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  • Macbeth
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    Many people have been fortunate enough to meet a celebrity of some form. Many are surprised at their real-life personalities as some have been friendly and gracious, whereas others are rude and obnoxious. So what celebrities have you met, and what were they like?

    I met David Hasselhoff in 2010. He was extremely friendly and signed fan’s autographs for almost forty minutes. He was very kind and caring to everyone, even the youngest children.

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    I met Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman once, when they were still a couple.  My father was working for NBC, constructing sets for “Saturday Night Live.”  Could you believe he accosted them and asked if they would wait while he ran downstairs and got me from the car where my mother and I were waiting for him to get off work.  All I remember was being shuffled upstairs 30 Rockefeller Center and not knowing what the urgency was all about.  I must’ve been between the ages of 7-10.  My memory is foggy.  I do remember an extremely beautiful man shaking my hand and picking me up and one of the tallest and most statuesque women I had or have ever seen staring at me with piercing, cool eyes that nonetheless emanated warmth.  They indulged my father, let him rattle on about something having to do with me and then they both signed an autograph for me:  “To little Mark, From Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.” 

    I wouldn’t realize until a bit later who they were and how crazy it was that they granted my father such an exclusive moment and autograph at what was undoubtedly the height of Tom Cruise’s fame (when has his career not been at a high, though?).  Despite the monster my father could be and was, this is a memory I hold dear.  It’s also a memory that’s very telling of these two.  My father was no one important at NBC – I can’t even remember his exact job title – but they were kind enough to wait for him and grant him a private moment.  There was no crowd, just me, my father, Tom and Nicole.  In hindsight, it was quite magical.

    EDIT: P.S. I still have the autograph.

    Also, I’ve seen Jack Nicholson and Julia Roberts in Central Park; bumped into Rosie Perez in the Village; and saw Tommy Lee (the musician) while i was living in Boston.

    Oh, oh, oh – and a blog I started about Jessica Lange was mentioned to her back in 2009 during an interview she gave The Advocate while promoting “Grey Gardens.”  It was one of those things you indulge yourself in writing, somewhere between 1 and 3 in the morning when you’re feeling high and crazed and boxed out of your mind, needing to channel that energy into something.  Obsessions have always been easier for me.
    Anyway, after the blog was mentioned to her,  “Good Lord, is that legal?” she queried.  God, I love her.

    http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/film/2009/08/10/couple-works-together?page=0,3

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    Anthony
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    I have met several at the Stage Door of many Broadway shows, but one instance I find absolutely hysterical was when my partner and I were walking down Broadway in January 2011…it was about 2 degrees and it had just snowed about a foot the night before. Coming towards us, we saw a guy with his face half covered by a scarf but he distinctly looked like Alec Baldwin. We started quietly saying “Is that Alec Baldwin?” and it turns out he caught us staring, approaced us, took his scarf off and said, “Yes it is, me, Alec Baldwin.”

    Needless to say, we were kind of stunned. We actually talked with him for about a minute and then my partner said “We’d ask for an autograph but we don’t have a pen or paper.”. He said “Well isn’t that a shame” and then preceeding to walk away with a devious grin and said “Enjoy your trip”.  

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    Scottferguson
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    I had to wake up a totally wasted Elisha Cook Jr at a party at Telluride in the early 1980s. He was out of it, but didn’t respond badly.

    Have had a chance to meet many over the years. The directors I treasure the most (Frank Capra, Michael Powell, Sam Fuller, Budd Boetticher among the veteran greats). Jim Jarmusch had good weed, Quentin Tarantino likes talking about movies, Robert Altman was quite friendly, Martin Scorsese also likes talking about movies. Jonathan Demme is indeed the sweetheart everyone says he is.

    My dinner with Vanessa Redgrave is something I’ll remember as long as I live. A bit reserved, but once she trusts you, she is an amazing conversationalist. Spent some time talking to both Jack Lemmon and Dustin Hoffman, again both quite friendly.

    Here’s my ultimate story though –

    I was in Cannes. October Films (then a leading specialized distributor) was handling Condo Painting, a doc about an artist.

    Condo had designed the apron for the Monte Carlo Theater (the one seen in The Red Shoes). It was being dedicated before a ballet performance, with the company under the patronage of Princess Caroline.

    I was invited (cajoled?) to leave Cannes for a day to attend events surrounding this – a screening of the film first in the Monaco Public Library auditorium (which was like a typical grade school auditorium in the US), While there, I noticed that Monaco resident Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach were also there.

    We (I was with two US specialized execs who were friends of mine) went to the theater to see a ballet performance. Somehow we got reserved prime seats; Ringo and Barbara were in the balcony.

    The last event was a dinner. Not formal – it was buffet. We grabbed our seats, but waited forever for the buffet line to form – protocal says that when a royal hosts a buffet, she goes first (who knew?).

    Caroline finally finished being hostess schmoozing with the patrons. We got our food.

    We get back, and three obnoxious wealthy types had taken our seats, despite our having left stuff. They pretended they didn’t speak English, so we were forced to relocate.

    The only table with seats available were the one where Ringo and his entourage were seated. We slowly moved there, then apologized for asking, but said someone took our seats, and were these available.

    They clearly weren’t thrilled, but  didn’t stop us. So we sat down.

    It was awkward. They weren’t looking to engage us in normal conversation, and we didn’t exactly know how to act. One of our group (who is a major specialized exec now who regularly deals with stars, but then wasn’t so prominent) tried to push it a bit, but the other two of us tried to suppress him a bit.

    I hardly blame Ringo – poor guy clearly felt obligated to spend the day caring about ballet and a doc he’d otherwise never see. But however awkward, being able to say I had dinner with a Beatle is pretty special.               

                  

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    seabel
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    I met Pedro Almodovar. He was kind and funny. We only spoke a few words and he was nice. He signed me an autograph.

    I also met Sacha Baron Cohen, who was super nice with the people around him and very very very funny.

    Also, Anna Faris. She was really annoying and diva.

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    George Romero/Tom Savini at an autograph signing. They were nice, didn’t say much.

    I was an extra during The Dark Knight Rises at the football scene. Didn’t personally speak with Nolan or anything, but I saw him and Hardy on set. Hardy was in charatcer the entire time.
     

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    I had to wake up a totally wasted Elisha Cook Jr at a party at Telluride in the early 1980s. He was out of it, but didn’t respond badly.

    Have had a chance to meet many over the years. The directors I treasure the most (Frank Capra, Michael Powell, Sam Fuller, Budd Boetticher among the veteran greats). Jim Jarmusch had good weed, Quentin Tarantino likes talking about movies, Robert Altman was quite friendly, Martin Scorsese also likes talking about movies. Jonathan Demme is indeed the sweetheart everyone says he is.

    My dinner with Vanessa Redgrave is something I’ll remember as long as I live. A bit reserved, but once she trusts you, she is an amazing conversationalist. Spent some time talking to both Jack Lemmon and Dustin Hoffman, again both quite friendly.

    Here’s my ultimate story though –

    I was in Cannes. October Films (then a leading specialized distributor) was handling Condo Painting, a doc about an artist.

    Condo had designed the apron for the Monte Carlo Theater (the one seen in The Red Shoes). It was being dedicated before a ballet performance, with the company under the patronage of Princess Caroline.

    I was invited (cajoled?) to leave Cannes for a day to attend events surrounding this – a screening of the film first in the Monaco Public Library auditorium (which was like a typical grade school auditorium in the US), While there, I noticed that Monaco resident Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach were also there.

    We (I was with two US specialized execs who were friends of mine) went to the theater to see a ballet performance. Somehow we got reserved prime seats; Ringo and Barbara were in the balcony.

    The last event was a dinner. Not formal – it was buffet. We grabbed our seats, but waited forever for the buffet line to form – protocal says that when a royal hosts a buffet, she goes first (who knew?).

    Caroline finally finished being hostess schmoozing with the patrons. We got our food.

    We get back, and three obnoxious wealthy types had taken our seats, despite our having left stuff. They pretended they didn’t speak English, so we were forced to relocate.

    The only table with seats available were the one where Ringo and his entourage were seated. We slowly moved there, then apologized for asking, but said someone took our seats, and were these available.

    They clearly weren’t thrilled, but  didn’t stop us. So we sat down.

    It was awkward. They weren’t looking to engage us in normal conversation, and we didn’t exactly know how to act. One of our group (who is a major specialized exec now who regularly deals with stars, but then wasn’t so prominent) tried to push it a bit, but the other two of us tried to suppress him a bit.

    I hardly blame Ringo – poor guy clearly felt obligated to spend the day caring about ballet and a doc he’d otherwise never see. But however awkward, being able to say I had dinner with a Beatle is pretty special.               

                  

    If you dont mind me asking, how get you get so many chances to meet wondeful people. Hoffman is one of my all-time favorite actors. 

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    Most of these were because of my professional activities. It’s much easier talking to people if there is a connection/context.

    I am actually fairly shy in social settings. But I was able to walk up to Hoffman at a charity event a few years ago where he was a host. Between who I was working for (someone he had previously been associated with) and my opening line (I told him the first time I saw him was in 1968, which immediately caught his attention) it was quite easy to go up to him.

    At that same event, I talked to Patricia Hitchcock while we were waiting in line for car valet. When she found out for whom I worked, she asked for a favor for her granddaughter.

    Another fun one was sitting next to Janet Leigh on a commuter plane flying to Denver after Telluride where she had appeared. It was a bumpy ride over the mountains, and she was fairly frightened. She admitted her fear (I avoided the obvious jokes about how much she was part of many people’s fears) but I started talking to her about her daughter’s career, and she calmed down. When we said goodbye in Denver, she was profusely thankful – she said she’d never been so scared in her life. 

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    allabout oscars
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    I have been fortunate enough living in New York
    to have met many celebrities over the years walking
    in the city, at stage doors after shows, in Central park,
    even on the subway…

    Without a doubt, my thrill was to have met the wonderful
    Anne Bancroft (which many of you know was my all time
    favorite actress)..not only once, but twice..and the most thrilling
    part was that she remembered me…and my wife..

    Picture it, winter of 1980..freezing cold NY night in February
    and my wife and i had just seen GOLDA with Bancroft…after
    the show ended..it was snowing and we wanted to wait for her
    at the stage door…it opened…we snuck in and waited in the alley
    and nobody came out for 10 minutes and nobody bothered us..
    Then Anne walks through the interior door..approaches me and my
    wife who were so beside ourselves that we instinctively invited her
    out for coffee….she chuckled, thanked us and said that “she had to
    meet a very funny man at home”…and of course we complimented
    her fabulous performance and I rambled on about her brilliance
    in  THE GRADUATE, THE MIRACLE WORKER, THE TURNING POINT
    AND THE PUMPKIN EATER.. she smiled, thanked us and went off into
    the night…as she entered her limo..she opened the window and waved
    back at us..

    Now, cut to her next play a few years later.. the disastrous  DUET FOR ONE
    which co-starred Max Von Sydow…Anne was brilliant of course and after the show
    we did the stage door wait once again….After what seemed like 45 minutes..she
    exited the theater, headed for her car…and noticed me and my wife near the curb
    holding our playbills…The great star recognized us..smiled..and told her driver
    to allow those 2 crazy kids to come into her car…where Mel brooks was waiting
    for her…we climbed in…were absolutely speechless and Anne Bancroft introduced
    us to her husband and said to him that she thought she found her most ardent fans
    in us..!!!!  She asked us if we wanted to join her and Mel for coffee because she
    remembered our offer a few years earlier…we were speechless… and beside ourselves
    and of course said THANK YOU YES !!!  we then proceeded to a hotel coffee
    shop somewhere north of the theater district…and the 4 of us shared a booth for
    about 20 minutes..and to this day I  dont think I have ever been more overwhelmed
    by this great ladie”s generosity and wonderful hospitality….after we chatted for a while
    and they shared a few personal anecdotes about their careers…she apologized for
    being tired, put us in a car..which took us to our apt…and the 2 of them went  up
    to their suite in the hotel…..to this day, i think it was the sherry Netherland…I have met
    STREISAND, JULIE ANDREWS, MADONNA,  and many other big stars…but nobody
    will ever come close to the thirll of meeting Anne Bancroft… and every day. we both miss her
    as a person and as a great talent….

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    Boidiva02
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    I guess the biggest name celebrities I ever met are Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green, Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford.    I met this entire group, plus several others when I was my college TV Production class took a trip to New York and we had the chance to attend a taping of the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith”.   At the time, this sitcom, which starred Ford, Ripa and Ted McGinely (who I also met) co-starred a young and then mostly unknown Megan Fox, and her boyfriend at the time (her now husband) Brian Austin Green made a surprise appearance in the audience.

    My impressions were very positive overall;  Faith Ford was extremely nice, down to earth and sweet.  She was truly a mother-figure to everybody around her and treated everybody well.    She was open to taking questions from the audience in-between takes and engaged me personally when the audience warm-up person found out I was a fan of Faith’s from “Murphy Brown”.      She was impressed that a guy in his twenties knew so much about that show, and asked me several trivia questions.        Kelly Ripa was mostly nice, but at times came across a little bit snobby, or maybe that was just my general impression.  I will tell you though, as thin as she looks on TV, she is even thinner in person. 

    Megan Fox was very nice, kind, down to earth. Nothing like she is portrayed in the media. Granted, this was years before her seemingly sudden rise to fame with “Transformers” and she was very innocent looking then.   In-fact she looked so different that I recall when she first got all that attention in the press from that movie, I didn’t believe it was the same girl.      

    Ted McGinely, who was on that series as well gave a very good impression. He was nice.   

    Brian Austin Green was extremely handsome in real life, stunningly so, and very tall. He was the only one that wandered into the audience and shook hands with fans, especially the female fans.

    Other than that The biggest celebirty I ever met is Meredith Viera.   On the same class trip I was able to attend a taping of “Who Wants To Be A Millonaire” and though I didn’t officially “meet” her, I did get her attention by screaming (after the taping ended), “I LOVE THE VIEW!!!” (she was still on the talk show at the time) and she said “A MAN said that?” and then I of course said “I’m Gay!”…

    I’ve also met a varitey of Daytime Soap Stars, and Reality TV stars, mostly from MTV’s “The Real World”.  I won’t bore you with all the details on that one, however, I will mention that in a twist of absolute great conincidence, that very first celebrity of any kind I ever met was very ironically, Mark Consuelos, who is Kelly Ripa’s husband.   This was many years earlier in 1995 or 1996.  At the time both Kelly and Mark were on the ABC soap “All My Children” and had just announced their pregnancy with their first child; and had eloped to get married, In Vegas (I think) and they were both scheduled to do an in-person apperance at a local Mall in my area.  Well, due to her advanced pregnancy Kelly’s doctors had advised her not to travel, so she didn’t make it, but Mark did.    The Turn-out was higher than expected and the lines were very long.  Fortunatley, my mother and I, had been among the first people to arrive and were like second in line for the autograph and picture section. There was also a Q&A session.

    Anyway, my general impression, besides the fact that Mark was STUNNING, is that he was very nice, kind and sweet. Who would have guessed nearly 10 years later I would meet Kelly!

    I will tell you about one celebrity I tried to meet, but was unable to:

    —Back in 2003/2004 at the height of the “Newylweds” reality show fame, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were scheduled to do a autograph signing and Q&A at a local Wal-Mart near my college.   My friends and I arrived very early (Like 7 or 8 am) for the 11am event, and were close to the first to arrive, but nobody expected the turn-out that happened, it was PACKED.    The crowd was so large that, there weren’t enough security or cops to cover the event, and for whatever reasons, they decided to cancel the meet and greet and Q&A. The only thing they allowed us to do was to buy copies of the CD at a discounted price.

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    I met Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry at a fundraiser back in 2010 in Los Angeles.  They both were very nice, but I had more of a conversation with Marla Gibbs and she was so down to Earth. 

    I also met Stockard Channing and Judight Light after a show of their play Other Desert Cities in New York City.  They both were also very nice.  I told Judith Light that there should have been a spin off from Ugly Betty with her and Vanessa Williams.

    I also met Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen after a play that Debbie Allen directed called Immediate Family in Chicago.  They were also down to Earth.  

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    I am an extras casting coordinator in Louisiana, because of that I’ve meet two people – Cheri Oteri at a wrap party…she was very nice, we watched the director, Steve Miner play pool and talk about how bad we both were at pool.

    On a job I had a meeting with the asst directors and Bruce Willis who was to be a co star and the director of the project.  He was very late, and made several jokes during the meeting. A nice guy.  The project folded before filming began.

    Before extras casting, I had a job as a PA for the Lifetime channel exhibit at the 2004 cable television convention in New Orleans.  The Hallmark channel exhibit was right next door and Patty Duke was there taking pics and giving autographs.  I told how much I loved she and Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER and that I’ve tried to watch as much of her work since my first viewing of TMW.  She was incredibly sweet and gave me a hug. 

    I also met Kim Hunter about 14 years ago or maybe moore.  She was judging the Stella screaming contest at the Tennessee Williams literary festival and after it was all over I went up to and requested an autograph.  She said no that she didn’t want to start all of that and walked away.  I looked around at the crowd and no one was even looking at her as she walked down the street with somone to the next event at Le Pettite Theatre du Vieux Carre.  I wanted to shout out to her that Lee Grant should have won the oscar in 1951! 

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    I’ve told this story before but I’ll tell it again. Most fortuitously, I had a chance to spend some alone time with my beloved Sissy Spacek.

    I had wanted to see her for years, so would faithfully attend Sissy TIFF movies and the rascal would show only at the movies I wouldn’t be able to see – was at ‘night Mother, Hard Promises, was not the screenings I went to – The Long Walk Home (only Whoopie showed),  The Grass Harp (almost everyone but Sissy appeared). Finally, the stars aligned and I saw her at the In the Bedroom Screening, not at Tuck Everlasting, but then again at North Country when 3 oscar winners appeared from 3 consec decades (Frances & Charlize included). Then she was scheduled to appear at the Get Low world premiere. And then by bethrothed surprised me by saying he won tickets to an after party. I asked him which one and nearly died when he said Get Low. The event approaches and after the Get Low screening we’re acosted on the street by someone in a limo who demands we get in to be driven wherever we want, so we get driven to a teeny tiny ultra glam club by limo to the after party. We meet Bill Murry (very nice) and see Robert Duvall. Then Sissy is in the corner chatting with someone. Finally, my hubby grabs me and marches right up almost into Sissy’s face and the person she’s chatting with leaves. Siss grabs both of our hands as hubby introduces me as her biggest fan. I say I’ve admired her work for years, saying basically that she elevates every film she’s ever appeared in to art (at least the parts she’s in). She is the most engaged, gracious, charismatic star I could have ever imagined. So nice and down to earth and sweet. She says we make her night at the end, after doing a Carrie impression. Was quite wonderful to have finally talked to a person I’ve admired for decades. We walk by Jack Fisk and I wish I had complimented him on his work also, but maybe next time.

    Sissy’s Badlands will screen at TCM in April so maybe she’ll be there? It’s also a relatively intimate environment. If not, she’s speaking in Toronto in May at the Unique Lives series, so I’ll see her then. 

    Scott’s Janet Leigh encounter interested me given her flight fears. I thought about this while I was at the September 11 Memorial pools where the Twin Towers once stood this weekend. The names of all victims appear. I saw Barry Berenson Perkins name in what appeared to be a special corner place, the wife of Anthony Perkins, Miss Leigh’s co-star in her most famous role. On Monday, I saw Tilda Swinton in a glass box at MOMA. Anyone else see her?

    I hadn’t realized she might be an exhibit when I saw a striking blond sleeping in a glass box at the back of a video installation of large elephants walking on a revolving floor. I didn’t know who it was and wondered if the “creature” was an actual person, so beautiful she was in all her resplendent platinum blond hair glory. She was breathing lightly so her chest was going up and down ever so slightly, but I though it might be some kind of animatronic thing.

    I was wondering what might happen as the gallery closed so wondered back and asked someone who it was in the box. They said Tilda, then it all made sense.

    Big burly guards hustled us museum attendees out before the goddess herself emerged from her gilded cage. Made me wonder what it would be like to be stuck in a box for hours being stared at. Certainly an exercise in self control from Tilda’s perspective. And what fun to add “living piece of Moma art” to one’s life experience.

    I also had the pleasure of seeing a vertical Tilda speak at a special TIFF talk during the festival when We Need to Talk About Kevin was screening and she was just as spectacular awake as at rest. A true work of art in every sense.
     

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    Speaking of TCM and Alec Baldwin, I saw an encounter with him and a lady. The lady wanted to impress her male companion by walking up to Alec and “being friendly”. She had evidently on set with him and had met him before. She asked Alec if he remembered her. He said no and she seemed somewhat crushed as she was clearly wanting to introduce him to her friend. Seemed a tetch mean on his part, particularly considering it was the opening film at Grauman’s Theatre and so a quite fancy red tie type of event.

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    I met Queen Latifah. She was eating dinner at a resturant i was in. She seemed very upset so i kept it short and just told her she was a really good actress. Her girlfriend gave me and my friends a really nasty look and signaled for us to leave. So we did, to give Queen her privacy. Queen was really nice but her girlfriend on the other hand was a total bitch from the moment we walked up to her table.

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