgeous Kaley C

Kaley Cuoco: Big Bang Babe
uoco would be the fish.  She got the part in early 2006.  The show centers on an ensemble cast: two intensely intelligent yet socially-awkward young male college professors; two of their equally nerdy but genius male friends; and Kaley Cuoco, as the delightfully “normal” Penny.

The sitcom plays up stereotypes to the hilt, and Kaley’s Penny is no exception.  She is a struggling actress working as a waitress in a place called The Cheesecake Factory, recalling the old joke:

She: “I’m an actress”
He: “Yeah? What restaurant?”

Regardless that the nerds in the series are brilliant yet complete social faux pas, Penny (as the hottie across the hall) is stellar.  She glows.  She also emotes.  Her face is her best feature (though everything else looks purty gol’ dang good, too).  Her mouth is a bit asymmetric; the left corner is drawn down into the barest hint of a perpetual sneer, reminscent of Elvis

It is endearing.  She uses this to great effect in what I like to call “The Look”—it is something she does physically in response to some over-the-top goober antic of one of the show’s male nerd cast.  Her face freezes,

Kaley Cuoco: Hint of Sneer
the eyes widen slightly then drop into sloe-eyed disbelief, her lips purse a tad, and the sneer kicks in.  It is enchanting to watch it at work.

And while Kaley’s Penny may not be the most book-larnin’ smart person on the show, her back story has her being a Nebraska-born, corn-fed farm girl with a lot of street savvy and sexual experience.  It’s an interesting twist.  [And another fun fact about her character: while it is certain she has a surname, it has never been uttered in any episode.  She is always just “Penny”.  This was probably an oversight in the original drafting of the character and has now become sort of an insider’s tidbit if trivia.  I’m gonna guess that when the writers get around to revealing her surname it’ll be the main plot device of that particular episode, and we’ll learn she is either the daughter of someone really famous or she’ll have a really strange last name.]

“Best” moments from the show are almost infinite—the writing staff is top notch, the ripostes come rapid-fire, and Kaley gets her share of those ripping lines.  But much of what happens there is physical comedy, and Kaley excels.  And, for me, no bigger highlight came when she was asked by the nerds across the hall to don a Wonder Woman costume to accompany them to a comic book store party.

Kaley Cuoco: Wonder Woman
She did it.  And her entrance, with that rockin’ bod and that look on her face, blond goddess that she is, made for some great TV that particular episode.  She did the costume justice. But it was her mannerisms while wearing it (reacting cavalierly to being Wonder Woman, not really embracing it, etc.) that made it funny as well (at one point in the episode, she is seen frumping in her apartment in the costume, drinking a glass of wine).

During the run of the series, Kaley has managed to squeeze in many other TV roles and movie parts.  She also does commercials, most notably as the “daughter” of William Shatner’s Priceline Negotiator in an ongoing ad campaign that Shatner started years ago.

Kaley Cuoco (Maxim cover girl)
Starting in 2005, she was ranked as one of the world’s sexiest women (and she currently places easily in the Top 100 in that category annually by varying media sources).  Oh, and there’s a rock ’n’ roll animal hiding beneath her blondness.  Kaley is a drum fan, and loves to bash the skins when she can.  She claims it does something primal to her (and I concur because I have seen this happen to women); she appreciates the inner womanly animal that can be released: “Just 10 minutes of it and I'm a different person”.

Kaley Cuoco: Commercial Queen
And because a straight-up hottie like Kaley couldn’t possibly be allowed to free-range the planet forever she tied the knot with some tennis pro guy on December 31, 2013.  His name is Ryan Sweeting, and Kaley had taken to hyphenating her last name.  But, she was back out on the range again in September 2015 after divorcing said tennis guy.

Funny, sexy, sneering, drummer tennis babe who can really fill out a Wonder Woman costume.  That’s why I am madly in love with Kaley Cuoco!

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Comments

Jul 15, 2013 10:10am
mommymommymommy
This is a top notch bio about one of my favorite television characters. I just love Penny-especially when she puts Sheldon in his place, but he is clueless to it. There is more to life than being book smart, and Penny proves it. Thumbs up!
Jul 15, 2013 11:49am
vicdillinger
Thanks--I still love "The Look" when she gives it, and it is something that NEVER fails to crack me up every time.
Jul 15, 2013 7:49pm
Wesman_Todd_Shaw
HOLY SMOKE BROSEPHUS!

Thanks for the eye candy, you know, I've never heard of this chick before; but now I got that name!
Jul 16, 2013 7:24am
vicdillinger
You REALLY gotta check her out on "Big Bang". She cracks me up, and while she IS a hottie, I LOVE women who can make me laugh probably more than any others! Thanks for reading.
Jul 26, 2013 9:15pm
Introspective
Oh boy, do you have a long list of "loves!" It's tough to keep-up with all of them. I like Kaley Cuoco. I don't remember her from Northern Exposure and I watched that show every week. I do remember her on 8 Simple Rules, and of course now on The Big Bang Theory. Nice job (as always) - Thumbs-up.
Jul 27, 2013 8:54am
vicdillinger
She was kid in the Northern Exposure episode, a one-off. I likes her--a lot!! Thanks for reading.
Jul 30, 2013 10:21am
ActionManBryan
I've only seen her on The Big Bang Theory, and some recent commercials. I think you hit the nail on the head with this one. She's a hottie and a great actress!
Jul 30, 2013 10:58am
vicdillinger
It's her sneer that really gets me. Thanks for reading!
Aug 4, 2013 12:26pm
jadedkoala
It's nice to see I'm not the only one in love with her... wait, am I allowed to say that since I'm a woman? Bleh, sure I can, afterall, Raven Symone just came out of the closet lol!
Aug 4, 2013 12:35pm
vicdillinger
I have had many women comment on my women of the "Madly in Love with" series in a more "appreciative" way. It's quite alright for you say that, and it shows you have EXCELLENT taste in women (as I like to think I do!) Thanks for reading!! (And your comment made me smile--seriously!)
Aug 11, 2013 6:43pm
Amok
A very accurate bio of a great actor...and as the author says,'THE LOOK' is my favourite..great writing.
Aug 12, 2013 6:17am
vicdillinger
The accuracy part is something I strive for in everything I write. Thanks for reading and for appreciating Kaley!
Aug 23, 2013 4:39pm
prsquires
Great bio on a gorgeous Kaley!
Aug 24, 2013 7:01am
vicdillinger
She art truly gorgeous, that's for sure. Thanks for reading.
Jan 31, 2014 9:25pm
RoseWrites
She began acting in commercials at age 6 (Jodie Foster at age 3). I love it when women are portrayed as more than just a pretty face - wonderful review.
Feb 1, 2014 6:52am
vicdillinger
Christina Applegate was an infant still in diapers when she got her first commercial. Thanks for reading!
Apr 1, 2014 8:09am
egdcltd
The Big Bang Theory is something I recently came across by accident, and now can't stop watching. Which is rare for me and sitcoms in general, never mind American ones.
Apr 1, 2014 8:21am
vicdillinger
It's a pretty good show and they (mostly) get the science right.

My only beef is its over-the-top use of a laugh track. Two of the funnier sitcoms in recent years, "The Office" (until it jumped the shark when Steve Carrell left) and "30 Rock" didn't have laugh tracks--they were plenty funny without that artificial crud cluttering up the sound. In fact, one of the people I would murder in history (if I had a time machine and could go back in time) is the guy who invented the laugh track.

I know when to laugh--I laugh when things are funny, not when I'm prompted.

Thanks for reading, and for finding the show. It DOES grow on you!
Apr 1, 2014 8:47am
egdcltd
I got the impression that it was shot in front of a live audience, so wasn't actually using a laugh track. I could be wrong; that was from a behind-the-scenes show I didn't really bother watching.

I did hear that people often don't know when they are supposed to laugh at something, and that laugh tracks showed them it was socially correct to find something funny.
Apr 1, 2014 8:58am
vicdillinger
You may be right, but it sure sounds forced, and it IS excessive. If there's an audience there, then there're prompts to "laugh" and one for "applause" or the inevitable "wooooo" when characters kiss. I hate that contrived crud either way.

Obviously, different things are funny to different people--I just hate being told when I'm supposed to recognize the funny parts. I notice them when they happen, and this show has a LOT of such moments (some veryyyyy subtle, usually when goofing on the science they throw around).
Aug 17, 2014 8:38pm
gniksivart
Never realized this until I went back and rewarched the series on netflix, but she's on a few episodes of prison break. Very good series.
Aug 18, 2014 6:58am
vicdillinger
I could never get into "Prison Break" so much, but I'm glad you like Kaley!! Thanks for reading.
Sep 23, 2014 2:02pm
McBob34
Great bio, I loved her in '8 Simple Rules' and followed her to 'Big Bang'. I get the feeling that 'Big Bang' was going to be much more about her and the geeks blubbering all over her, but then they discovered how funny the geeks were by themselves, that's when they knew they had an ensemble hit on their hands. God, they are going to be so rich before its all over. Didn't care for the new haircut last night - she needs the long locks - what about you?
Sep 23, 2014 2:10pm
vicdillinger
I actually thought she pulled the short 'do off okay, but I prefer her longer hair.

Also, she got burned recently along with those other female celebs with the nude pic hacking thing, and I thought about updating this to include that info but it just didn't seem too relevant as she kind of laughed it off without being to melodramatic about it.

The main three actors (her, Parsons and Galecki) were the reason behind the delay in "Big Bang"'s season premier (held out for wayyyy more money) but I gotta tell ya last night's back-to-backers weren't really anything to write home to the folks about (though I eagerly watched). Kaley looks great, though, so long may she reign as the Queen of the Geeks!!

Thanks for reading.
Jul 29, 2015 8:27am
Courtney58
I'm a woman and I love Kaley too! She beautiful and funny. She also loves horses and rides, which totally endeared her to me. I learned so much more about her here though, so thanks for that.
Jul 29, 2015 9:09am
vicdillinger
Including this one, there are currently 24 articles in the "Why I am Madly in Love With . ." series. If you do a search using just that phrase in the IB search box you'll see 'em (they're all on women in history or pop culture or music, and there's one about a particular kind of cheese I loved).

Anyway, Kaley got my attention a long time ago, and while it hurts me that she is happily married (despite tabloid reports she's getting divorced apparently twice a week) I still love her anyway.

Thanks for reading.
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