- Grandpa Munster, who elbowed me into oncoming traffic in Toronto.
Keanu Reeves, drunk off his ass but still gorgeous.
Mayim Bialik, who nearly ran me over in Los Angeles and sped off after she realized she fucked up.
- All of these are from about 20 years ago:
Cher, sweet, nice to everyone she encountered and very, very tiny.
Charleston Heston, shocking amount of charisma, tall, strapping and the most heinous toupee I've ever seen.
Meryl Streep, shy, guarded. Everytime she had to walk outside, it was as though she wanted to morph into the buildings. A dedicated wall-walker.
Art Linklater, one hell of a grumpy bitch. Could have taken over Andy Rooney's spot as America's grouch.
And I'll throw this one out even though I didn't meet her, I just saw her jogging on a deserted downtown street very early one morning in Raleigh NC of all places. It was Taylor Dane (in town for a concert) and she was wearing a LEOPARD-SKIN PILLBOX HAT. I kind of hated her and loved her at the same time for that.
- Joan Rivers -- Mother Theresa with a facelift.
- Ellen burstyn she was in houston about 15 years ago. In a play. She came to a screening of her oscar winning role in alice doesnt live here anymore at a nearby theater. Sat down right in front of me at the end. So cool. Very sweet and down to earth.
I've worked as a celebrity journalist.
I understand now when people say you don't want to meet your idols, but I still wouldn't have traded the experiences for anything. Most of them were pretty nice.
You just can't 'cast' them in the movie of your life the way in which you'd like.
Rosie said that to Oprah once; that she'd cast her in a particular role in the movie of her life and she had to come to grips with the fact that O didn't know it and wasn't playing the part.
- These go back a long time as well:
Jane Fonda. Wound-up like a cheap watch. It's a big scary world she lives in. I'm surprised she's managed this long.
Ed Asner. Nice guy almost exactly like his grumpy old man character in UP, but a softy underneath.
Jesse Jackson. What OP said, and the man could charm the birds out of the trees in real life. Good sense of humor.
Robin WIlliams. Prick, but maybe it was the cocaine talking.
Chevy Chase. Bigger prick, even with the cocaine talking.
John Travolta. Probably the most naturally polite and captivating human being I've ever met. When he looks at you and smiles, the man glows. Watch that movie where he plays the angel-that's Travolta in real life (and I knew him before Saturday Night Fever).
John Belushi. Incredibly self-centered jerk. Ditto his buddy Aykroyd.
And I knew Art Linklater, too. He wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire unless there was a check in for him at the end.
- President and Hillary Clinton - gracious, polite, and very charismatic.
President (then Senator) Obama - shy or aloof, in his own world.
General Wesley Clark - short. Polite yet solid demeanor.
Janet Napolitano - odd, socially akward, not given to conversation. I might add one of the homeliest women I have ever seen.
Tammy Faye - warmest human being I have ever met, radiated sunshine. Probably not that bright, but who cares with a personality like that.
- Dave Grohl: Awesome...totally down to earth and the polar opposite of the pretentious fuckwad he's entitled to be
Taylor Hawkins: Stuck up diva (granted, he was a drug addict at the time, but still...)
Corey Feldman: Attention-starved, but nice
Don King: Grandfatherly and really really nice...over the top and HUNGRY
Jeanne Moos (CNN reporter who does the quirky stories): She was nice enough I guess...kind of passive aggressive, but also very witty and sarcastic...just as lesbiany in person as she is on TV
Jann Carl (formerly of Entertainment Tonight...unless she still comes on): Pretty and perky
Laura Bush: Shy and surprisingly pretty and petite (she looked more pear-shaped on TV)....amazing hair
Chuck Schumer: Friendly, but also kind of loud....he's bigger/fatter than I expected
John Oliver: Cute, funny, nice...oh, and cute
Anna Marie Horsford (the mom from Friday and Dee on The Wayans Bros.): She was surprisingly glamourous...very theatrical, but nice.
- R7, I'm curious what kind of setting you met Hillary Clinton in. I know three people...one Democratic, one Republican, and one fairly apolitical (and hard to pin down). All 3 were in the military when they ran into her and all 3 had horror stories. I got the impression that if she's at a fundraiser or public event, she knows how to turn on the charm. They experienced her interacting with aides behind the scene and she was blunt, dismissive, and had a great knack for disregarding the existence of anyone she wasn't addressing. Meanwhile, everyone I know who's met Bill Clinton has said that he oozes charisma. When he gets upset, you definitely know (hear and feel) it, but he also is good about not talking down to people or letting tensions fester. Oh, and my stepmom met him once and said that he had freakishly long fingers (of course a woman would notice that).
- Miss Peggy Lee
Judy Garland( we were extremely young)
- Ann-Margaret, Eddie Murphy, Billy Joel, Rosie, John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Whoopi, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Kathleen Turner, John Waters, Mink Stole, Gilda Radner, Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Patrick Wilson, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Patty Duke, Laura Linney, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ian Mckellan, Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and a few hundred more.
- Listing names without the anecdotes is pointless, R11. Please see better examples above (excl. Mrs. PC).
- Could you go into more detail about Jane Fonda R6?
- or Patty Duke?
- Mel Brooks - the man just radiates "funny" even when he's not trying to be.
- Roseanne - nice as hell wore a GIGANTIC rock on her finger
Don Johnson - lush, down low bi, eager to speak to fans
Sharon Stone - too thin, stoned, nice to fans, reported to have done GHB with her hairdressers
Nic Cage -stoned off his ass at the DNA Lounge
Bret Spiner - Data from Star Trak. Total prissy star, no autographs then turned around and told me to follow him on twitter, ha, ha. NO.
Lon Anderson (yeh I know, she's a no-body) nice
Bonnie Raitt - gracious teeny tiny lesbian!
James Brown - a gentleman
Ray Charles -back when he was shilling Pepsi -well pressed, tall, nice to fans
Dave Chapelle - attention whoring in from of Johns Grill, his wife seemed abused
Larry Ellison head Oracle - Nicest billionaire ever, with a serious fetish for Asian chicks
Sinbad - tall, attention whore, puzzled that not many knew who the hell he is
Robin Williams - drugged drunken attention whore
Sean Penn - total bipolar cokehead blase yet always checking to see who is checking for him
Justin Timberlake - stepped into a bar on Hayes or was it Franklin Street? He pings.
James Franco - gay stoner, like, duh!
Ian Hunter (old English rock star) Nice, moody
Scads more but its time for brunch, toodles!
- Jimmy Stewart -(80's) so kind, just like you'd imagine
Timothy Hutton -(right after winning Oscar) Major Asshole
Tina Turner- classy, shy, sweet, caring
Brian Wilson- damaged, not there
Val Harper - a doll. Nicest person you'd ever meet
Princess Grace (1976) - Heavy, hair in scarf, had light blonde peach fuzz
on face-supposedly, Marilyn had same thin-on screen, made them 'glow'
Prince Albert (1976)-skinny, balding, pimples everywhere-not pretty
Stefanie Powers-sat next to her last week-looks fantastic for old broad-totally in shape, a few wrinkles,but not super botoxed
Kirk Douglas- MEAN,MEAN old man
Pia Zadora-really lovely, but huge face/ head -seemed sweet (at CVS)
(Her ex) Meshulim Riklas- saw him in L.A., at Spago. Creepy old guy-
with obvious paid hooker. Isn't he wanted for tax evasion ? Didn't seem to care who saw him.Pig.
Joe Namath- too pulled, bizarre looking. Drinkers face (rosacia nose)
Patrick Shriver- more geeky, than hot. Tall skinny. Saw jogging, shirtless. Face all broken out.
- Godzilla. Much taller in person . Horrible halitosis. Radioactive but polite.
- Along with bigger and fatter, Schumer has a huge bald patch. You can see it when he leans forward when reading his scripts.
- RE: Justin Timberlake - stepped into a bar on Hayes or was it Franklin Street? He pings.
R16, have always liked Justin Timberlake and although I have never met him, I always thought he seemed like family. Is he as cute in person as he appears on televison and films?
- [R9] I met her at a fundraiser and was a volunteer for her campaign, I got to drive in her motorcade and observe behind the curtain. I have heard the stories as well. I have worked with several political campaigns and the political wives are either haridans or convenient props. I have seen many political wives verbally destroy staff in public. It really isn't a pretty business, in fact I think it is worse than people think. Paranoia abounds. Living through 20 years with Bill in Arkansas and then a tough 8 years in the White House, I think would make anyone brittle. Of course the haters can say what they want and they will. I think she's a tough broad who's been around the block and doesn't back down from a fight.
Boxer is the real screamer.
- Goldie Hawn - an absolute doll.
Joe Namath - during his glory days, very nice man.
Don Imus - Prick
Clay Aiken - thought his shit didn't stink
- Carol Burnett -- great gal.
Valerie Harper -- as nice as could be.
- Cynthia Nixon -- guarded but very nice
David Duchovny -- very nice
Alan Cumming -- very nice
Ellen Burstyn -- snob
Polly Holliday -- complete bitch
Fran Drescher -- sweet as pie (her parents, too)
Ron Howard -- also very sweet (his wife, too)
Malcolm Gets -- very nice and DTE
Chris Noth -- very nice
Richard Thomas -- very nice
- Three Divas -
Bette Midler. A friend took me backstage at the Greek Theater after one of her great performances there. I was at the buffet table and she came over and stood next to me.
"Is this stuff any good?" she asked.
I turned. It was Bette, but wearing horn-rimmed glasses, a white artist smock, and jeans, her hair a pile on her head.
"Um, I don't know," I said, and scotted off like a little Nancy girl, completely redfaced and embarrassed.
My friend, who set it up, said Bette just shrugged and went back to munching on the carrot sticks.
Patti LuPone. Serious but really nice. Especially to her fans. If you're loyal to her, she's loyal to you. Our famillies knew each other and Patti was the star of our hometown theater group. She told me she was going to have a big career years ago, and I definitely believed her. She was born that way.
Lily Tomlin. Flew out to Monterey to see her show with my ex, her number one fan. She's taken a liking to him and they've become friends. After the show, we went to a restaurant, about six of us. Lily sat opposite me and she is definitely the least diva-like of them all.
She told amazing stories - making Tea with Mussolini with Cher and Maggie Smith -- and dealt with a fan who came into the restaurant and sat down next to her.
"And you are?" Lily said, dispatching the girl like a pro before going on with her story. The check came, she grabbed it, and waved and made funny faces as she pulled away in her limo.
- Howie Mandel - drugged out of his mind and utterly fascinated by watching his hand slde down a stairway bannister ...like his face was 4 inches from his hand as he s.l.o.w.l.y let his hand travel down the rail. Afterwards, an utter prick.
Chris Rock - shy, reserved, polite and almost a wallflower. Then dynamite on stage.
House of Pain ( song : Junp Around). Stoned out of their minds. Complete and utter fucktards. Thought they were the musical geniuses of the century.
Belinda Carlisle - sweet but flaky ...spoke fluent French to a friend for most of the pre show time.
- There are many, but here are just a few...
Janet Dubois (Willona Woods from "Good Times"): She lived in my building in Atlanta many years ago, until she apparently hit hard times and had to sell and buy a cheaper condo farther downtown. She was always upset about one thing or another and complained constantly to the HOA board which I served on a a few years. Her biggest beef was the fact that all the deeded garages were already taken and she had to park in an assigned space. She constantly bothered tenants who owned 2 car garages (myself included), asking if they would let her rent space for her car (until she was told to stop bothering people). She played the star 24/7 around the building as if she was Garbo. She usually acted as if she was French royalty until she got mad about something, then the Willona Woods would come out. Always had to make an entrance even if it was into the mail room. No one was sad when she had to sell out and move
Mel Torme: I've told this one here before so I'll make it short. I cooked dinner one night for him and his hottie drummer when they were playing a date at the former Atlanta Fairmont Hotel next to my building. Nice guy (but you could tell he had a sketchy past), queer as a $3.00 bill, had great stories about old Hollywood royalty he was friends with.
Linda Ronstadt: Way back in the early 70's. I was visiting friends down in Statesboro, Ga. and she was playing a date at Ga. Southern College (now Ga. Southern Univ.). We went and after the concert one of my friends (a student at GSC) needed to stop by his locker on a sub level of the Field House where Ronstadt performed. As we were walking down a hallway we saw Ronstadt sitting on a bench in a locker room. She looked up and smiled and said "HI"! We just stuck our heads in the door to tell her we enjoyed the concert, but she wanted us to come in and talk. Very sweet, personable gal. Wanted to know everything about us. I came away very impressed by her.
Tim McGraw: Met him at a social gathering through a close friend (now retired) who was a big player in the recording industry. Staggeringly handsome, smelled like a million dollars, much taller than I expected, and much more muscular than expected. Incredibly sweet disposition and clearly knows the effect he has on people, men and women alike. Loves to hug (even if he's just met you). When he's talking to you the rest of the world may as well not exist as you're the only thing on his mind. Never takes his eyes off yours when he's talking to you. Just reeks self confidence. He has an amazing memory. When he was leaving the party he went around to personally tell those he'd met just that night goodbye and he remembered every single name (at least 15 people).
- Anyone met any directors--Nolan, Bay (yeah, I know douchbag fetish here), the Cohens...
Would love to know what they were like. I always assume they have an on and off switch like actors.
- Wow, that's impressive about Tim McGraw. I don't care for his music, but I have to respect someone who can deal with people like that.
- Lynda Carter, after her excellent cabaret show at Feinstein's a few years ago. Lovely, lovely person and looks 20 years younger than her age.
- OP is blind as a bat.
- Ann-Margret, told this before...I helped her when she was in my city for BLWIT. Absolutely lovely woman, it was an honor to take care of her for two weeks. We still correspond.
Also nice were Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Shirley Jones, John Denver (GREAT tipper), Hayley Mills (another lovely woman), Petula Clark, Dick Button, Michelle Kwan, DanJansen, Janet Evans, Peter Frampton, Rip Taylor.
Nastiest were Gallagher, and the worst of all was Diahann Carroll. I've told the story several times here of what an asshole she was.
- Clint Eastwood--pleasant, but aloof. He's all business.
Goldie Hawn--very sweet at first, but becomes a bitch if you take too much of her time. I think she's a phoney.
Ellen Degeneres--Really depressed. I thought she was going to slit her wrists at any moment.
- R7 responds well to sociopaths.
- Tiny Tim, long after his career had peaked (flashed?). A gentle soul and a truly nice man with an encyclopedic knowledge of popular tunes from Tin Pan Alley and Vaudeville.
Completely insane and Earth was probably not his home planet, but not the joke he was made out to be.
- Agreed, R34. Sad that many take all of these people(not just the four mentioned) seriously.
- I've met many celebrities, but the one who stands out as the warmest, kindest, most interested in you, is Olivia Newton-John.
I've met her many times over the past 30 years or so (we have a mutual friend), and she has never been a diva. Always really down to earth and friendly. She is one of those people who has a natural glow that comes from the inside. A beautiful lady, with a beautiful voice and a caring heart.
- Liza came to my house for dinner last spring. I made her meatloaf. She was very sweet and gracious.
- I met the macaroni and cheese from Home Alone. Gracious, well mannered, and cheerful, but dumb as a box of rocks(or macaroni).
- David Lee Roth - waited on him at a takeout place. I was too busy to chat or pay much attention to him, but he quietly left me a $20 tip on a $12 order. So cool guy.
Wayne Coyne - smart, funny, no internal monologue but cool so he gets away with it.
Jack White - charming, polite, very tall, way sexier and better looking in person.
Meg White - really nice but extremely shy.
A girl I met got to sleep with Sergei Fedorov back when he was young and hot. She just said he had extremely powerful thighs.
- John Goodman: mercurial, unpleasant and doesn't bother with any niceties. If he doesn't want to be somewhere or doing something, he's truculent and nasty.
Bryan Batt: gentlemanly, gossipy, courtly in an old-style queen way. Nice man (but his partner Tom is half-nuts).
Patricia Clarkson: grand but warm at the same time.
Harry Shearer: agreeable enough (people who know him better than I say he's mellowed). Wife Judith is a ring-tailed bitch.
- Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Obama, lots of Congresspersons and Governors, a half dozen billionaires.... Obama was humourless, odd, cynical, but ever so controlled and polished, over a whole day.
- Depressing thread.
- Jonathan Winters - lovely and a real connisseur of antiques.
Kirstie Alley (early 90's) - very down to earth
John Barrowman - might have been having a rough day but was a bit tense and curt the day I met him.
Cyndi Lauper - total doll.
Gladys Knight - lovely
Nickleback - band is okay, Lead singer thinks he's God's Gift to everyone.
- bump for fun goss
- I met Jane Fonda at a GCAAP fundraiser quite a while back. She is a kind lady from the heart. I had to go to the event with my aunt because that is one of her charities.
We got there really, really early and all because my Aunt wanted to see if anyone would need a hand. Jane Fonda was already there and was helping with the seating because there was not enough staff to do that. My aunt (who is very much a lady of a certain age) told me to help Jane because I am a rather tall Lesbian and so I did.
Jane thanked me kindly and gave me as big a hug as someone of her wee height could to someone as tall a myself. I am a five foot eleven Lesbian who weighs about 145. Jane Fonda is easily all of five foot four or so and weighs next to nothing.
Sweet as sugar that one. And she totally believes in the work GCAAP is doing!
- Colin Farrell - So beautiful in person! He smiled at me and I remember nothing else. I heard he was a lovely man - again, I was catatonic after he smiled at me.
Bette Midler. Nearly walked over me, as if I was sidewalk. Mentioned it to a co-worker. She said she was on Christopher St and Milder walked right through a man and he called her a bitch. She seemed startled.
Robert DeNiro - Surly, jumpy. Nerves on every bit of flesh. Not mean, just felt he wanted to get away. Did not speak with him.
Matt Dillon. Yum. Seemed to be a happy guy, but disconnected from the people he was with. Cigs in his T-shirt sleeve. May have been humming.
Kathleen Turner. Someone asked her if she was Kathleen Turner. She said no. I laughed softly and she smiled at me. Did not become catatonic.
Meryl Streep, getting off the what? #7? at Spring St. Carrying a bag of groceries. She was at the door and I looked up. I said, "Hi." She said "Hi."
- Cool story R47. I'm fonda Fonda. I heard she makes no bones (pun intended) about swimming in the ladypond from time to time, and I heard she sometimes takes, um, the masculine side in her hetero relationships as well.
- r48, isn't DeNiro supposed to have a 30-40 year heroin habit?
That might account for the jumpiness.
- I almost knocked Greta Garbo over on the corner of 53rd and 2nd one year. We were both coming around the corner of a building at the same time. She stopped and looked up at me. She died a year or two later.
- I have met several at the store I used to work at up on Madison. Liza Minelli is definitely a stand out. Just as sweet and unguarded as you wouldn't believe. A bit coo-coo crazy but in the in the most perfect way.
I remember she was talking about how they media was saying she appeared drugged at a performance. She literally fish-hooked her jaw with her finger and showed me the filling she had put in and told me she was under the influence of whatever medication the dentist gave her. True or not it was unbelievable she showing me. She had nothing to prove to me.
Another time was when she had just wrapped SATC2. She told me she was doing the Beyonce number and literally did her choreography in the store giving me a mini performance.
Later I looked out the window and she was hanging out on the street having a cigarette perched on the scaffolding waiting for her car to arrive.
She held the door for the UPS man. Basically she is everything you hoped she would be and more. She is down to earth, unpretentious, unguarded to the point you feel you want to protect her.
- If the Freeper scum on this thread have no anecdotes to contribute, please shut up.
- [quote]She literally fish-hooked her jaw with her finger
Literally? Ouch, that had to hurt.
Anyway, she sounds like a doll. Thanks for the story.
- Ditto, R53 re: R52!
- I keep misreading this thread title as:
Which celebrities have you met in prison?
- ... Sorry ... Ditto R54 RE R52.
- What is BLWIT?
- [quote]Which celebrities have you met in prison?
That's funny. Actually, that could be a whole new thread.
- "I almost knocked Greta Garbo over on the corner of 53rd and 2nd one year. We were both coming around the corner of a building at the same time. She stopped and looked up at me. She died a year or two later."
My ex had a similar encounter with her. He was walking his dog Rosie on 2nd avenue and while waiting for a light to turn, an older woman came over and started petting her. She exclaimed "she is so beautiful."
He at first was a little dismissive and muttered "yeah" not looking at her. Then she said more emphatically "No, you must believe me - she is beautiful." This time, he took a good look and it was, as you guessed, Greta Garbo. She was staring up at him with dark glasses on.
The ex said he literally gasped and Greta then quickly hurried away. This was in 1985.
- met Sheila E back stage at a Patti LaBelle concert. Very nice woman; obviously a little butchy and 'with' Patti. That was in the late 80s early 90s when E was playing with Prince. Then I saw her at her own concert years later in 2005; she was playing with her father at his club in California. She obviously remembered me. She had the stage manager bring me one of her drum sticks.
Patti is a doll. Very flirty, with everyone.
Magic Johnson on Paradise Is... total tool.
Sugar Ray Leonard drunk out of his mind and being escorted out from a Black Caucus event.
Gloria Steinem - in the 1970s - aloof, self involved, impolite and catered to the males in the room. I was very young and very broken hearted.
Rita May Brown - went to her reading of RubyFruit Jungle - i was not 'legal'. She tried to pick me up.
Tina Turner - very sweet, and surprisingly non sensual. Comes across like a pleasant school teacher.
Jagger - really really tiny. Nice enough.
Al Jarreau - ass hole but must admit he was rightly upset about the stage accommodations for his show. But he was brutal to the staff.
- Tony Danza, he was friendly but I met him in NYC when he was walking around self promoting a broadway production he was in.
- R61 are you a woman or is Rita Mae Brown bisexual?
- [quote]The ex said he literally gasped and Greta then quickly hurried away. This was in 1985.
Imagine how he'd gasp if it happened again.
- Mariah Carey - Her stepson was going to the same fat camp as me and she came to visit. Total bitch. One of the other campers hugged her and she threw a fit about no one touching her in a real passive aggressive way.
- Ginger Rogers-sweetheart.In a wheelchair, only a year before she died .
Still had long blonde hair, but seemed like she'd had a stroke. Had slurred speech, but eyes still sparkled. In Palm Desert.
Lucille Ball- once at Builders Emporium (in 70's-pre Home Depot), in West L.A. Was with chauffer, and woman seemed like assistant. Look-
ing at cheap wallpaper. Pale, smoking, voice like a man's. Scary.
Jagger-old, craggy, ghostly pale. Put his girlfriend, & small daughter in a
Maybach, then left alone in another. Bel-Air Hotel brunch.
Johnny Mathis- (in 80's). Cruising me, as I jogged through Bev. Hills. Asked if I wanted ride. Very Handsome. Kind of regret I said no.
Ella Fitzgerald. Was in grocery store (no longer there) at Santa Monica /Doheny, in WeHo. I sneezed, and she turned to me and said " You be
sure and take care of yourself young man.Don't catch cold" She was with her driver, who then helped her out to this amazing silver Merce-
des from the 50's. Later, I saw her in an Amex magazine ad, sitting in the rear seat of that car , with the top down. Very sweet, classy lady.
Jimmy Kimmel, last month, at DWR, on Beverly. Was with girlfriend, I
guess. Much better looking than you'd think. Taller, not as fat.Even handsome.
Owen Wilson- Whole Foods. Looks exactly like on screen, Not attractive to me. That nose is frightening. Seemed like nice guy though.
- [quote]One of the other campers hugged her and she threw a fit about no one touching her in a real passive aggressive way.
Hello, lots of people don't like to be hugged or touched by strangers.
- Celine Dion: very nice and warm.
Linda Lavin: a cunt.
Ali Larter: hot and nice.
Chaz Palminteri: old, ugly and wrinkled.
That boy from Saved by the Bell. The cute one. Mario something? Hot and friendly.
Sorry, too many to list and I've lost interest in this post.
- [quote]Sorry, too many to list and I've lost interest in this post.
- "As we were walking down a hallway we saw Ronstadt sitting on a bench in a locker room. She looked up and smiled and said "HI"! We just stuck our heads in the door to tell her we enjoyed the concert, but she wanted us to come in and talk. Very sweet, personable gal. Wanted to know everything about us. I came away very impressed by her."
Besides having a bad cocaine habit, Linda Rondstadt used to fuck anything with a dick back then, she was one horny female. IIRC, she had fucked every member, pun intended, of her band.
If you and your friend, who went with you to the concert, are males, she probably wanted a threesome!
Considering her wild past, it's odd how she ended up: alone and very fat.
- Bill Gates - total geek
- Actors and film/television people:
Mark Feuerstein: Complete asshole. Arrogant, self-centered, pompous. Spoke in a special "theater" voice. This was in college, years before he became a celebrity.
Janeane Garofalo: Funny, sweet, self-deprecating.
Martin Scorsese: Manic, extremely friendly, extremely short; has an encyclopedic knowledge of film, which he talks about almost incessantly.
Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette from "True Blood"): Very sweet, but incredibly shy--so much so it seemed almost as if it were an act.
Joyce Carol Oates: Screechy, whiny, self-centered. Physically repulsive.
Toni Morrison: Huge diva, but very friendly and gracious. Has the hugest ass I have ever seen on any woman ever.
Cynthia Nixon: Very friendly and down to earth. One of the most intelligent celebrities I've ever met; also one of the least self-conscious. Acted as if she were a normal person and she just has a job to do: didn't seem aware of a celebrity persona at all.
- r. 72
Mark Feurstein is neither good looking nor talented. Since you went to school with him, can you tell us to whom he is related?
- Kenny Rogers.
He had a ranch near Athens, Georgia.
- So are there many celebrities who act like how R72 described Cynthia Nixon, or is that a pretty rare situation?
- [quote]Sorry, too many to list and I've lost interest in this post.
I only recognized one name on your list, I'm glad you kept the list short.
- Christopher Walken: Extremely tall. Polite. Reserved, but not unfriendly.
- r73: Mark F. is from a rich family. He was quite good-looking in his twenties (not so much as he has aged), and he continues to have (I have to admit it) a great body, even though he is short.
- Muhammad Ali - Spent 10 minutes shaking trying to get a pen into his jacket pocket while his entourage stood there. He was so focused on his activity no one wanted to interrupt him, and a crowd of people were in a circle 15 feet away from him, all around, watching. I couldn't - and I didn't take the opportunity to meet him.
Cleo Laine - Lovely, generous, funny, natural.
Jane Goodall - Absolutely, frighteningly authentic. Had a staff of fanatic chicks around her. Jane hated the thought that anyone would waste water and wanted bottled water - even open ones - taken to her hotel room.
Buzz Aldrin - Should have stayed on the moon. His wife of many years - aren't they divorcing now? - looked like the Moon Maiden in the old Dick Tracy comics.
Debbie Reynolds - Hated to be alone. Would talk your ear off and try to get you to stay with her. Eek.
Sandy Duncan - Talked about quitting coke because she didn't want her nose to collapse like Liza's did. Now that's a vintage one.
Don Grady (My Three Sons) - Smoked pot and was a real sweetheart. Straight.
Scott Bakula - Stupid, focused on himself. How did he ever have a career? Very homely.
- Trudie Styler - a totally delusional diva bitch, who comes from abject poverty yet acts like she's royalty, thanks to her very wealthy husband!
Years ago, a friend was a musical tech at one of Sting's Rainforest benefits at Carnegie Hall. My friend had no reason to interact with Trudie. He wasn't even a music tech for a member of Sting's band. At that time he was working for one of the guest musicians from Brazil!
For some reason, Trudie thought he worked Carnegie Hall, she started berating him about some backstage situation which was not to Her Royal Highness' liking!
My friend doesn't take shit from anyone, he stopped her rant in her tracks, he told her, he had absolutely nothing to do with the venue, he was working for one of the guest musicians.
Trudie was stunned that he interrupted her yelling. She was such a nasty bitch, she didn't even apologize.
My friend said the biggest joke was that she looked shocked that he yelled back at her. I don't know who this phony woman thinks she is, she's nothing more than a sometime actress who married a very wealthy rocker, Sting has afforded this nasty crone her posh life.
Trudie used to be his ex-wife's best friend, so that really speaks volumes about this delusional bitch!
Sting sure knows how to pick them!
- I met Jesse Jackson back in 1992 when he was running for president. He was tall, well-built, and strikingly handsome in person.
I met Bill Clinton at the same event. He was taller than I thought. He was wandering down a hall by himself and he asked me and my friend for directions to a room in the convention complex. In retrospect I think he was on a pussy hunt.
- Joan Rivers - Hard to be around because she looks so grotesque. But mutual friends never tire of recounting her many acts of kindness to people in trouble.
Camryn Manheim - A little pushy but a lot generous and sweet.
Janet Jackson - Insincere. Self-involved. Uninteresting.
- G.W. Murphy - Decent and courteous man. Met him in a XXX Bookstore in Austin, TX back in the mid 90's; didn't know who he was until someone asked for his autograph, by then he and I were getting acquainted with each other (Common interest). We became friends for a few years when he was teaching at a nearby college. Lost contact with him around '99.
Alan Seuss - Fun and nice looking; not at all as flaiming as he was on TV back in the 60's and 70's. Met him at a gay bar in Austin, TX in the early 70's when he was in Austin playing a Dinner Theater. Had a couple of dates with him (Good kisser, very well endowed!). I stayed in touch when he moved back to his home country of Canada but lost contact after a few years.
- Gerald Ford - dismissive
Lily Tomlin- smaller than I thought she would be, friendly
Geraldo- a short shithead
Diane Sawyer- tall, attractive, pleasant
Brooke Shields- close to 6 feet, very polite, beautiful
Melissa Etheridge- not attractive but at least friendly
Jesse Jackson- tall, imposing prescence
Bryant Gumbal- quite handsome and friendly
Reggie Jackson- pompous asswipe
Sally Field- friendly and tiny
William Hurt- not handsome like in his early days, strange acting
Tom Cruise- friendly , handsome, but very short
Joe Biden - pleasant, but hair looked strange like hair plugs
Spike Lee- short little piece of shit
George Hamilton- tall, tan, handsome, and nice
- "Liza came to my house for dinner last spring. I made her meatloaf. She was very sweet and gracious."
You know what washn't so shweet? The horrendoush gassh your meatloaf gave me! Way too many onionsh.
- Former "Survivor" contestant Terry Dietz. Meh. Seems like an OK guy, I guess, but has an awfully high opinion of himself. Wife has a very large, very long stick inserted right up her ass. Kids seemed well-behaved and polite, though.
A bunch of professional tennis players. Most have been very nice, and the few instances that have been awkward are more the result of language barriers than people being nasty. Among the nicest and most down-to-earth were Amelie Mauresmo, Lindsay Davenport and Mardy Fish. Also, golfer Rory McIlroy (and if you follow golf and/or tennis, you can guess which tennis player was with him).
- Oh dear....are these really the only celebs you have to share [R86]?
- Tsk tsk
- LOL, yes R87, at least the only ones I have met in a casual setting.
I've encountered others in a more formal "meet and greet" setting (Ron Howard, Pierce Brosnan). But it seemed pointless to mention, because the whole point of the encounter was "meet and greet" so being personable and gracious is them doing their job, not necessarily who they are.
- Which celebrities are stupid? I think that a lot of them are dumb and I'd like to hear about them!
- We were cruised by Arnold Schwartzenegger for about 20 seconds in 1983 or 1984 on Main street in santa monica.
We were cruised (heavily) by Warren Beatty(at the next table with a fish) for about thirty minutes in an Italian restaurant in Bel-Air in the late 1990s.
- In no particular order:
JoAnne Worley: Very nice, but crazy, like a kookie aunt. Saw her last year at an animal charity fundraiser and she looked EXACTLY the same as she did on Laugh In. Screaming, flailing her arms, waving her feathered boa all over the place.
Lily Tomlin: Nice, I was a little star struck and probably came off as an idiot, but she was nice enough.
Ina Garten: Saw her 2 months ago at Fred Segal in LA. A big super stretch limo pulls up in the parking lot, and Ina and an assistant get out, and Ina is barking at her assistant the whole time.
Sally Struthers: Saw her in a gas station a few years ago. She liked my convertible and said she always wanted one. Also a little kooky but very down to earth, very warm. We were both gassing up at the same time.
Sharon Osbourne: Nice, foul mouthed but nice.
Taylor Dayne: Cool. Was at an event where she got a little drunk and when the dj played TELL IT TO MY HEART, she screamed out, 'finally some good music!' (really)
Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out: Incredibly nice and warm and nothing at all like he is on tv. Really nice...and much better looking in person.
Holland Taylor: Ran into her at a local market a few years ago. I had asked for a sample of something in the deli and she asked me what it was, so I gave her a piece of my sample, and she just took it. I mean, it could have been poison for all she knew but I guess I have a trustworthy face.
Mindy Kalig: From The Office, rode in the elevator with her a few years ago. I blurted out, "OMG I NEVER DO THIS BUT I REALLY LOVE YOU ON THE OFFICE," and she seemed to genuinely enjoy it.
I'm sure there are more but it's late and I'm falling asleep
- Michele Bachmann - complete wackjob, keeps calling, thinks she knows me personally.
- Erik "Mystery" von Markovic (Online): Read the internet, believe what you ant. Never met him in person (thank God) but was offered a chance to "Wing" with him in 1998 when we were posting to the same internet message board. Also most of the other "pickup artists" were unknowns back then. Not too fond of them.
George Plimpton: Walking his dog on East 72nd Street, neard the FDR, one morning, just quiet and kept to himself.
Bishop Sheen: Former neighbor, used to see him in the lobby of my building while waiting for cabs. Quiet, old, religious, nothing controversial.
Michael Rappaport: his mom (June) and mine were close friends, so I got to know him and his siblings. Spunky kid, but nice at heart. Not shocking at all that he'd turn up in films. Very charismatic, but Mom never liked me hanging out with him.
Rodney Dangerfield: Former neighbor, used to hit on my Mom (both were widoweed) in the elevator. Very quiet, expected to be left alone, had a BIg bus that used to take him to his gigs. Chris Rock once commented that he went into Catch A Rising Star in his robe, and that was not uncommon, as he would often walk outside in it. He actually got a rent-stabilized apartment in the building when he was in construction, and kept it as the area gentrified.
Walter Mondale: Talked to him on the phone once from his campaign HQ. Was "starstruck" but now would just laugh. Think he was trying to rally the lost cause. Election night '84 was a MORGUE.
Diane Lane: former classmate (HS) and cousin's ex-girlfriend. Ate Thanksgiving dinner with her in 1982. Very nice, very polite, but I didn't get along with my cousin so I almost never talked to her. Thankful she took him off the market so he wouldn't hit on any other girls in our school.
One of Mario C uomo's daughters. In a bar in Albany, NY when I was sixteen. No comment.
Cynthia Nixon: former gradeschool classmate. Brilliant, bit of a teacher's pet, big into school, while I used to cut 60-80 days a year. She calls me out on 77th and First in 1982, I don't even recognize her at first. We flirt for ten minutes until our friends give us dirty looks. No sex and the city resulted, and becauwse she could never find a comparable male, she eventually became a lesbian (j/k). Natural BLONDE btw.
- Forgot to add:
BOB BACKLUND: he's getting into a cab in 1979 outside MSG after his match. I say "how about a handshake?" He stops, walks 150 feet over to me, shakes my hand, then goes back tohis cab. Very conscious of his role-model status at the time. I was extremely impressed. He didn't have to do it (waving would have been fine).
Don Iums: I volunteered at a show he did to raise money for some cause. No comment.
Rick Hanson -- subdued, but pleasant and friendly.
Goldie Hawn -- a genuine sweetie -- disagree with R33 -- she's not phony.
- One more:
ANTHONY MIRRA: most violent mobster in NYC history, the guy who let "Donnie Brasco" into the mob. Mom's ex-bofyriend. I see him talking to my (separated) mother in the driveway to our building, and I go up to him to give him the third-degree. He humors me while being ultra-polite, even when I ask him "so what do you do for a living?"
I guess the Italian in him respected me for looking after my mom LOL.
- [quote]or Patty Duke?
I know Anna, R14.
Having heard the hundreds of horror stories prepared me for the worst, but when I met her, and her husband Mike, I could not have been more enchanted. It may well be that she was in a "good" period, or the meds were working, but for whatever reason, she was warm, funny, self-deprecating, and utterly enchanting. And all our subsequent encounters have been just as nice.
I suspect that the horror stories are true; I have just managed to catch the best of Anna, rather than the worst of Patty Duke.
- Pardon my ignorance, but who in the sam hill is G.W. Muprhy? And yes, I googled and didn't see anyone who looked like a celebrity.
And as far as Scott Bakula being "homely", well that is the best looking homely man I've ever seen. The face may not be classically handsome, but DAYUM that is one fine lookin' feller! Even now, in his elder years, he's a fox. But when he was younger, no one had a finer buttisimo in some tight jeans than Bakula.
- "Trudie Styler - a totally delusional diva bitch, who comes from abject poverty yet acts like she's royalty, thanks to her very wealthy husband!"
R80, do'ya think Trudy had plastic Surgery? Do'ya? Just the thought that some girls are required to suck that sea hag's pussy in her & Sting's swinger lifestyle gives me da wiles. *shiver*
- I think the most surprising thing in this thread is the fact that Fred Segal carries clothing in Ina Garten's size.
- "We were cruised by Arnold Schwartzenegger for about 20 seconds in 1983 or 1984 on Main street in santa monica.
We were cruised (heavily) by Warren Beatty(at the next table with a fish) for about thirty minutes in an Italian restaurant in Bel-Air in the late 1990s."
Walter, stop making shit up. I know what you look like and no one is cruising you.
- Melanie Griffith--was introduced to her in an elevator I was frustrated and in no mood to be bothered so I gave her the cold shoulder, not realizing who she was. She even tried to engage me in a conversation and I just brushed her off. Friend who introduced us asked me later if I realized who she was.
Beth Grant--wonderful character actress. fun to talk to about theater and acting because shes one of those who sees it as "the craft".
Margaret Cho--fan meet and greet so doesn't really count. She was approproately friendly but you could easily tell she wasn't really that engaging.
Dakota Fanning--a mix of normal teen girl and extremely professional.
Elle Fanning--absolutely sweet. Very friendly and cute as a button.
Joe Mantagna--really nice, thoughtful guy. He was talking to his daughter and me at the time and he made some fatherly advice comment to his daughter and made one little non-sequitur comment in "fat Tony"'s voice. It was hilarious.
Stephen Spielberg--nice enough but a little aloof. No surprise.
Timothy Busfield and wife--really nice and down to earth. He complimented my complexion and said he wished he had my skin tone! Ha ha ha.
Bunky Whatshisname from big brother a few years ago--uhmmm...probably exactly what you'd expect. We went out a couple of times (as friends). Really insecure and quick to emotion. Very needy.
David Cross--not much here. Just stood behind him in line at Ralph's but it was weird because he was speaking in a way to draw attention to himself, just slightly louder than normal. I thought it was strange and transparent.
Probably others but this is what I can remember.
- I saw Cher getting into her midnight-blue Jensen Interceptor at the CBS Studio in Hollywood. She's tiny.
- Michael Bergin--met him when he was modeling in the mid 90s (before his Calvin Klein ads). He was very flirty! I was too young and insecure to know what to do with him so it was a hugely missed opportunity. I was sitting at a desk and he came up behind and leaned his body against me and gave my shoulders a few squeezes. I could actually feel his cock pressing against my shoulder blade!
Donna Karan--flighty, demanding, funny.
- r103--you are a guy? if so, you have just confirmed the Michael Bergin rumors that have bene around the web since the late 90's.
- R98 Patty/Anna started taking meds for her bi-polar during the waning days of her marriage to John Astin.
She was fully medicated when she met her current husband Mike, and continues to be so.
- Patricia Clarkson - As incredible in real life as on screen.
Rosie O'Donnell - Funny, Loud, and NICE!!!!
Barry Manilow - Incredible, Uptight DICK!!!!
Liza - Gregarious, but incredibly nice
Susan Sarandon - Down to earth, and REALLY funny!
- Got in an elevator at the Plaza with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Both were in formal attire and both very charming and engaging. Danson was more handsome in person.
- R108, do you know if Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon are friends in real life? The both appeared in "3-Way (The Golden Rule)."
- "I met Jesse Jackson back in 1992"
Jesse is said to be 'of the persuasia'.
- Yes, I'm a guy. Can't say for sure if Michael is truly gay or bi or whatever but he was very flirty. At the very least, he's one of those straight hot guys who's so narcissistic that he just likes being considered attractive by anyone. I did hear stories that he pawed some high profile celeb photog (a guy)like crazy at a bar one time. But he might have just been trying to goose his career.
A Jensen Interceptor ? I've never heard of that kind of car.
- R99, sorry for the errorenous last name; it was G.W. Bailey (Not Murhpy). I had too many smart cocktails when I posted that list. His most memorable role was as Lieutenant Harris is "Police Academy." I went to a local after hours restaurant here in Austin once with him. I am so happy that I am not famous because it's a pain in the ass to not have any privacy in public. We were trying to talk and eat a bite when people would interrupt us and ask for his autograph. I remember he handled it very well and was extrememly friendly and courteous to even the drunk woman who sat down in the booth uninvited! Here is a short clip from one of the charities he sponsors.
- I've never seen one, but a Jensen Interceptor is mentioned in a Dave Edmunds' song: "He kept her in a Jensen Interceptor."
- Thanks R114 for clearing that up. Now I know who you're talking about. WOW, I had no idea he was into the manflesh! Finding that out is almost as surprising as finding out that Earl Holliman is gay as a Christmas goose.
- R116 in all honesty I believe he is one of the true bisexuals. He would come to the XXX bookstore with beautiful young women sometimes (Hookers?). I do know that he and I have the same taste in men, specifically, clean cut, frat boy types. We both had sex with one of the bookstore regulars who turned out to be a USAF Fighter pilot stationed at the old Bergstrom AFB here in Austin (Long story how I found out he was a fighter jock). I remember that he would chide me for smoking cigarettes, which I quit about 10 years ago; and me, being a dried out drunk, I used to lecture him on the evils of alcholol as he admitted that he had to get loosened up before doing the nasty with men.
- Margot Kidder (after the nervous breakdown): lovely, personable and highly intelligent. Good sense of humor about herself and her mental health.
Annette Bening: Sweet, kind. Felt like meeting royalty. She has a clam aura and is simply beautiful with little makeup. She gives you her full focus when talking with you.
- Candice Bergen: met her when she was a customer of a store at which I worked. A sweet, funny, generous lady.
Sly Stallone: short, inarticulate boor.
Patrick Stewart: very nice, very congenial.
David Ogden Stiers: if you mention MASH in his presence, expert the worst, and that can be pretty ugly.
Alex Baldwin: i hear he has changed, but when we met - and we met n a number of occasions in the early '90s - he was funny, engaging, and a good guy.
Michael Jackson: oh, that was just weird. Weird. And he was traveling with thee nobody guards and a bevy of little boys and girls.
- [quote]David Ogden Stiers: if you mention MASH in his presence, expert the worst, and that can be pretty ugly.
How about North and South II? Where he tricks Kirsty Alley into bed and she coolly takes her revenge?
- Arthur Laurents is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.
This is the weirdest flower society meeting I have ever attended.
- "Gregarious, but incredibly nice"
Why would that be a "but"? Do you know what "gregarious" means?
- I don't understand the "Cher is tiny" posts. The woman is 5' 8 1/2" and wears heels.
My parents dragged me on vacation to Florida the summer of 1981. My mom is Southern and fond of ex-Pres. Carter, so we made a side trip to Plains, GA. About 8 dusty, desolate hours later we arrived in what appeared to be an abandoned town, frozen in 1949. After wandering around for a while, we drifted into a candy store. Then there was a commotion and in walked Rosalyn Carter and daughter Amy and some Secret Service types. We were kind of catatonic, then my mom asked the cashier if she'd ask if we could take a pic with them(!). She did and they did. Or I should say, I snapped a photo of my parents flanking R + A. They were cordial and had bright, shiny smiles in the pic. And my dad had it published in our hometown paper.
- Carson Kressley- hit on me when I was just 19. Ew.
America Ferrara- very nice, very professional. Looks gorgeous in person.
Amber Riley- that fat black girl from Glee. She sang live for a charity event and it was amazing!
Rufus Wainwright and bf- bf was super protective of him, definitely acted more jelaous than you'd expect celebrity-spouses to behave.
Michelle Kwan- sweetie off the ice, diva on the ice (when she wanted to practice, everyone else had to clear the ice even though we payed for ice time!)
Evan Lysacek- gayer than any queen on this thread, and he actually has no idea that he's gay (sad, but true that people can be this delusional)
Gavin DeGraw- happy drunk, but an alcoholic nonetheless
- Fiona Shaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a : tending to associate with others of one's kind : social b : marked by or indicating a liking for companionship : sociable c : of or relating to a social group
In that definition, ASSHOLE, where does it say "nice"?
- [quote][R99], sorry for the errorenous last name; it was G.W. Bailey
Thank yew, Lt. Provenza.
I think by 'tiny' they mean slender not short.
- Rufus D-List? Royal Opera House London for a week this summer. Surely that converts to B-List in US currency.
- oh,yes, we almost forgot...back around 1979 we used to see Miss Patrick Stewart(before she became famous) in the Santa Monica YMCA sauna. A very strange, unpleasant queen with M.A.S.S.I.V.E. uncut horsemeat. We seem to recall a strange tattoo, possibly on the horsemeat.
- I don't know if anyone gives a damn about theatah stahs, but...
LuPone: Generally nice and the Italian Connecticut Suburban Mother if attention's focused on her, but if not then she gets passive aggressive, then silent, then a strange serial killer violent intensity until she's brought up again. It takes about two minutes of the conversation not being about her for her to cycle through all of those stages of dejection. When I first met her she was very kind and warm, but she drinks before she goes out, somehow more emotionally stable when drunk than sober.
Mizz Bernadette Petahs: Genuinely lovely woman through and through. Too self-involved to be interesting to hold a conversation with and god I can't stand the dog talk but she's so damn sweet that I feel like a huge douchebag for not being interested. The first time I met her she got in a tizzy "Do you want drinks? You do want drinks don't you. Oh come look at what I haaaavuh. Sometimes you say to people that you don't drink anything other than water very often, but sometimes we indulge." I was having a big Mary party in my head, OMG going to drink with BP!, then she leads me into the kitchen and says "So! I have hot chocolate and just look at all the different juices I have!" with this smug fucking grin on her face.
Betty Buckley: Flirting and drinking with young men the entire party. The one thing she said to me was "I'm about to go pray to my guardian angel over at the TOILETS ROOM so maybe I won't be as beer goggled in a few minutes, but can you reassure me anyway that that guy has a nice ass?" (He did)
Donna Murphy: Gorgeous and abnormally graceful but constantly posturing and neurotic to the point that she makes herself sick all of the time, hacking when I met her and every other time I've been with her, she has to have a pulmonologist on call for her throat issues, I have no idea how she gets on stage and sings and performs 8 shows a week like that. She does that ridiculously affectionate with everyone thing, always hugging and gets very close to you when talking and doesn't break eye contact. She's been with a nice girl lately though, seems to calm her down. Anyway.
Christine Ebersole: Inexplicably pretending to be a duck throughout the entire forty minute conversation I was brought into with her. I don't know why she was doing it or why it was so funny, I don't think we were that drunk. Completely out there.
- Rose Marie caught me looking at her from across the room and she winked at me.
I was cruised through the front window of a bistro by Matthew Broderick as he walked past it.
Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary gave me and my sister the stink-eye once for fouling his fresh air with our cigarettes as he rode by on his bicycle on a breezy esplanade.
- Help! I don't get the W&W post about Laurents. Does a flower society mean something i don't recognize?
- [quote]Help! I don't get the W&W post about Laurents. Does a flower society mean something i don't recognize?
A reference to THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962).
- R133, the post is a reference to the film The Manchurian Candidate.
- R133, it's from The Manchurian Candidate
- Ah. Thank you.
- The Manchurian Candidate? That old black guy, Denzel, and that wrinkled tranny were in it, no? Yuk. I think my mom made me see it when we were on a roadtrip. What's a manchurian, anyway? Some sort of orange?
- The last several posts in this thread belong in the "Let's pretend we're eldergays" thread.
- R131 I nearly peed myself with laughter at your Betty Buckley anecdote!
Thanks for the Donna Murphy gossip. So it's true then, she does have a girlfriend.
- Seth Green cruised me on the subway.
- I wish there were pictures of Mr.Stewart's reported "horsemeat" tattoo and all.
- [quote]Fiona Shaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And? I saw a couple of clips of her on You Tube and I was surprised to see that she's this outgoing, talkative, animated gal. Very smart, though.
- I don't care if IMDB lists Cher as 5'8", she is at best 5'2", R123.
In person, standing beside her while she is wearing flats, she is short. She is miniscule. She is little. She is a tiny creature.
- So Sonny was 4'?
- Rudolph Valentino
- I got an autograph from Kate Bush about 14 years ago when she was in NY promoting The Red Shoes.
She was tiny back then. Soft spoken. I must admit I do not remember much; I was completely stunned and tongue tied.
- Cedric the Entertainer - Only mentioning him because he seemed to think he should be getting more attention at the party, and proceeded to make his exit and walked into a closet. I watched him. He stayed there for a bit, like he wanted to make sure no one noticed. Then he slipped out and looked around and headed for the real door out. Hilarious.
Patty Page - Down to earth and fun.
Vincent Price - Too tired and distracted. He was just there to see his niece. But he was a gentleman. Coral wasn't there.
Hillary Clinton - This was when Bill was first running for office. I told her I really would have preferred it if she were the one running, and she just bugged her eyes and laughed and said "No way." We laughed but I said, "Think about it." Honest to God - it was fun.
- Was Nucky ever sent to prison?
- Cher was taller than Sonny. Maybe she has shrunk with age?
- [quote]Hillary Clinton - This was when Bill was first running for office. I told her I really would have preferred it if she were the one running, and she just bugged her eyes and laughed and said "No way." We laughed but I said, "Think about it." Honest to God - it was fun.
- I met one of the cats from Batman Returns. He acted like, well, a cat. You would've sworn that he was just any cat off the street. I got the feeling that he didn't even know he had been in a movie. Maybe cats just don't understand those things.
- I am a celebrity so I've met a lot. Here are highlights:
Liza: when I went to say hello to her, she grabbed my face and gave me her complete attention, What a moment.
Hillary: down to earth and real
Spielberg: told him I loved his work and he said he loved mine! He was probably saying that to be nice.
Mel & Anne: lovely lovely people
Brittany (Murphy): as fabulous as I hoped she'd be
Snoop: after talking with him, he said "later, nephew!"
Sandler: not doing his funny voice, not quirky, just a normal average guy
Ellen Greene and Gore Vidal: at the same time! Amazing conversation between me, the two of them, and my partner
And here's the best story because the celebrity came up to ME:
This is before I was famous. I had just sung at a little party that was also trying to woo people put money into a Broadway show that eventually flopped. As I was walking down the street afterwards, in my tuxedo, I heard a man say "excuse me." I turned around and it was Peter Jennings. He wanted to know what the party that everyone was coming out of was. I said "whoa, you're Peter Jennings." It was so cool. I answered his question and he introduced me to his girlfriend. We walked together for a bit as we were going in the same direction before splitting off. He was delightful. Sadly, he died not long after.
- Adding ANOTHER (why did I meet so many celebs in my life?):
MICHAEL LEARNED: met her at her wedding, when she married my half-brother in 1979. That's Momma Walton if anyone cares. She was rather aloof to me, but I was twelve, and she was older. She and my mom got along great, however.
- R132, if what you say about Matthew Broderick is true, he's married to Sarah Jessica Parker, best friend of Cynthia Nixon (they're partners in the Drama Department, an off-Broadway company, and have known each other since the 1980s), who came out as a lesbian.
What this means, I don't know, but it's interesting.
- To R145 and R150: Goddamn, you're both idiots. Let me break it down for you.
Cher = 5'2".
Sonny = 5'6".
Cher + 6-inch heels = 5'8".
- [quote]I am a celebrity so I've met a lot
I wonder who R153 is.
- R157, I hope it's Patrick Duffy!
- R155 actually Cynthia Nixon is bisexual not lesbian.
R153 isn't any sort of celebrity, just a waiter, and a namedropper. ;)
- R117 there are lots of true bisexuals, if you're sexually attracted to both men and women-you don't need to fall in love or have relationships with both genders-then you're bisexual and are a true bisexual.
What's with all of these people claiming that a certain celebrity cruised them?
They were probably thinking at the time, "Who the hell is that guy and why is he staring at me? Can't I go anywhere without being stared at by strangers?"
- I'm famous enough that you know who I am. I've been discussed in here. But it's pure D-list. Maybe C, I guess. Glad to say I haven't waited tables since 1998.
- Keep your identity to yourself and give us some dirt on others, deal?
- So who are you R153 or which TV shows or films were you supposedly in? Who is bisexual and gay and closeted as an actor or actress, or celebrity?
Besides the obvious ones like Kevin Spacey, Vin Diesel, Jean Claude VanDamme, and Travolta.
- I've met Cher several times and she is nowhere near 5'2". I'm 6'2" and she is not a foot shorter than me.
She is 5'7" without heels.
Friend of the Family
- I have some good dish, dammit, but if I tell it to you, you'll know who I am and I would piss some people off who probably wouldn't want to be friends with me anymore. Sorry. If I can think of anything I CAN share, I'll post it.
- Just tell us everything in a very low pitched voice to obscure your identity.
- Im the one who asked about him on the gossip redux 2 thread. Has anyone met Stephen Colbert on here?
- They were never good friends to you, anyway. Just tell on them! I've heard them talking about you behind your back. Plus, they smell.
- I love R131 - great descriptions.
- Dionne Warwick: very gracious, friendly and happy to give you her time. Nothing like the harridan she was on CA.
Whitney Houston: same night as Dionne, totally off her face. Talked in overly loud, affected short sentences so the whole room could hear. Didn't let go of Bobby Brown the entire time.
Rafael Nadal: friendly, talkative (gorgeous accent). Not nearly as well-built as he appears on TV.
Kylie Minogue: an absolute sweetheart who comes across as totally unaffected by, but appreciative of, her success.
Pet Shop Boys: self-deprecating, intelligent and (surprisingly) don't follow the current pop charts. Happy to chat about anything particularly politics.
Kelly Clarkson: (just as her second album was about to explode) really laid back and not fussed by the fact that her car was not there to pick her up at the airport. But even though she seemed to have a great relationship with her band, she would not ride with them.
- R164 queen please you just wish you knew Cher.
In the rock and roll royalty thread this queen claims that Cher paid for all of Gregg Allman's medical expenses when he had Hep C treatment, and a liver transplant which is not true since Gregg is not poor.
- When I was around 5 years old, my mother took me shopping and we were standing in at the register. The woman in from of us was Joan Baez and she turned around and looked down at me tilted my face up and said Ah, your son has incredible beautiful eyes. She was just a very nice person.
- [quote]Annette Bening: Sweet, kind. Felt like meeting royalty. She has a clam aura
Is "she has a clam aura" your way of saying she has a feminine hygiene problem?
- So which are you R153, James Franco or Ryan Gosling? If Spielberg loves your work, I'm guessing that you've got some degree of talent.. And Franco would totally troll DL!
- R153 isn't that young R174.
- R51, R60-
Sweet Jill Haworth (60's film star EXODUS, IN HARM'S WAY, original Sally Bowles in CABARET) who died earlier this year, had a Garbo story that she shared with her friends.
Garbo and Jill lived on the same block in the E 51st just off 2nd. Every morning Jill would be out walking her little dog Joey and she would spot Garbo walking her dog. Jill was very shy and she never said anything to Garbo.
One morning soon after Jill opened in CABARET, she was outside her apartment building walking Joey and Greta Garbo passed by. Miss Garbo looked directly at Jill nodded and said "Good morning, Miss Haworth" and in turn, Jill replied "Good morning, Miss Garbo." That was the one time they spoke.
- Years ago at was at Century City Mall in LA while waiting to pay at a large department store, John Davidson was in line and asked me where I bought my shoes -- Gucci classic loafers. He wanted to know if there was a Gucci's at the mall.
Then he took me aside and asked me if I could take off my shoe. Davidson said he wanted to see how it was made on the inside. Instead of looking at my shoe, he looked at my barefoot.
Was that a pass or what? Trying to figure it out to this day. Anyone have any clues? TIA.
- Gee, R177. I wonder...
(the medley that starts at :48 is the best)
- Sounds like John Davidson has some kind of foot fetish to me.
I still stand by my statement that Cher paid for Gregg's transplant and aftercare. I don't know why that chaps your ass so much. Gregg's not on food stamps for sure but the cost of his health care was a couple hundred thousand dollars.
I am a friend of the family whether you like it or not.
FYI: Cher's in Cologne,Germany visiting Elijah. He lives there now.
Friend of the Family
- Pedro Almodovar - amazing, sweet, intense and passionate. no, we didn't fuck - he is really all of those things just talking to him.
Gina Gershon - HOT. No joke. I chatted with her at this year's New York Film Festival and she looked stunning. She has a HOT TO DEATH silver daddy boyfriend too.
Sting and Trudie Styler. She was nice and animated, he was a little aloof.
Jim Parsons - really great guy. Not hung up on his fame in the least bit.
Antonion Banderas - sweet and good natured. Still a complete fucking dish at 51.
Michael Fassbender - made my knees melt. Very dashing and tall and handsome in person. Smokes like a chimney, drinks like a sailor. Totally gives you the vibe that he can throw down a mean fuck.
- R180, I totally believe you, but it's perfectly normal to be shut down on DL if you have any kind of insider info. That's why I do not share it anymore.
- [quote]Michael Fassbender - made my knees melt. Very dashing and tall and handsome in person. Smokes like a chimney, drinks like a sailor.
Does he have that yucky smell of cigarette smoke coming out of every pore in his body, like most smokers do?
- all of them
- "Does he have that yucky smell of cigarette smoke coming out of every pore in his body, like most smokers do?"
I betcha you're really fun at a party! like after a few cocktails you do that whole "pick up a beer bottle with your vagina" thing, right?
- [quote]I betcha you're really fun at a party! like after a few cocktails you do that whole "pick up a beer bottle with your vagina" thing, right?
No, I do that every day. Why wait for a party?
You sound charming.
- Donna Summer in an airport lounge in LA in the 70s. I was about 12. She was watching herself on some awards show she had taped earlier and was very self-conscious about the appearance. She was very nice and down to earth.
- [quote]So who are you R153 or which TV shows or films were you supposedly in?
Did you honestly think 153, who obviously didn't sign his name for a reason, would reveal his identity simply becuse you made this silly request? You must be new to the interwebs.
- If Cher is in Germany, she should stay there. America is a sinking ship that will be a fascist state by the end of the decade. Rich people might as well cut and run.
- In the late 1980s, I was sitting in an airport lounge, I caught John Davison staring at my socked feet, which I kicked off under a table.
I thought this only happened to me. Did it happen to anyone else?
- It's nice when people come and share. I'm thinking there is alot more sharing that could be done. Older celebs will tell their stories, younger people take themselves too seriously.
- R180, I believe you. Health care issues can bankrupt anyone who isn't Warren Buffet. Cher shoots from the hip (and has done so with her daughter and with Allman and with Sonny) but then comes back later after thinking about it with a more moderate or supportive position. Some of the nitwits on this board wouldn't recognize something if it ran up and bit them.
- R177/179/191, enough with the foot fetish nonsense. You are clearly making this stuff up.
- Patti Lupone - surprisingly very nice
- [quote] In the late 1980s, I was sitting in an airport lounge, I caught John Davison staring at my socked feet, which I kicked off under a table.
You kicked off your socked feet?
- "I don't care if IMDB lists Cher as 5'8", she is at best 5'2."
No, she is not. As anyone with eyes can see she is fairly tall, at least 5'7.
"I still stand by my statement that Cher paid for Gregg's transplant and aftercare. I don't know why that chaps your ass so much. Gregg's not on food stamps for sure but the cost of his health care was a couple hundred thousand dollars.
I am a friend of the family whether you like it or not."
For a well-off rock star a "couple hundred thousand dollars" is nothing. And that figure sounds suspiciously low for the cost of a liver transplant and subsequent medical care.
"A friend of the family?" Whose family? Cher's? Allman's? I find it difficult to believe that you anything whatsoever to do with either one of them.
- Bill Cosby - my mom used to work with the mother of the comedian who did routines in between setups for his "You Bet Your Life". He was very busy running around but did take the time out to come and say hello. The comedian, Louis Dix, is an absolute charmer and I thought he'd do better than he has. Debbye Turner, the 2nd Miss America of color was the guest on his show and she was a total bitch. Found out later that Bill tried to hit on her and when she rebuffed him, he was nasty towards her. Bill invited students from Temple U - they sat in the front two rows and it was a multicultural gaggle of entitled bastards - talking during Louis' routine and everything, even after people shushed them.
Eric Lindros - saw him on South Street one night with his posse. He was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers then - it was 93-94. Dressed to the nines and impossibly handsome. I said hello Eric and he said, "Dude, how are ya, eh?" and kept walking.
Dionne Warwick - nasty, demanding, homely in person. Treats people like shit if she feels they are beneath her.
Corbin Bernsen - saw him and his wife Amanda Pays at the Vancouver airport. Very short - shorter than I thought he was. Didn't speak to anyone. Had his kids with him.
- Dionne Warwick is well-known for smoking whenever and wherever she feels like it, even if it's in a non-smoking area. That right there tells me she's a cunt.
- Obviously a friend of the Allman family. Why are you such a jerk, r197?
Do you honestly believe that no one who knows celebs, talks? Grow the fuck up.
- Oh my gawd! [R153] is Neil Patrick Harris! I love you, I love you. Kisses!
- And smoking is what ruined her voice r199. Patti and Gladys can still sing, but Dionne's voice has dropped farther than Kim Kardashian's panties at a NBA keg party.
- Lol. 
- Thanks for posting, Mr. R153, you mysterious celebrity you.
Ignore the pests. We understand. But you can quit 'splaining yourself now, Lucy.
- Any stories about John Candy?
- "Obviously a friend of the Allman family. Why are you such a jerk, [R197]?
Do you honestly believe that no one who knows celebs, talks? Grow the fuck up."
Why would it be "obviously a friend of the Allman family?"
You appear to be an incredible ass. And what I believe (hell, what I KNOW) is that a lot of people who claim to know celebrities are liars. And it's you who needs to "grow up", you silly twat; you sound like you have all the maturity of a petulant, annoying 12 year old.
- Tanya Tucker in the now defunct Barnes & Noble in Chelsea for her book signing. Very professional, intelligent, direct. ..gracious to fans, posed for photos and would sign anything.
- Hugh Downs ...original 20/20 host...uber gracious and smart
Eddie Money...gorgeous light blue eyes...very cool
Ivana Trump...beautiful woman ...20 yrs ago..
- Natalie Portman....even without makeup, she still a beautiful girl.
Meet The Press David Gregory....was not impressed with him, very tall and stuck-up on himself.
- Kevin Richardson (formerly of the Backstreet Boys)- chatted and took a pic with him when he was on Broadway in "Chicago". All the actors were outside picketing and protesting the possible use of taped music instead of a live band. Very mellow guy, and just as handsome in person as he is in photos. I shook his hand after we talked and he walked to the end of the street and caught a cab.
Cal Ripken, Jr.- Met him at a signing and took a photo with him as well. Tall as fuck. Piercing blue eyes. I wrapped my arm around his waist when I took the pic with him. Nice, sturdy build.
Bill Ripken- Eyes just as blue as his brother's. Really down to earth. Took a photo with him at an Orioles convention. Leaned on his shoulder and did the "peace" sign.
Shawn Michaels- Got his autograph and took a pic with him at a WWE convention. Not at all like the flashy character he played.
Linda Blair- EXTREMELY tiny. Very nice and bubbly. Photo op with her at a horror convention in my city. I got her to sign my "Savage Streets" soundtrack album, and she said they had a blast filming the film.
John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jsu "Nick Corri" Garcia, Ronee Blakely from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films at a Chicago Horror Convention- They were all very nice and personable (John Saxon is tiny in person). Met and took photos with them all at their tables, and conversed with Heather and Ronee seperately while I was having lunch and they were walking by.
Robin Thicke- Saw him perform live at a CD realease party and got him to sign a CD and photo op with me. Very bright smile and eyes. He was glistening with sweat from his performance. HOT.
Ace Young from American Idol- Met him when he was in "Hair" on Broadway. Cool, sincere dude, and very good-looking.
Bo Bice, also from American Idol- This was before he cut his waist-length locks. Genuine and very laid-back personality. A little shy. Made note that he saw me in the audience singing along when he signed my CD.
The Naked Cowboy- Met him in Times Square. Very muscular-I wanted to grab his package LOL!
- I met Donna Summer at a book signing (her autobio) back in 2003 and she was really lovely to everyone.
- Met M. Night Shyamalan at a bookstore (remember them?). He was looking at DVD's with his son. Very soft spoken and very nice. Limp handshake.
Met Joe Biden while waiting for a table at a restaurant. It was a BYOB. He asked me where the closest store was to buy a bottle of wine. He is very tall, very fit and very handsome.
- "Met M. Night Shyamalan at a bookstore (remember them?). He was looking at DVD's"
Did he select anything that surprised you?
- Cher is taller than 5'2". I ran into her a couple of times in Boston in the 1980's. I'm 5'3", she is at least 5'6". The weird thing is we wore the same Levi size, 27 waist and 30 inseam.
- I love how this thread has gone into a death spiral over Cher. And there are those who say this place is no longer Gay . . .
He was in the children's section looking at DVD's with his son (The Last Airbender, perhaps??). I really wanted to ask him what he was looking for, but I thought that would have been too intrusive. But I was curious. He was very unassuming and polite. Very deep, dark eyes.
- Thank your, R216. You have a very literal mind, don't you?
"I really wanted to ask him what he was looking for, but I thought that would have been too intrusive."
And with that, you've pretty much explained what his strategy was for making people sit through his films.
- [quote]"Met M. Night Shyamalan at a bookstore (remember them?). He was looking at DVD's"
[quote]Did he select anything that surprised you?
One of his own?
- Has anyone ever met Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? He always comes across as a very cool, appreciative guy.
- r219, supposedly on the DL, back in the good gossip days, someone's boyfriend(IIRC) claimed to have hooked up with him.
If that person is still here, maybe they'll share details.
- Marlene Dietrich. Drunk. Excellent facelift. After the stage door autograph signings and kisses and flinging of photos, she sat back in the limo looking like little elderly Prussian general with smeared lipstick and a very good wig.
Scott O'Hara: a lost boy. But intensely charismatic and body-wise dazzling both front AND rear: the arse as extraordinary as the penis. Both simply undulated as he walked. As voluptuous as a Third Empire courtesan.
Rupert Murdoch (before Wendy): dusty. A wee crumpled thing in a cheap suit that looked more like a failed antique bookseller than a billionaire.
- Shaun Cassidy. Total closet queen. God, is he hot in bed. Best fuck I ever had (and I've had many).
- How could anyone mistake Cher for 5'2"? Just watch the old Sonny and Cher Show clips. She towered over him. If she was 5'2", he'd have to have been a midget.
- I've probably posted most of these before, but whatever.
(From nicest to cuntiest)
David Tennant: basically an extraordinary person, would go out of his way for anyone.
John Barrowman (the whole cast of Torchwood, circa S2, were genuinely super nice, especially Eve Myles who is amazing): surprisingly capable of being very quiet and sincere and having a serious, thoughtful conversation.
Elijah Wood: had to sit in a massive lecture hall in the middle of a crowd of non-professional extras (mostly students from the college where they were filming) and was perfectly happy to sit there and chat with the extras all day, and remained seated there even during 5-10 minute breaks rather than waiting in the green room or his trailer. Only actor I've witnessed behave that way towards extras apart from David T.
Stephen Spielberg: everyone was petrified of him (they call him 'The Govner and everyone on set is told 'Do Not Fuck Up when the Govner is around' - tons of rehearsal and things before he arrives) but he seemed perfectly nice and low key to me. Super hands on unlike many directors and put the same focus and energy into every shot and every actor whether they were the lead or had one line. Appears to be shy when not working but I met him in work mode, so.
Colin Firth: Nice, professional, funny. Not OMG amazing just normal nice.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton: disappointingly totally normal and ordinary and like any other parents. (Met them in a parent-child situation, not acting-related.) Not celeb-ey in the slightest, want to be treated like regular people, happy to pitch in and get their hands dirty, and obviously really caring parents.
George Clooney: not my story but someone I know very well and trust (male) slept with him, said he was a nice, cool guy.
John Hurt: Nice enough, but kind of eccentric. Ducked behind a free-standing chalk board the second the director said cut and hid there every single second he was on set but not actually shooting. Maybe he's shy or something? It was weird because the chalk board only came from his waist to not quite the top of his head, so everyone could still see his lower body and top of his head. It reminded me of a dog that buries his head in a cushion because it thinks if it can't see you, it's invisible.
Patrick Stewart: couldn't get a read on him, sometimes he was nice, sometimes snobbish. He was nice to the cast but appeared at a Q&A for Hamlet and refused to speak to any fans. He's not obligated to, but it was a fan event. After he left through the back door he walked back around and stood in the lobby (immediately in front of the door where all the fans were leaving) for literally 15 minutes talking to the director and completely blanked all the fans who tried to speak to him or who hung around obviously wanting autographs. If he didn't want to sign or talk to fans that's fine, but a quick smile or 'thanks' or 'sorry I'm not signing autographs today' isn't hard. If you don't want to have any contact with fans, why would you plunk yourself smack dab in front of the door the entire audience who have spent the last 2 hours watching you act have to walk out of? Seemed like he he enjoyed making fools of them. On the other hand he helped my friend who was a quite low down crew member with a short film she was directing off-duty.
Kevin Spacey: I am female and therefore completely invisible to him, to which I thanked God every day that I worked with him.
Matthew Macfadyen: rude, not only won't speak to the 'little people' but makes a big show of overtly ignoring anyone he deems unimportant. Either cheating on his wife or their marriage is fake.
John Landis: extremely charismatic and again super hands on and focused, but for him the movie is everything and he will do anything to get the shot he wants, total disregard for anyone else's well-being or union rules. Kind of a joker type, liked to joke around even if it's obvious no one else finds it funny at all. Very nice and generous with his time towards fans.
David Bailey: domineering cokehead asshole who likes to ask peopleuncomfortable personal questions to disarm them and has no concept of personal space.
The two cuntiest, most evil 'celebs' I've ever met were both total Z listers (some guy who was on a reality show, and a minor men's magazine model).
- R224... You gotta tell us more about this Clooney stuff? Like, What does you friend look like? ( clooneys type?) How they met? All your friend said, he was cool? Give it some bones lady. Smile.
- This is not my story, but I thought I'd share anyway. I think I've told this one before on DL.
Anyway, back in the 1980s a friend of mine (an older gay man who is sadly no longer with us) had a restaurant in Fairfield County, CT. One evening, who should sweep in for dinner but Miss Bette Davis. My friend could not believe his eyes because the reservation was in the name of someone else in the dinner party and he had no idea she was coming. This was after her illnesses and she was very tiny and frail, but her mind was still sharp as ever. Miss Davis sat in the non-smoking section yet smoked like a chimney the entire time because who was going to tell Bette Davis to put her cig out? She had a great time with her friends, had three or four drinks despite her frail state, and seemed to thorougly enjoy herself.
When Davis was leaving, my friend approached her and chatted with her a bit, and got his picture taken with her. He told me she was everything you thought Bette Davis would be and despite her age and physical condition, she still had a real energy about her. My friend met several celebrities at his restaurant, but for him Bette Davis was the most memorable.
- I met Dominique Strauss-Khan in Rykers Island
- This is the kind of thread that makes DL worthwhile.
- agree r228
- R224 wrote:
[quote]Matthew Macfadyen: rude, not only won't speak to the 'little people' but makes a big show of overtly ignoring anyone he deems unimportant. Either cheating on his wife or their marriage is fake.
Really? Isn't he married to Keeley Hawes, of a thousand BBC dramas? Why do you say he was cheating?
- I met Chely Wright. I love this woman!!
- I couldn't agree with you more R228.
Ok! I have a Bette Davis Story to share with everyone as well. I too knew someone who met Bette Davis. I knew this guy who once worked at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. He said, they were making preparations for Bette Davis's arrival at the hotel because she was doing a show in the city. As she was walking towards her hotel room, she heard two maids that were getting her suite ready scream. She walked in the suite asking them what was wrong? They said there is a dead rat over there! She rolled her eyes saying good grief! She took her handkerchief and picked the dead rat up by its tail taking it out of the room. She threw the rat in the hotel garbage bin.
- Anyone have anything on Rufus Wainwright?
- [quote]For a well-off rock star a "couple hundred thousand dollars" is nothing. And that figure sounds suspiciously low for the cost of a liver transplant and subsequent medical care.
Are you serious? Honey Greg Allman's heyday was almost 40 years ago. The last time he was "well off rockstar" was probably 30 years ago. A three decade long drug habit, six marriages, and nothing in the way of a big hit in the last 30 years, do you really think he is still a "well off rockstar?" Good lord you are dumb.
- [quote]Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton: disappointingly totally normal and ordinary and like any other parents. (Met them in a parent-child situation, not acting-related.) Not celeb-ey in the slightest, want to be treated like regular people, happy to pitch in and get their hands dirty, and obviously really caring parents.
That's nice to hear. I love them even more now.
- He is still well off, dumbass at r234, the Allman Bros. are a huge concert attraction and tour every year. Also they still sell downloads and cds. Plus he wrote most of their songs, so he gets royalties. A major ad campaign used one of their songs for years. You're the dummy and you just got served, boo ya!
- [quote] Debbye Turner, the 2nd Miss America of color
She's the third after Vanessa Williams and Suzette Charles.
- [quote]John Landis: extremely charismatic and again super hands on and focused, but for him the movie is everything and he will do anything to get the shot he wants, total disregard for anyone else's well-being or union rules.
Tell me about it!
- [quote]He is still well off, dumbass at [R234], the Allman Bros. are a huge concert attraction and tour every year. Also they still sell downloads and cds. Plus he wrote most of their songs, so he gets royalties. A major ad campaign used one of their songs for years. You're the dummy and you just got served, boo ya!
You are one delusional fucktard. First of all there is one ONE Allman brother left, Duane died in 1971. Huge concert attraction? Sweets he plays small venues and casinos, often as a co headliner. Downloads and CD's? You really are fucking clueless. Downloads and CD's make an artist almost no money these days. Touring is how most performers make a living now. Allman has had financial issues on and off since the late 70's cupcake, I wouldn't be surprised if Allman didn't sell the rights to his music off like Sly Stone and Chuck Negron did.
- Only one person has met Keanu Reeves? There used to be alot of stories, now nothing.
- In one of the tabs, maybe National Enquirer or the Globe, they reported that Cher was helping Allman out financially with his medical problems. The story was about how she still had feelings for him even though he is married. Just saying.
- I like that, r199.
- Alanis Morissette - a friend and I saw her at a store here in Toronto right after that mega-successful first album. She was very friendly, chatty, and quite humble.
Kiefer Sutherland - a few years ago, my partner and I were at a deli and Kiefer walks in with his wife (I assume) and as he was walking by us, he sort of pushed my partner out of the way. I turned around and called him a rude asshole.
- Right on, r228.
- I've never heard anything good about Keifer Sutherland.
- "I've never heard anything good about Keifer Sutherland."
Agreed. Both is dad and his younger bro, Rossif, seem much cooler and down to earth.
- I've done some very high-end catering and PR events over the years, and have met many famous people. Actors, politicians, everyone. Many of the interactions were very short, but fun, and very telling.
Meryl Streep- Lovely, very pretty and so warm. It's all acting, but she's so funny and good at it, you don't mind being part of it. She told me that she loved me when I served her her dessert first. I told her that wasn't necessary, but she held my hand and kissed it! Corny, but what fun.
Signourney Weaver- The loveliest. Gorgeous, and radiant with excellent manners, and a wonderful personality. None of the showboating Streep indulges in, but she doesn't need to, she's the real thing.
The Dalai Lama- I was firmly instructed by the State Department NOT to address The Dalai Lama, except to say "More tea His Holiness?" The minute they turned their backs, I marched over and introduced myself to him at his table, shook his hand and complimented him on his speech and how wonderful it was to be there. He was luminous and gracious. He didn't want any more tea.
Hillary Clinton- I was serving at an unusual number of fundraisers for her years ago, all in different towns, and hosted by different groups. After seeing me three times in about a week, she looked me in the eye and said, "You! Do you ever stay home at night?" I thought it was very savvy and funny. A total pro, who does her homework. Note to self: Do your homework!
Mike Ovitz- Weird. Gloomy and uncomfortable. He seems like a man without a friend in the world. Not unfriendly though.
Cindy Lauper- Pain in the ass. Whiny. The type who complains about things like "Is someone SMOKING in this building!? I'm allergic!" High maintenance.
Super nice- Ed Asner, Mr. T, Bob Newhart, Valerie Harper, Sandy Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alfred Molina, Barry Levinson, Frank Marshall, Mike Bloomberg(!), Mike Nichols, Nan Kempner (RIP, Nan!), Antonio Banderas.
Weirdos, jerks, or A-holes- Diahann Carroll (takes the cake!) Mike Tyson, Debra Winger, Maureen McGovern, Mandy Patinkin, Christine Lahti, Adolph Green, Jane Alexander (Do you KNOW who I am??), Tony Danza, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Cosby, Polly Mellon, Bette Midler.
- That's awesome, R247. Thanks.
- [quote]Robin Thicke- Saw him perform live at a CD realease party and got him to sign a CD and photo op with me. Very bright smile and eyes. He was glistening with sweat from his performance. HOT.
You are so right. I don't think anyone realizes that Robin has a beautiful smile that lights up a room.
- Thanks r247!
Hmmm....Diahann Carroll is always mentioned on the cunty lists.
Surprised to hear anything negative about Tony Danza and Jane Alexander!
Also surprised that Mike Nichols wasn't at least a little weird.
- what was wrong with Christine Lahti?
- R247, I've told this before on Datalounge.
Tony Danza tried to pick up my partner on the Acela between Philadelphia and New York. We laughed. But, he was friendly and nice.
- Christine Lahti is complaining, demanding, and ultimately a bad tipper and a drag. Not Satan, but a total pain in the ass. Entitlement, I guess. Ask anyone who worked on Chicago Hope.
- I once had to fly on a plane with William Shatner. All I kept thinking about was that Twilight Zone episode they play every year where he thinks he sees a monster on the wing.
- “Michael Fassbender - made my knees melt. Very dashing and tall and handsome in person. Smokes like a chimney, drinks like a sailor. Totally gives you the vibe that he can throw down a mean fuck.”
Heavy drinkers are usually the worst in bed. Besides the horrendous smell of stale alcohol, they can't keep it up!
- [quote]Cindy Lauper- Pain in the ass
My suspicions have now been confirmed. Everyone seems to love her but she has always seemed to me to be kind of a bitch.
- “Cindy Lauper- Pain in the ass. Whiny. The type who complains about things like "Is someone SMOKING in this building!? I'm allergic!" High maintenance.”
Don’t remember if I already posted this in this thread and I’m too lazy to check....
Lauper and her husband, are, or were, renting in the grand UWS building The Apthorp (sp), which has since become a co-op or condo.
They was only paying $650 a MONTH, yet she was complaining it was too much, it was a sublet no less!
Lauper took them to court to get the rent LOWERED.
After reading shit like this, I have to wonder about this woman. A millionaire complaining about a rent of $650?
Meanwhile, the longtime residents in the Apthorp were afraid of being evicted and they weren’t even offered an insider price to buy their apartments!!
- R257 it us the principle
- HUH, 258?
No, it it NOT the "principle" if that's what you are inferring.
The fact that Lauper is wealthy and bitching about such a low rent is disgusting, meanwhile there were longtime Apthorp residents, people with regular jobs, school teachers etc, who feared losing their apartments when the building went from a rental to co-op or condo.
While Lauper was bitching about her low rent, TV journalist Steve Kroft was paying $6,000 a month in the same building! You really need to read about the history this building before commenting.
Unless you are a regular person who might be losing your apartment when wealthy people start infiltrating your neighborhood, you can never know what it's like to have to leave your home state because rents have become prohibitive for you to remain.
Then to hear a wealthy resident of your building is bitching about paying a LOW rent!?
Lauper needs to buy herself a co-op, condo or loft somewhere in Manhattan and just STFU! She is not going to live forever, she needs to let go of some of her millions. Cheap bitch.
- sorry to call out r153 (not!), but in the "celebrities I've had sex with" thread you had 2 consecutive posts, one said Barney Frank and the next said Nathan Lane, yet you didn't mention either in this thread...Care to explain???
- Barney Frank is nice and funny. We hooked up right after 9/11. I've had a great time when I've hung out with him. Haven't seen him several years though.
For awhile, my relationship with Nathan Lane was in my own head because he ignored me or rebuffed me for years. But eventually, he contacted me and we started chatting on the Internet, then the phone, and finally had dinner in person. We got along fine and I was surprised how open he was with me about how feels about certain people. We've had phone sex and as I said in the earlier thread, he invited me to his hotel room at the wrong time (I couldn't get away to meet him). I've never gotten the relationship with Nathan. Whatever we do (chat online, talk, meet), I'm always disappointed. I wanted more,
- r153, from what I've read about Nathan Lane on DL, you're so lucky you haven't gotten any further with him. I hope you find a nice chubby famous man soon who'll love you and treat you right.
- Barney Frank is always out with some new young guy. I think he has a problem with commitment.
- [quote]She took her handkerchief and picked the dead rat up by its tail taking it out of the room.
Oh, Blanche. Did you know we have rats in the cellar?
- [quote]Cindy Lauper and her husband, are, or were, renting in the grand UWS building The Apthorp (sp), which has since become a co-op or condo. They was only paying $650 a MONTH, yet she was complaining it was too much, it was a sublet no less! Lauper took them to court to get the rent LOWERED. After reading shit like this, I have to wonder about this woman. A millionaire complaining about a rent of $650?
They were not paying $650 a month, they had been paying $3,250 a month for many years ya dumb shit. And how the hell do you know she's a millionaire? Do you have access to her bank records or tax returns?
- [quote]They was only paying $650 a MONTH,
- Hear hear, R265! Why do people assume all celebrities are millionaires? How exactly is she making money nowadays? A Bones episode here, a Bones episode there? How much royalty money does she get from Time After Time, True Colors, and Girls/Fun?
- Cyndi Lauper is an American singer, songwriter and actress she has a net worth of $6 million. Cyndi Lauper has earned her net worth from her success in the mid-1980s, and has released 11 albums and over 40 singles. She was born and raised in Ozone Park, New York, she has been inspired by such well-known artists as Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Beatles. Lauper appeared on the ninth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, and she recently launched her own signature makeup through the Viva Glam at MAC Cosmetics.
- Barney Frank is a sleaze. He's learned absolutely nothing from the fiasco that nearly ended his Congressional career. No coincidence that his staff is never void of twinky gay bois...
- Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova. She was much shorter than I thought she would be and they seemed very much in love. He was funny and friendly. Really nice, normal people.
- Helen McCrory
Very kind and down to earth. Draws zero attention to herself. I interacted with her and her children for several months while her husband was on location. At first she always wore a hat and sunglasses but eventually started coming in without any effort to disguise herself. Pretty with no makeup on, too.
- Nora Ephron got into that Apthorp fight too and wrote about it. I don't begrudge rich people their apartments. And Cyndi has worked hard, scratching and clawing her way up the showbiz ladder. I knew a songwriter who'd written for the greats and was rolling in money, getting million dollar checks in the mail, and she still haggled. Look at Streisand.
- R224, tell more about your friend a clooney? Details.
- Madonna also lives at the Apthorp. I wonder if she and Cyndi socialize together.
- "Cyndi Lauper Just Wanna Have Her Rent Cheaper
We knew that 80s icon Cyndi Lauper lived on the Upper West Side, but Gothamist didn't realize she was trying to ONLY PAY $508 in her rent!
Lauper, who sublets an apartment at the Apthorp, the apartment building that takes up Broadway to West End Avenue, 78th to 79th Streets, is suing the owners of the building because they had been paying $3,250 a month for many years, while the previous owner had paid only $508.
Lauper's "landlord," Shlomo Baron, agreed to pay $2,400 a month for the apartment because it was not his primary residence. Lauper sued Baron in 1996 for overcharging her, and after much legal mishegas, a court said that using a real estate formula, Lauper should pay $989.
Of course, Lauper and her husband are arguing that they should only pay $508, because it seems those music royalties aren't what they used to be, and now they are taking it all the way to courts in Albany.
If Lauper does get her rent lowered to $508, or even to $989, Gothamist expects Lauper to generously tip every service person she comes into contact with, waiters, cabbies, doormen, you name it, plus give nice gifts to her personal assistants and the like, because rent of $508 sounds more like what you pay when you share an apartment with four other people in a Greenpoint loft. NY Magazine even lists rental prices at around $10,000!"
R265, I don't give a shit what she paid, while this was going on, I read that she was paying $650 in a local NYC newspaper. I wasn't pulling amounts out of my ass!
My info is what I remembered reading, besides the AUDACITY of wanting to get that $3,000+ rent lowered to $508 is a damn fucking JOKE!
So what's the point of your post? MY POINT is a millionaire wanted to pay a VERY LOW RENT in a posh Manhattan building!
I don't know why this article mentions the apartment "previous owner", because the Apthorp only became a co-op (or condo) a few years ago and Lauper was renting there for many years.
A close friend, who moved out to California lived there, in the 1980 through the late 1990s, it was a rental when he lived there. Unless it was both a rental AND a co-op, there are some buildings in NYC. I recall him saying it was a rental.
OF COURSE, Lauper's a millionaire, even non-famous people can become millionaires, one of my accountant's clients, a blue collar guy who worked construction jobs and invested very well is a millionaire!
Anyone who assumes that most musicians who had huge hit records are not millionaires is being utterly ridiculous, some musicians are actually smart enough to invest very well or they don't have drugs habits like Lindsey Lohan!
Alanis Morrissette made 60 MILLION on her first album and tour alone!
You'd be surprised what lesser musicians have made.
- I was born on Jone Fanda's bote.
- I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE CLOONEY MALE FRIEND HOOKUP NOT CYNDI LAUPERS RENT!
- R222, is he a top or bottom? \t
- Clooney friend details as well 224.
- It should be said that Cyndi Lauper financially supports her charity 'True Colors' that gives housing to gay teens that are kicked out by their parents.
So whatever rent money she should be paying, she is instead giving away to help homeless gay teens.
- 281. stfu NO ONE CARES.
- Does R282 always presume to speak for everyone?
- A couple of years ago, I saw an actor (I'd probably rate him as B-List) leaving an event and getting into a car. There were crowds of people taking pictures, shouting his name, calling out their favorite movies/roles, and shoving pens and paper in front of him. He was - I thought - very polite, saying sorry, but he didn't have time for autographs today. He jumped into a car and rode away.
Many in the crowd started booing, calling him profanities, saying they would never watch his films again. I was kind of shocked by the animosity - after all, who knows what personal or professional commitments he had (and the crowd was big enough that giving autographs would have probably taken some time).
I walked away from that scene feeling bad for the actor because the crowd was pretty overwhelming and obnoxious; and others in the crowd walked away calling him an asshole because he didn't spend the time to sign for everyone waiting.
Just food for thought...
- R284, oooooooh, that's some real juicy gossip you got there. Good thing you didn't mention any names.
- [quote]Lauper, who sublets an apartment at the Apthorp, the apartment building that takes up Broadway to West End Avenue, 78th to 79th Streets, is suing the owners of the building because they had been paying $3,250 a month for many years, while the previous owner had paid only $508.
Blame it on the NY rent law, not Lauper. Everyone can obtain their apartment rent history for free without the landlord's knowledge. I did. You can see if your landlord raised the rent in the allowed amount or not when you moved in (these rules change for renovated vacancies or non-renovated ones, and for sublets). What difference does it make if she's rich or not? She caught her landlord in fraud and took him to court. If every NY tenant with a rent controlled or rent stabilized apartment had the means to do that NY landlords would not be getting away with as much fraud as they do. They ALL manipulate the new leases on vacancies full well knowing the tenants won't investigate. Not to mention none of them will tell you that your rent stabilized lease entitles you to have your apartment painted every three years for free and that buildings of certain size have to have the hallways painted every five years or so.
- Never said I had juicy gossip, R285. But nice going missing the point.
You're missing the point. We're not here to be lectured and taught a lesson. We're here to dish and gossip. Loosen up a bit.
- I love how R275 says he didn't pull the figure "out of his ass" and then describes how he did indeed pull the figure out of his ass. (He remembered reading it somewhere at some time....Right.)
He claims he does not care about the amount, but his whole outrage is about the amount of the rent.
The examples of behavior here are a very interesting study.
- I'm not sure how posting two sides to a story, and saying "just food for thought" is considered "lecturing". But my sincere apologies for wounding you so terribly.
- Henry Winkler: Met him during his Fonzie days in the 70's. My 5 year old brother was sick with cancer and Henry came to the hospital to meet the kids with cancer. He was really sweet and I still have pictures of him with my brother, who has since passed away.
Doobie Brothers: They also visited the sick kids at the hospital and put on a good show. This was during their heyday in the 70's. They were gracious and would sign albums that they brought for everyone, including the siblings.
Jeff Goldblum: I signed up for a gym in Marin County in the 80's and was shocked to see Jeff Goldblum there. He was filming The Fly and signed up for the gym at the same time. A trainer showed us around together and Jeff was a funny, lovely guy.
Carlos Santana: In the 80's I was working in a beauty supply store and sold him a large bottle of shampoo. He was very nice and friendly.
- [quote]John Barrowman (the whole cast of Torchwood, circa S2, were genuinely super nice, especially Eve Myles who is amazing): surprisingly capable of being very quiet and sincere and having a serious, thoughtful conversation.[/quote]
I have heard this about that cast, especially EM which makes me feel kind of crappy for hating her character on the show so much. Your assessment of JB is kind of surprising and a relief to hear.
Have you met Russell Davies? He kind of comes off as a conceited ass in interviews IMO.
- "I love how [R275] says he didn't pull the figure "out of his ass" and then describes how he did indeed pull the figure out of his ass. (He remembered reading it somewhere at some time....Right.)"
I didn't pull the original amount I'd posted out of my ass, it was in The Daily News article I read at the time. Screw you. You probably don't even live in Manhattan and have no clue how absurd the rent laws are here.
And WHY does your link state that Lauper's "landlord," was Shlomo Baron? She paid the rent to him, the original tenant, not the Apthorp? This also makes little sense, because most sublets are illegal in NYC and basically Lauper was most likely breaking the law to begin with, which makes the entire story even more ridiculous.
MY POINT was that NO WEALTHY person, especially a celebrity, needs to be bitching about their rent, especially when Lauper was probably illegally subletting.
Sublets and ILLEGAL sublets make rent situations like this even more convoluted.
The audacity of her opening up a can of worms only drew more attention to the utterly absurd and unfair low rent she was asking to pay.
Carly Simon gave up her huge pre-war rental in NYC awhile ago, perhaps she felt guilty being so wealthy while paying such a low rent?
- Seriously who gives a fuck about Lauper and her thievery? What about Clooney?
- I'm glad Lauper is doing something nice but could we move on?
- Met Anderson Cooper at his first book signing at Barnes & Noble in NYC in 2006. He was very warm and polite generally. He was a little snotty to me, didn't make eye contact, but I will give him the benefit given that I am a (straight) female and am assuming he figured I was hoping he would fall in love with me on sight so he gave me the brushoff. BTW, I knew full well he would have no interest and didn't go there for that reason.
- [quote]MY POINT was that NO WEALTHY person, especially a celebrity, needs to be bitching about their rent, especially when Lauper was probably illegally subletting.
Did she go to the papers to talk about this? If so, yes, she is a jerk. But I'm not sure that's the case. It seems that the papers picked up the story and printed it without getting her comment.
[quote]She paid the rent to him, the original tenant, not the Apthorp? This also makes little sense, because most sublets are illegal in NYC and basically Lauper was most likely breaking the law to begin with, which makes the entire story even more ridiculous.
It's illegal to sublet one's place without the landlord's consent in NYC. It's, also, illegal to overcharge rent to the subtenant, which seems to be the case here.
- Tori Amos: In the mid-90s by which time she'd closed down the nightly fan meet and greets. Even so she stopped and chatted with a bunch of us and seemed perfectly nice, sweet, funny, quirky, a little tired and fragile perhaps.
Julian Clary and sidekick Russell: Early 90s. JC is ridiculously tall and impossibly cute. Signed everything in sight, posed for photos. From what I remember very witty and patient and nice.
Cyndi Lauper: During a soundcheck giving the sound tech absolute BALLS. Storming down the aisle stuff. She was NOT happy and had no problem asserting herself. I didn't feel it was bitchy - just that she was an utter perfectionist and doesn't do things in half measures.
Gregg Allman: Ran into him momentarily. Mouth dropped open and I said "Hey!" in complete surprise - he mimicked my 'Hey!" exactly along with finger-gun hand gestures and then he was gone. His wife looked like she could death-ray me though - which I thought was quite unnecessary. A cool moment.
Derek Trucks and various members of his band (all on different occasions): Just the NICEST people you could ever hope to meet. They'll stand and shoot the shit with you for ages. Humble, appreciative. Derek is super shy but just cute in a farmboy kind of way. Has a little sass under the coy exterior me thinks. Super nice people all.
Los Lobos: Ran into them in a restaurant. We left them alone until we were ready to leave, then went over for a chat. Really nice guys - willing to talk, sign, photos. Very laid back and cool people. Cesar took his reading glasses off and put the signature dark wraparound shades on for a pic - which struck me as hilarious.
That's all. Odd that I have met so few but two of them (Cyndi and Gregg) have managed to turn this thread into a shitstorm. LOL.
- Lynda Carter
Anne Hathaway (a lovely girl)
(Yes, I was a waiter)
- What was Lauren Graham like, r299?
- She was with a bunch of female friends cackling, did not have much time to spy on her (she wasn't in my section)
- I just have a question for those of you are familiar with he entertainment industry. I used to communicate with this guy who was on the Z level of the entertainment industry. He did some bid parts here and there off Broadway, a bit of Radio City Music Hall stuff, and later on he directed a couple of real D rated independent films.After a while, he wouldn't speak to me anymore and everything the guy did whether it was being on Facebook on YouTube, or just performing, he always acted like he was the star. Also, he got to the point that he seemed like he only wanted to communicate with people that were in the entertainment business in some from or another. I of course am not in the entertainment business and he no longer speaks to me.
Is this common? even for people that are in the Z level in show business? do they only like people around them that they can benefit from? Also, are they very cold and cut throat, always looking out for number 1 and they don't want to hear about you,but they want to always talk about themselves?
- When I was in prison I met lots of celebs.
- R299, I'd like to hear your perceptions of the people you listed.
- Yes, R299, what were your impressions of these people?
- "Cyndi Lauper: During a soundcheck giving the sound tech absolute BALLS. Storming down the aisle stuff. She was NOT happy and had no problem asserting herself. I didn't feel it was bitchy - just that she was an utter perfectionist and doesn't do things in half measures."
NOTHING in half measures, huh? Except rant and rave about wanting to pay MUCH LESS than half her $3,250 rent!
- The only two actors who i did not come in close proximity/talk to.. where Sam Waterson and Lauren Graham.
Lynda Carter - Trying to be incognito with a baseball cap. was with her kids looked exactly like she did on WonderWoman I was starstruck while taking her order.
Chloe Sevigny - orded a quick drink (not alcohol), she was taking a break from filming (yes she has that douchey aura about her)
Josh Brolin - He just asked me where the restrooms where. Way shorter in person but incredible sexual charisma about him. beautiful tan skin. Dianne Laneis a lucky woman.
Paul Giamatti - an odd character but very nice/ humble.
Rose Byrne - She was caught of guard that i knew her from an obscure sci-fi film (this was right before Damages came out) She had a friend and a baby so it was sort of chaotic.
Anne Hathaway - when she walked in i was like "who is this fierce bitch". Dressed to the nines (yes she was with her Con artist boyfriend then) Mentioned that i loved her in BrokeBack Mountain. She was truly flattered (loves the gays). GREAT TIPPER!
Tyne Daily - Nice but was really invested in her reading. script or newspaper can't remember. Didn't really leave an impression.
- [quote]He was a little snotty to me, didn't make eye contact,
I remember seeing another comment from someone who went to Anderson's book signing back then and they said he didn't make eye contact. Either he's snotty or shy or both? He's a Vanderbilt, so who knows?
- Anne Hathaway
- [quote]Josh Brolin - He just asked me where the restrooms where. Way shorter in person but incredible sexual charisma about him. beautiful tan skin. Dianne Laneis a lucky woman.
Oh, yes! I am sooo lucky!
- Diane, are you through with me?
- I get it 306 - you despise her. I shared my perception of her on the day I saw her... which is what the thread is about. Lets leave it at that : )
- Well, I'm such a klutz. I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and walked right into the doorframe! Two black eyes and a broken wrist, can you believe it?
- Mackenzie Astin very nice. Personable and cute.
- I thought Diane had left Brolin? She'll end up like Natalie.
- ... And then I fell down the stairs and broke a rib. Whoops!
Diane, dodging a mean right hook
- Leontyne Price. I praised her "Befreit" and she stroked my hair and petted my cheek, saying "You're a singer, aren't you?" Whatever I had accomplished as a singer becme very small in her gracious presence. I still grow faint at the memory.
Do not taint this memory by asking "Who the hell is Leontyne Price?"
- Willard Scott is really pretty old now. He lives in Middleburg, VA. I had friend who was widowed who would do herself all up and walk up and down the main street of Middleburg, hoping to meet him or some other rich guy. She did meet someone but not Willard.
Linda Tripp also lives and has a Christmas shop there and Robert Duvall is a couple miles away.
- Ok, these are celeb spottings rather than actual meetings, but for what it's worth . . .
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth, having lunch. Gwyneth exceptionally well groomed even by NYC standards, Blythe looking rather new-agey with lots of flyaway hair and bangles. Were rather distant but very polite with the wait staff, even when thier reserved table was not ready on time. seemed to be having an intense and serious conversation during lunch - thought I saw Gwyneth wipe away a tear at one point. We left at the same time, and they both smiled nicely and said thank you when my client held the door open for them. Say what you will about her, the fact is that even if she wasn't an actress, Gwyneth is very good looking in person, tall, slim and golden. All the straight guys seemed riveted when she walked in.
Angelina Jolie, having lunch with a couple of business types. All I can say is "phew!". The impact of that woman's beauty is immeasurable. I think she actually looks less beautiful on sceen, in real life you cant help staring. Eyes, nose, lips, cheekbones - perfection. Much smaller and surprisingly delicate looking in life. She didn't interact with anyone that I saw. This was before she hooked up with Brad. I don't blame him for leaving Jennifer. I would dump my boyfriend and go straight for her in a heartbeat.
Catherine deneuve (sp?) French actress of yesteryear. Beautiful features, but with high, helmet hair and rather stocky body. Kinda hard to imagine she was a sex symbol once. Looked like a Texas grandma, just better dressed.
- [quote]and she recently launched her own signature makeup through the Viva Glam at MAC Cosmetics
By the way, the Viva Glam cosmetics line gives its entire proceeds to AIDS charities.
Not taking sides on the Lauper is a tightass vs. Lauper is a saint fight, but that cosmetics line isn't padding her bank account, and she could easily have put her name on one of the money-making pieces instead. She and Lady Gaga are the only two names on this line.
- Catherine Deneuve is 68. She comes off as very thoughtful in interviews and I have a feeling she can be a lot of fun. I bet she can cook a mean dinner.
She was in her mid forties, I believe, when this picture was taken.
- (R321) She's great,a total free spirit
- I work in the industry so deal with celebs all the time.
A few personal, non-work scenarios: recently sat across the aisle from Danny Devito on a flight to LA. Could not have been nicer - shamelessly flirting with the flight attendants and taking pictures with a family who asked. Also recently flew back to JFK with Zach Braff right behind me. Cute girlfriend. They both feel sleep but woke up to have the ice creams sundaes.
Recently hung out with Ben McKenzie -friend's dinner party. As nice and normal as could be. He was getting hit on by random girls in the restaurant.
Once has a very nice dinner with a Molly Sims-she's both smart and normal.
Have known Mark Feuerstein for decades. Glad he finally has hit show.
Lots of others but there aren't particularly work-related.
- I've met Danny DeVito professionally. Very nice man. Unassuming. Came to me and introduced himself: Hi, I'm Danny. We chatted for a bit. I have a feeling he and Rhea Perlman are just really "normal."
- Normal and rich...which leads to Danny being a bad boy, now and then.
- Are you referring to his drinking?
- I think he used to do a little more than drinking. I guess he used to like to powder his nose but I guess everyone does.
- [quote]Madonna also lives at the Apthorp.
Wrong! Madonna has lived at the Harperly Hall building on 64th and CPW for decades. That is 15 blocks away from The Apthorp.
- "Wrong! Madonna has lived at the Harperly Hall building on 64th and CPW for decades. That is 15 blocks away from The Apthorp."
DECADES? Has she been wealthy for decades?!! To me decades implies OVER 30 years, certainly more than 20 years.
- "I get it 306 - you despise her. I shared my perception of her on the day I saw her... which is what the thread is about. Lets leave it at that : )"
Funny this is I DO NOT despise Cyndi Lauper!
I was a big fan way back from her first band Blue Angel. I met her many years ago when she did a gig at the pier, this was right before she hit it big. I was was photographing the concert, I also met her after the gig. Cyndi was gracious and posing for photos, she was nice to a few fans who managed to get backstage.
My problem is with ANY wealthy celebrity or person who is trying to pay a cheaper rent than the average person is paying these days. The average person is getting screwed left and right, period, we don't need to read about a wealthy rockstar trying to get their rent LOWERED!
An average rent in Astoria, for a boring one bedroom, is now $1,500. I was smart enough to buy in LIC before gentrification, so, reading that Cyndi Lauper wants to pay $508 at the Apthorp is sheer insanity!
- Christ, R306, will you give it up already?
- Funny, R305 but I (like most New Yorkers) have a problem with people using great programs like rent stabilization as a means to profiteer, by charging illegally high sublet rents on their low-rent apartments.
Most people I know applaud Lauper and consider what she did a service to subletters (most of whom cannot afford to take gauging primary lease holders to court). We hope her action is a deterrent.
But hey, I live in NY and we have a different perspective here.
- [quote]Funny, [R305] but I (like most New Yorkers) have a problem with people using great programs like rent stabilization as a means to profiteer, by charging illegally high sublet rents on their low-rent apartments.
Um, are you referring to my post at R297? Maybe you need to read it again, because that's exactly what I wrote - that it is illegal to overcharge rent on a sublet and that Lauper had every right to file a complaint of rent overcharge.
[quote]But hey, I live in NY and we have a different perspective here.
And I said it without being snotty.
- I am sorry R305. I thought I typed R330.
- [quote]Have known Mark Feuerstein for decades
Did you go to college with him?
If so, I may know you
- Enough with the rent posts!!! Boring, boring, boring. And don't just say you met/waited on someone. We want to know how they acted, looked, etc. Now give me more dish.
- Richard Dean Anderson at a celebrity car race. He was rude to everyone. A young boy wanted to have a pic taken with him and he pushed the kid away.
Sad but true
- I second R336!
- I met Paul Newman in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was the Grand Marshall at the Cleveland Grand Prix. It was hotter than hell that day and he wasn't even sweating. He was kind, funny and gracious. So much more handsome in person.
Met Red Skelton in my home town. He was there for a show. He walked around town, stopping into the businesses, talking to and giving out hugs to everyone.
- Did Newman ping?
- Here's a politician post:
When I was in high school, a school group I was with got to meet former Virginia Senator Chuck Robb in his office. Now, I know politicians are generally on their best behavior when they meet constituents, but I walked away thinking that Robb was both the most genuine politician I have met before or since, and, to my disappointment, not the sharpest member of the Senate. I was still so impressed by him that when get he gave a beautiful speech on the floor of the Senate against the Defense of Marriage Act, I wrote him a letter saying that I knew that wasn't going to be popular, but as far as I was concerned, he had my vote for any office he wanted to run for for the rest of his life.
Through a sheer coincidence, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski popped into his office while we were there, he introduced us, and I was amazed by how intelligent and engaged she was, especially since none of us were likely to be able to vote for her.
The Voice of the Night
- "I've never gotten the relationship with Nathan. Whatever we do (chat online, talk, meet), I'm always disappointed. I wanted more..."
He's just not that into you.
- Robert Webber
He's not a well-known actor but he had a good career. He was a friend of my parents in the 70s - 80s. He died fairly young. I think my parents met him on one of those Carolinas golf courses. A rattlesnake might have been involved.
Very nice man and much better looking, even sexy, in person. Every time I saw him he was tanned. Liked scotch. He probably bonded with my dad over the scotch more than the golf.
He was nothing like the actors I later dated. He never talked about acting except to say that it was his work. I never saw him go off on anyone who tried to pry about THE BUSINESS but he would change the subject, or if pressed, just refuse to say anything other than it was a gig and it's over, in the past.
He and his wife attended at least one of my sisters' weddings.
I think he died of Parkinsons Disease.
- This Robert Webber?
- Voice, why were you so amazed Mikulski is intelligent and engaging?
- Probably because she's a lesbian, R345.
- R323, you probably can't say, but in case you can: Did Ben McKenzie ping? There's speculation he's gay, but it's died down now that he's no longer on a hit show.
As for Paul Newman: My mom met him in the 1970s when she was living and working in Connecticut. She was at the home of one of his friends and he came over while she was there. I remember her saying that he was even better looking in person/really friendly.
- OK, here we go.
While in DC
Nixon's Former Secretary (18 minutes Rosemary)
Lambchop and Sherry
While in New York
James Earl Jones
While in Minneapolis
While in Tampa
Break time! Whew!
- Ok r38 give us details....
- I was walking down the hallway at the 8709 bathhouse in LA when a door opened and somone said, "Omigod! It's Tab Hunter!" Slam. The door shut.
- [quote]DECADES? Has she been wealthy for decades?!! To me decades implies OVER 30 years, certainly more than 20 years.
Yeah I'd say she's been in the 64th Street apartment about twenty years. I lived on the same block and even while she was in Argentina (and everyone knew it) filming "Evita" in 1995, the paparazzi and fans were camped out across the street. What the hell they were waiting for I have no idea but they were always around the block.
- [quote]Met Red Skelton in my home town. He was there for a show. He walked around town, stopping into the businesses, talking to and giving out hugs to everyone.
At first glance I read this as "talking to and giving out drugs to everyone".
- Re: Ben McKenzie: no, seemed straight to me. But according to our mutual friend, he is indeed straight, so I wasn't looking for evidence otherwise.
Re: Feuerstein. No, I didn't go to college with him but have a lot of friends who did. Have known him from about that time though.
- A few others who weren't totally work-related (I'm sure there are more but I'll have to remember to post before I'm about to pass out and can thus think of them):
Know Donna Murphy pretty well. I never read the Broadway threads here, so have no idea what her rep is, but whenever I run into her, she is warm, kind and engaging. Sure, a little theatrical but no more so than almost any actor I've ever met.
Matt Bomer- don't want to incite the masses with this one. He is spectacularly beautiful In person but oddly, less sexy than I find him on White Collar. Very, very, very nice - tries to make the discussion about you, not him. Almost nice to the point where my jaded, NYC feels like it's a pretense...and yet, I don't think it is. He's just very polite and gracious.
Met Mariska and husband a few times socially. She looks younger in person, and he is gorgeous. Head-turningly handsome.
Okay, must sleep but if I think of others, will post.
- Will the person who stated his or her MALE friend slept with Clooney, give more details?
- R348 - don't just list names. if you have really spent any time at all with the names on your list, would you please tell the rest of us what your impressions were? Otherwise, adios.
- [quote]DECADES? Has she been wealthy for decades?!! To me decades implies OVER 30 years, certainly more than 20 years.
And you would be WRONG! It implies no such thing. It means twenty years and a day. Madonna has lived there a long time. Are you always this prissy?
- Waited on Kelly Rowland, America Ferrara and (ugh) Ke$ha:
Kelly Rowland was so sweet it was ridiculous. She asked for a complicated order and when i arrived with it she was very gracious and even gave me a hug.
America Ferrara was very normal. I didnt even recognize her until about halfway through the night. No attitude, didn't want to sit in the VIP area or anything 'celebrity'. Quite pleasant.
Ke$ha was a nasty awful little cunt. A mean, petulant drunk. Her security were a nightmare to deal with, making us turn away other patrons saying that they were all paparazzi. She stank of BO too. Not a nice experience really.
I also served a lot of Aussie celebs, if anyone has any interest in them.
- I'm kind of surprised that Madonna, with all her wealth and fame, lives at Harperley Hall. It's not exactly one of the "A" buildings on CPW that caters to big-time celebrities.
- r358, have you met Grant Bowler? I like him. He's an Aussie actor who has been in several TV series, and was in the remake of "On The Beach".
- Janet Jackson - very calm, pays all of her attention during conversation, makes long eye contact.
- Paul Newman, at his own place in Westport, encircled by a group of middle-aged horny women who were oohing and aahing over him and begging him to take off his sunglasses.
He looked flustered, and suddenly shouted "Joanne!!!" who came over and promptly removed him from his admirers.
- r361, That's because she is mildly retarded, and a bit slow, watch any interview honey. You aint specials!
- [quote]I also served a lot of Aussie celebs, if anyone has any interest in them.
How about Gina Riley or Jane Turner? (Kath and Kim)?
- I've "met" Sylvia Miles on several occasions. At The Whitney Museum in the '80s. She would go to openings for the open bar/snacks. And more than a few times on the bus. She looked marvelous.
- [quote]She looked marvelous.
Of course, she's one helluva gorgeous chick!
- R363 I didn't want to sound as if I think I'm special or something, that's why I used present simple to describe her behaviour in general, she was like that with everyone. How sincere was she is another question, but I enjoyed meeting her anyway.
- I worked production in the 1990s, and met a number of TV and film stars.
*Regis Philbin: Short and pasty, but polite. I was among the PAs on Live w/ R&KL, and even though Regis was too busy to talk to us, he always made eye contact, nodded, and acknowledged our presence. To us, a bunch of peons, that felt good.
*Kathie Lee Gifford: At the time, she was being stalked by some loon. So we hardly ever saw her, and when we did, she was being escorted by bodyguards. She never made eye contact and she always seemed uncomfortable.
*Sheryl Crow: I met her when she was just breaking out in 1994, a few weeks after "All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun" was released. She was very gracious and patient, and the thing I remember most is that she stayed out in the parking lot until 2 am posing for photos and signing autographs until everyone was satisfied. Very classy.
*Pat O'Brien (from CBS sports and Access Hollywood): A pretentious ass. Had no star power but walked around like he owned the place.
Outside of those, I've had a few other encounters.
*John Travolta: I met him during a spa day. He's very friendly and talkative. This was less than a year after the death of his son, so I didn't ask him too many questions, as I wanted to respect his privacy. The nature of his conversation made him seem like he'd been in Hollywood too long. We talked about what I did for a living and the expression on his face was wide-eyed wonder, like he had lived an isolated life away from regular people.
*Sidney Poitier: I was with him only briefly, because he was in line right in front of me to board a flight to LA. He's very tall and distinguished. He was sitting in first class, of course. When he had to pause to put his luggage in the overhead compartment, he turned around and looked me right in the eye, smiled, and said, "Excuse me." One of the only times I genuinely felt star struck.
- I haven't met Robin Thick ,but I happen to be channel surfing when I came across QVC the other day. Robin Thick was on selling his DVD,and he acted like such an egotistical asshole that he acted so in your face about it.He seems like he a royal nerd as well,and his music is so bad! Has anyone ever met this no talent?
- My friend knows Robin and Paula and says they're great, but he's known Paula since they were kids so they probably are great to him.
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- I got to hang out with Bret Ellis in his condo and he just kept asking me if I had coke. It was a big letdown as he was one of my idols.
- Seth McFarlane: His presence and attitude made me feel so uncomprable that I didn't bother saying a word and awkwardly smiled.
Trey Parker: Absolute sweetheart and very funny.
Willie Nelson: Exactly how you would picture him to be. Laid back, friendly storyteller who loves his weed.
Celene Dion: I was expecting a snob but she was very sweet and polite.
Bill and Hillary Clinton: They were both very polite and charming.
- My brother ate dinner at the same table with Renee Zellweger and Jack White in Detroit in 2003. Renee was gaining weight for Bridget 2 and kept asking strangers at the table "Do I look fat?" while grabbing parts of her body. My bro said she seemed kind of "off", but was nice.
- Stacey Dash - She was very nice, normal and WAY pretty.
- Met Tim Gunn yesterday inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was walking by and he was just standing there admiring a work of art. I could not resist speaking to him and he was incredibly sweet, even reached out first to shake my hand. He then wished me happy holidays and I went on my way.
Very classy man.
- Satan! He was Di-VOON! For a little trade he hot me a neato little job down in Biloxi and an interview on a New Orleans TV station. I can't wait to wheel into the French Quarter!!!
- Julia Child exuded enthusiasm. She was charming until, out of the blue, she raised the subjects of lesbians whom she asserted had invaded Smith College, her alma mater, and had taken it over.
It was a jaw dropping moment. My brother-in-law, our host for the evening, gave me an "I'll handle this" look. He calmly rebuked Julia's dread of lesbians.
- r. 378
Was Tim Gun alone? What was he wearing?
- Judy Garland (I was seven), Lorna Luft (through whom I met her mother), Liza Minelli -- I was over forty; the meeting was unrelated to the other two, but they brought it to mind. Michael Bloomberg, Joan Rivers, Mercedes Ruehl, Chita Rivera.... hmm, not a lot of kids. Should I continue? Diane Weist, Estelle Parsons, Barbara Cook -- I'm depressing myself. Never mind.
- Me again. Steve Martin, Patricia Neal (surprising, isn't it, how few of the old people I've met are dead -- maybe I am the charm. If you can't have one, be one.) David Dinkins, Ed Koch, John V. Lindsay (I was a kid; honest). Henry Geldzahler (does he count?), Claude Pompidou -- oh, that reminds me; Jacqueline Onassis, John F. Kennedy Jr., Brook Shields (when she was a toddler), Patrick Dennis. That's enough.
Ian Charleson - tall, blond, pockmarked. Charming and charismatic beyond belief. Incredible singing voice.
Richard Griffiths - bad-tempered, but strangely loveable.
Christopher Lee - a bit self-involved, but utterly charming. Funny, funny man. HUGE.
Alistair Sim - lovely, kind man
Peter Cushing - no matter what is said about how nice he was, the truth doesn't cover half of it.
Vincent Price - again, what can I say?
Elizabeth Taylor - can't remember, she smiled at me and I think I fainted (16 at the time)
Richard Burton - sad, sad man. Obviously a bit lost (he died shortly afterwards)
Peter Sellers - strange and manipulative - my dad was very wary of him. His wife at the time was very sweet, but a heavy drinker.
Dad was a bit peripherally involved in the theatre...
- [quote]Christopher Lee - a bit self-involved, but utterly charming. Funny, funny man. HUGE.
"HUGE" penis wise? The manner in which you typed that made me wonder a thing or two.
- I gave up on this thread after I'd read the word Cher for the fortieth time.
- R319, I've been thinking about this ever since you posted it. What did you mean by Gwyneth being exceptionally well-groomed even by NYC standards?
- Cher is not "tiny." Watch her on the MTV Awards with Gaga. Now, SHE'S tiny. And, r386, you're right. If you don't like what you see here, don't go away mad. Just go away.
- R382/383, more details, please.
- I met Ryan Gosling in Detroit when he was here filming Ides of March. He was very nice.
We were at the same restaurant and I wanted to go up to him, but I was kind of nervous. But he caught my eye as I was passing his table and I guess he could tell I recognized him. He motioned for me to come over and he introduced himself and vice versa. I said hello and that I heard he was here filming a movie. I told him it was nice to meet him and he said it was nice to meet me too. It was such a quick exchange, but it was a nice experience.
- Are theater people usually more adept and handling the public/fans than their counterparts in film and tv?
- Ryan Gosling is Canadian and ALL Canadians are taught to be polite.
- I wish I could've talked to Ryan longer, but honestly I was nervous and I couldn't think of anything else to say at the moment. lol
- Brett Easton Ellis was always a coke head, wonder if he's changed?
Laughing because I went to Smith, and we had something called Julia Child Day, but my house just called it "'The Dykes' Day" after reading some letters of hers in the Sophia Smith archives and discovering her proclivity to rant about how "the dykes" are overrunning everything, even her once principled alma mater. Was first found by this here big ol' lez who's far more feminine and probably more prude than Childe could ever hope to be....
Apparently there was a PR issue where before she died she gave some talk and she mentioned 'the lesbians' that had to be smoothed over too.
- ""HUGE" penis wise?"
Just a big person - tall, not fat, but one enormous personality, as in "dominates the room"...
- [quote]Are theater people usually more adept and handling the public/fans than their counterparts in film and tv?
I would think they would have more privacy as they go about their daily lives. TV and film would have a much wider audience (figuratively as well as literally).
- R389, what would you like to know?
It occurs to me that I've left out a lot of people who might be insulted that they didn't come to mind first. Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave (separately), Susan Sontag......
- By the way, this group wouldn't mind being left off DataLounge; they'd just be offended that they didn't come to mind before the other folks.
- Seth Meyers and Brian Williams, both at MOMA but on separate occasions. I was surprised at how tall each one was and how nice Brian Williams' arms were (he was wearing a polo shirt). Both were very friendly to fans who came up to them, BW was with a short woman who i presumed was his wife, SM was with a preppy looking younger guy (late 20s/early 30s who looked slightly annoyed by the number of people who kept approaching)
- [quote]I'm kind of surprised that Madonna, with all her wealth and fame, lives at Harperley Hall. It's not exactly one of the "A" buildings on CPW that caters to big-time celebrities.
Didn't Madonna have some trouble getting into another CPW building?
I used to work at the West Side Y (where you'd often see celebs who came in to work out or go to meetings), and when Madonna was in residence, the paps and fans used to take up residence on the steps at the back entrance to the Y, which directly faces the entrance to her building.
When Lourdes was young, Madonna rented the Little Theater at the West Side Y for a birthday party, and had the whole room done over in, I think, a jungle theme. The staff weren't permitted in the area, as you might expect, but my office was directly across the hall from the Little Theatre, so we knew what was going on.
And going into the Y one day, I nearly bowled Madonna over; she was coming out of Central Park with her trainer, and I was surprised at how tiny she is.
That particular corner around Central Park West and the streets that went over to Lincoln Center were always full of celebs who lived or worked there going about their business, and they were usually left alone.
I saw Michael Learned waiting in line at the bank, Chris Noth jogging (he preened a bit as we waited for a red light to change), Yoko Ono fairly often in her huge wraparound sunglasses, Al Franken and David Johansen heading in for their meetings, etc.
- [quote]Seth Meyers and Brian Williams, both at MOMA but on separate occasions.
It would have been hotter if they were attending together.
- R337, geez, that's sad. I met him once and he was nice, but it was at a work event and I could do something for him.
Where's a paper clip and a rubber band when you need one?
- Madonna bought a large house on the East side. It was formerly several houses, just as her apartment at Harperly Hall was formerly five apartments, which had originally been somewhat fewer than five. Anyway, don't know whether she owns the Harperly Hall property any more, but if it hasn't been sold, it will be.
- R398, just details of your meetings with them--how they acted, how they looked, the context of your meetings, etc.
- Okay, R389; it's not all that interesting, but here goes:
Lorna Luft was in my second grade class. She was a fairly pissy little kid who claimed that her mother was Judy Garland. Although I was a child, I was nobody’s fool; this story was obviously untrue. I knew that Judy was the little girl on TV every year in “The Wizard of Oz.” So I told Lorna that my father was Walt Disney. Ultimately, her mother came to school. Didn’t seem like Judy Garland; she was just my classmate’s mother. Like any other classmate’s mother, only shorter. Granted, she was beminked, but it was that kind of neighborhood. Met Liza decades later, at the reading of a planned musical, which has still not been produced. I knew the director and the composer, both of whom knew her. We sat next to each other. Too many people have intruded on her here already.
I met Mayor Bloomberg at a party for a mutual friend. I have no sense of him as a person. I don’t think that Joan Rivers and I have any mutual friends; I met her at the movies on 63rd and Broadway. She had her coat draped over both seats in front of her, claiming that she was holding them for a friend, who never showed up (to sit in front of her, no less). Mercedes Ruehl was at dinner at a friend’s house. She was very, very smart, if not really well informed. I was tremendously impressed. Chita Rivera and I have a close, mutual friend, who brought me backstage one evening. Ms Rivera was totally “on” that evening and thereafter. I don’t feel as though I have a real insight into her. Diane Weist and Estelle Parsons talked about neighborhood stuff, like where to get better vegetables. I’ve run into Barbara Cook quite a few times. We’re not friends, but I think she’s spectacular. On TV getting Kennedy Honors as I type.
I met Steve Martin several times at the home of a mutual friend. He was very quiet and private; his wife is more forthcoming. I met Patricia Neal at the home of the same friend, and thought it prudent not to mention that from my classroom window, in the same school that I had attended with Lorna Luft, I could see her infant son’s carriage after it had been hit by a car. Met Marian Seldes there too, come to think of it, then again, I’ve been introduced to her by several people, and she always seems to be very graciously meeting me for the first time. I’m starting to feel like Zelig.
I met David Dinkins through my father; to this day, he asks after my father, and I reply each time, “He’s still dead.” I met Ed Koch and John V. Lindsay back when they were my parents’ congressman (I was a kid; honest). Henry Geldzahler was fascinating, if sweaty. Claude Pompidou and I were at adjoining tables at Le Bernardin, then recognized each other the next day at Zabars, and started laughing about it and discussing lox.
A shirtless JFKjr inquired about my dog one day on Columbus Avenue. I’d inquired about his when I was about 13, running into him at the bank. (Didn’t talk with him that time – asked the bodyguard. It was a springer spaniel.) Met his mother a few times, notably in the lobby of my parents’ building. Brook Shields lived there as a tiny kid with her mother, who’d married an Auchincloss.
Patrick Dennis’s son Michael was in the same class as Lorna and I. Much more friendly. Grew up to be a physician.
- Yes, R381, he was alone.
- Met Cynthia Nixon in line at the bank; very nice.
Met Alan Cumming walking with a friend in the Village; very nice.
Met Ron Howard and his wife at the theater one Saturday night; exceedingly nice.
Met Fran Drescher and her parents at the Christmas tree lighting at Lincoln Center a few years ago; exceedingly nice.
Met Chris Noth twice, both times in the theatre district; very nice.
Met Richard Thomas at an opening night at the theatre; very nice.
Met Joan Allen in a diner on the Upper West Side; exceedingly nice.
Met Ellen Burstyn and Polly Holliday at the same opening night; not nice at all, in fact both very rude and dismissive.
Met Malcolm Gets in a club in Chelsea; very nice.
Met Laurence Lau (formerly Greg on AMC back in the '80s) at a theatre performance; very nice.
Met Tim Gunn (see R378).
- A. Alda- People say he's a jerk, but I didn't notice. Maybe because it was an academic setting.
S. Rogen- Sweet guy.
N. Jonas- Nice. But not really sure what the kid thinks about.
L. Lerman- Mostly a d-bag, in my opinion.
L. Kudrow- Fundamentally sweet.
J. Bon Jovi- What an @$$****
V. Justice- No artiste, but as genuinely pleasant as you could expect from a teen star.
J. McCurdy- "Acts" like she's not a diva, but embodies the complex.
S. Foley- Gracious and friendly.
S. Baldwin- Saw him hitting on girls that couldn't have been older than 16, and he had his daughters with him.
C. Ricci- Not a nice person, even if you stay out of her way.
R. Dratch- Odd or paranoid or both. Turned around and literally eyeballed me while I was behind her in a checkout lane. I would not have recognized her if she had not done so. Who cares, but it was one of the more awkward moments of my life.
J. Garner [unrelated to Foley encounter]- Didn't talk to her/looked notably depressed.
Charro- Was the funniest type of diva. Very smiley!
- Antonio Banderas: Charisma defined: a sincere listener whose mischieviousness with authentic kindness
Kiefer Sutherland: Entitled, loud-mouthed alcoholic. Demanded to be served after last call, and became abusive to the restaurant staff when they refused. His friends (acquaintances of mine) had to hide his car keys from him.
Andy Dick: Possibly the most obnoxious person alive. We chose to leave a theater because his coked-up antics were so "Look at me!" distracting that we couldn't enjoy the movie.
Miley Cyrus: Unabashed party girl, but also friendly and down-to-earth. Was drinking Jack Daniels openly with her gay BFF (she was 17 at the time) and stopped by to pet my dog and make small talk. Gorgeous smile.
Hilary Swank: Much prettier in person than you'd think (not mannish at all), and very charming. She has a glow. Laughs a lot (have only met her in non-work settings).
Reese Witherspoon: Literally bumped into her in a RiteAid (post-"Legally Blonde" but pre-divorce). We laughed and helped each other find what we needed (vitamins for her, earphones for me).
Kathy Griffin, Fran Drescher, and Jean Smart: These were three separate encounters, but since they were all making appearances to benefit LGBT causes (the LA Gay/Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign), I lumped them all together. Griffin is a smart lady, and warmer and more generous than she lets on. Drescher is one of the kindest and most soulful people you'd care to meet---her happiness is infectious. Smart is forthright, self-deprecating, approachable, and doesn't like to be treated like a star.
Judith Light: Ended up sitting next to her twice at plays in the LA area, and she's funny, exceedingly kind, and maternal.
- R410 again, still prattling on...
Mamie Gummer: I used to like her based on her work on "The Good Wife," but 30 minutes of sitting next to her in an airport lounge quickly cured me of that. A spoiled, snarky brat who exudes the poisonous smugness of a coddled 15-year old.
Barry Manilow: In, of all places, the Home Depot in Palm Springs. He looked like a tiny, wizened lesbian apple doll in his ill-fitting flannel blouse. Had a shell-shocked demeanor.
Shannon "American Pie" Elizabeth: She's a friend of a friend, so we run into each other often at parties. A total sweetheart who will dance with your grandmother one minute and challenge you to a poker showdown the next.
Alecia Moore (P!nk): Was a fellow guest at a wedding, about midway through her pregnancy. Very laid-back and happy--none of the edgy aggressiveness I'd expected. Made sure everyone at the table was included and having a good time. Zero "star" attitude.
Eric McCormack: Seemed genuinely into his wife and family (he'd brought his in-laws along to a resort for New Year's) and was clearly having a blast.
Betsey Johnson (sp?): Was at the same New Year's party. She's some magical, ageless fairy creature---she has a huge, magnamimous smile that lets you know life is effing beautiful.
Cat Deeley: One of the kindest human beings you'll ever meet. At a "So You Think You Can Dance" taping, producers hat shunted my niece away from the primo "Pretty People Only" front row. During a break, Cat came over to talk with her, gave her a big wink, and subtly led her back up to a front-and-center spot.
Ryan Seacrest: Compact, tightly-wound, and utterly asexual. He is so perfectly efficient that I'm convinced he doesn't poop.
- R410: Botched the post about Banderas---meant to write that his mischieviousness is balanced with authentic kindness.
- Dolly Parton: gorgeous, stunning, sweet, exactly the persona you see everywhere in the public eye but just adorable (MARY!)
Taylor Lautner: scared, excited by his fame, clearly as gay as a pink flamingo
- Brad Pitt: Polite, humble, and projects a very calm energy. A nighttime shoot for "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" had closed down a block and was preventing guests from entering the historic building that had been rented for my friend's birthday party. When Brad learned of this, he came up to the party so that he could apologize personally on behalf of the crew to the birthday gal and her entire family. Classy guy.
Joanna Cassidy ("Blade Runner," "Six Feet Under"): Extremely bright, focused, intense, and a bit intimidating. Can seem standoffish, but she's very frank and vulnerable with the people she knows and trusts.
Gina Gershon: Has a lightning-fast mind and seems to create her own electricity. Bi-polar, needy, and seductive: you can't look at anything else when she's in the rooom. For some reason, she brings to mind Rasputin.
- Tabatha Coffey. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met, hands down. I guess I expected her to start berating me for my hair or something. She was an absolute doll.
- Julianne Moore: Met after "The Vertical Hour" One of the nicest people(not just a celeb) I have ever met. Down to Earth and friendly.
Bernadette Peters: Met after Follies, very gracious and appreciative of her fans. Very nice and soft spoken. Jan Maxwell was also very warm and totally down to earth and friendly.
Patti Lupone: When I met her after a performance of Sweeney Todd, she was nice and friendly and was gracious to her fans.
Edie Falco: Very nice and personable. Met at the Broadway Flea Market.
So far I haven't had any bad experiences per se, but some other celebs that I have encountered have not been as gracious, but the above have been among my best.
- Willie Nelson was on a flight to LA with me and my friends a few weeks ago. The man is very kind and subdued. Poor guy obviously wanted to be left alone but the flight attendant literally made him take photos with her (she and her coworker started to do it without asking, even) and was pimping his autographs out. I was really uncomfortable with it. He was very gracious.
Why even take first class anymore?
- I almost ran into George Burns --- I mean ran him off the road in Beverly Hills. He was driving a silver Caddy Seville and I was leaning out of my VW convertible yelling: "I LOVE YOU GEORGE!" (I did.) I noticed my car was swerving into his lane, and he gave me a little stiff wave and a rictus smile. He looked terrified.
- I've worked in the industry on both coasts since 1986, so I've met quite a few people. Quite honestly, most people have been very professional and don't make for good stories, but here goes.
Warren Beatty: Much older looking in person. Kind of scattered. Is pathologically incapable of making a decision, which is why he has gone for years between projects.
Annette Bening: For some reason I thought she'd be a bitch but she was very sweet and friendly. She rules the roost in that family. A great mom.
Robert DeNiro: I worked on a project with him but was never able to figure him out. Sometimes he'd be friendly and sometimes aloof. When he wants to, the movie star just disappears and he walks around looking schlubby and no one knows it is him.
Tom Selleck: This was years ago, when he was still doing Magnum. A god. Hard to look at him directly. And super nice, down to earth. I never got a single gay vibe from him, but I've heard all of the stories about him. I saw him with his stepson and friends and he always struck me as being not into the stardom thing at all.
Kevin Costner: He was an asshole even before he was a star. Was constantly hitting on women and fucked around a lot on his first wife. I never thought he was that good-looking, either. Stardom has only made him worse.
Tom Wopat: Total pussy hound. Knocked up one woman as a result of a one-night stand while he was engaged to another. Horrible table manners.
Bruce Willis: Never lets you forget he is a Big Movie Star. That being said, he's surprisingly friendly once he realizes you are not a "civilian." I've heard he is into kinky stuff and if not bi, not at all adverse to fully participating in all kinds of mixed scenes.
And Demi Moore was. Adverse, I mean. She was one of the most insecure people I've ever met, which is probably why a lot of people think she's a snotty bitch. Totally uneducated in the book sense. Her public persona is the complete fabrication of her publicists.
Steve Martin: The most unfunny person in his private life you'd ever meet. Never cracks a smile. Aloof but not unfriendly. Made it a point to go around the film set upon wrapping and thank everyone. Gave everyone a little gift.
Clint Eastwood. Married to a really great woman. Relies on her for everything. Everyone wants to be Clint when they grow up. He does whatever he wants. He had horrible varicose veins in one leg a while back. I couldn't believe he'd wear shorts but then he had surgery on them and his leg looked pretty normal again.
- [quote]R. Dratch- Odd or paranoid or both. Turned around and literally eyeballed me while I was behind her in a checkout lane. I would not have recognized her if she had not done so. Who cares, but it was one of the more awkward moments of my life.
I had a similar experience with Dratch, back when she was on SNL. I was coming out of the subway when she walked in, and I registered it was Dratch, but didn't stop. As I got to the stop of the stairs and turned to go, I noticed she had stopped on the stairs and was staring at me.
- [quote] Had a shell-shocked demeanor.
I think that's the norm for Home Depot patrons.
- Wow I kinda want to punch 410 in the face a little. Sooo annoying with her analysis on each one. STFU. The smallest things these celebs do, you either bow and worship, or hang, from such small silly instances. So annoying, man If I was a celeb all I would have to do is show someone a small bit of kindness and Im a GOD, if not I'm the devil. Annoying.
- r420 Coke will do that to a person.
- Keira Knightly - didn't talk much, prob more shy than anything but posed for a pic with the rest of the cast
Elisabeth Moss - filthy sense of humour
Benedict Cumerbatch - a right laugh when he's had a drink, was hiding from a mad fangirl who kept following him around
David Tennant - nice and solicitous to the point of being bizarre, but his wife is a cunt and they act like they hate each other
Patrick Stewart - really nice and down to earth
- OOOoooh -- I left off Bernie and Ruth Madoff. Well, I left off several people, but they were actually sort of interesting.
I met her first. Bad colorist, but she was too fundamentally cheap to notice. CLEARLY grew up without much money, and was festooned with too much gold jewelry. Nothing really great, nothing really expensive, but lots of it. I'd have sworn Great Neck, if I hadn't known anything about her.
Met him later, with her. He was making a great show of being modest about being considered a genius/billionaire. I didn't consider him brilliant (didn't know at the time that he had been head of NASDAQ, which probably WOULD have impressed me). Knew he had a lot of money, but doubted that it was much as our mutual friend suggested. And questioned (to myself) how he was getting the claimed returns year in, year out, if no one was following his lead with similar results. Dodged a bullet. He was, incidentally, a bit too carefully groomed. Very expensive suit, Belgian Shoes (the brand, not the place of origin), and a Patek Phillipe watch, which I happened to be wearing too, to my embarrassment, once he made a thing of it. But I probably had a stain on my suit.
- Kiefer Sutherland, drunk off his ass and started doing loud, dirty magic tricks at our restaurant table.
Worked with Anthony Bourdain. Smart and can be funny but ultimately a cooler-than-thou prick. Heavy drinker, tells the same stories over and over, writes incredibly rude and abusive emails late at night presumably when he's drunk. Wife is a screamer and yeller.
Richard Gere, self-important and pompous. Nose and features lumpy in person. Needs a haircut, the tufts of long hair make him look like a squareheaded owl.
Mel Gibson, totally professional and polite ten years ago. Good storyteller and talker in interview session. When asked one question he didn't like, though, his eyes got very dangerous...
Joan Jett, matter-of-fact, patient with awkward fans, easygoing and nice.
- Joe Biden is a really happy, upbeat guy. Have met him several times. The last time I saw him he was with his family of all ages and they were just laughing, goofing around and totally having a ball.
- Can one of you kind souls please make a thread called 'Medical Advice Thread'? Lately I've been having some problems with choking and swallowing that scare me. I know I can post at many medical forums, but the advice at DL is always uniquely insightful and most importantly, no nonsense.
I'd greatly appreciate anybody's help!
The Kesha comment doesnt surprise me. She looks like a rotten old fleabag anyway. Even with all the makeup and clothes the stylists make her wear to give the impression 'it' is a girl.
She looks like she had to put out throughout puberty just to get attention...
- R28, see your doctor, get diagnosed. There are a lot of things that can cause trouble with swallowing, and you want to get it seen to. If the choking part is allowing food or tiquid to get into your lungs, you could end up with a very nasty case of pneumonia.
Also have your doctor refer you to a speech therapist for a swallow evaluation. A speech therapist can tell you what exactly is going wrong with the swallowing, and will tell you what sort of foods and liquids it's safe to eat or drink right now.
- [quote]David Tennant - nice and solicitous to the point of being bizarre, but his wife is a cunt and they act like they hate each other
Interesting. I do wonder how much truth there is in the rumors that they only got married because she got pregnant.
I'm baffled by the Richard Dean Anderson and Ellen Burstyn encounters. I'd always heard they were some of the nicer celebs in Hollywood.
- R430/ Registered Nurse, thank you very much for the information. I'm still hoping that someone could make the thread, just because I don't want to take up space on other threads.
- I met Virgil Fox after a concert one time when I was a teenager. He autographed my program and when he found out I was taking organ lessons he put a faux scowl on his face, shook his finger at me and told me to "practice, practice, practice." I had no gaydar at the time and later found out he was gay and apparently quite out. He was an incredible musician and his shows playing Bach on the organ with a light show behind him was incredible.
- >>>Interesting. I do wonder how much truth there is in the rumors that they only got married because she got pregnant.
I reckon it is. They didn't live together until a couple of months before she gave birth, and he went away for six months right after she got pregnant. There were rumours about him being seen kissing a blonde woman while filming that movie in Scotland and then pics leaked of him looking kinda friendly with a blonde. Might not be true or someone might have used a perfectly innocent friendship to stir shit.
Their PRs are certainly working overtime to push the relationship. The Daily Mail publishes about one article a week gushing about how blissfully in love they are, which the Mail never do! They always have all the exclusives too. They used to hate Tennant for his left wing beliefs and outspoken hatred of them, they were always writing nasty articles about him. He got engaged suddenly a 180. Any other celeb had an out-of-wedlock baby they'd rip them apart.
- R414, do you think either Cassidy or Gershon is gay/bi?
- r428 It also can be caused by acid reflux. Have your doctor prescribe you some Nexium and watch your caffeine and fatty foods.
- Nexium is the active isomer of Prilosec (omeprazole, also available OTC). They rebranded it and marketed it as "the new purple pill" just as Prilosec went generic. It isn't remotely new, but it does cost an extra $100 per month, straight into the CEO's insanely-inflated paycheck.
- R434, yes I remember reading all that in the David Tennant threads we've had on DL but it's more interesting now to think about it seeing what R424 posted.
- When I met David Tennant, I was really impressed by his warmth and compassion. He listened to me describe my choking problem, and the medical advice he gave me was very helpful. He said that for his acid reflux, he used Gaviscon, and he had good results with it.
- Offtopic but Tennant dissed Tom Cruise in an interview recently which warmed my cold black heart. I think it's the first time he's ever been less than lovely and positive about anyone, save Margaret Thatcher.
- What did he say, R440? Do you have a link to the interview?
- The Quaid brothers when they were appearing Off-Broadway in "True West." Both ended up in a bar where my friends and I were. Dennis: nice but a bit aloof. Randy: great guy. Chatted with us and was very, very down to earth.
The Roche sisters: Terre was adorable, Suzzy very funny, and Maggie...a little odd. Not quite there.
G. Gordon Liddy and Timothy Leary: Both appeared at the college where I was getting my MA. The former (believe it or not)was very nice. When he heard I had worked for Mondale, he smiled and said "well, nobody's perfect." We both laughed, and years later, I still think to myself, "this guy was nuts but very charming." Leary?
A-S-S-H-O-L-E. Stoned, nasty, and a racist.
Vannessa Redgrave: Class act. Smart, and much taller than you might think.
- [quote]I met Dominique Strauss-Khan in Rykers Island
Wow. Well, what was he like????
- BUMP IN MY MUFFIN!
- r442, how long before Randy went off the deep end did you meet them?
- I keep thinking this thread is called Which celebrities have you met in prison?
- r441, he didn't really diss him hard, was just snarky about his lack of height and the Scientology thing. But he's never snarky about anyone, ever. Audio at link.
- R446, why are you stealing my post from however. Any pages back?
- I was sitting near David Tennant at the Almeida a week or so ago, seeing Billie Piper, and he was ranting to his mates about all the recent Daily Mail articles about his marriage and how they're full of lies and he doesn't understand how they get so much info. Which really is weird, considering how much those articles scream PR plant and clearly someone is giving them insider info. Hell Peter Davison's given them interviews about their relationship a few times.
Btw Billie Piper is a really good actress on stage.
- "ranting to his mates about all the recent Daily Mail articles about his marriage and how they're full of lies and he doesn't understand how they get so much info"
Reset the password on your phone, David. NOW.
- I met Mick Jagger in a bar I went to with my Mom. They really hit it off. He was lovely and charming and picked up our tab. It was just a couple of drinks and he left the bartender something like $30 for the tip.
Very intelligent, calm, lovely guy.
Other lovely people: Rod Stewart, Sylvester Stallone, Julia Roberts (adorable), Sonia Braga a doll), Robin Strasser (another doll).
Travolta very briefly. I was so starstruck that I could barely look at him.
Cindy Crawford: cold. Polite, but very cold.
Lou Reed is an ASSHOLE each and every time I see him. Total douche.
Sammy Davis Jr was a bastard.
Rip Taylor lived in my neighborhood and I saw him on a weekly basis. He was always insane. He carried that glitter in his pocket and used to throw it at people. I never saw him act any differently than he did on game shows. I always wondered if he "glittered" people in the rain.
Lived on UES in the 80s
- I was at a dinner party on the UWS. Patti LuPone was seated across the table from me. She overdid it; she took seconds and even thirds of some courses. She complained of indigestion and asked the people seated near her if anyone had a Nexium. I said that I had some over-the-counter omeprazole which is much less expensive, but she just glared at me and did not acknowledge my offer.
What a bitch!
- r451, do you have any good stories about Lou Reed being an asshole?
- [quote]Lou Reed is an ASSHOLE each and every time I see him. Total douche.
I hear this all the time about Lou Reed, what the hell is his problem? He thinks he's better than everyone he encounters?
Surprised to hear that Sammy Davis Jr. was an asshole, he always came across to me as one of the nice ones.
- I have never heard anything even close to nice about Lou Reed. He thinks his shit doesn't stink. A man that age and apparently never learned anything.
- Re: Lou Reed. A few years ago I read an article written by a woman who attended a New York dinner party with Reed, Laurie Anderson and Susan Sontag in the 1990s. She wrote about how they were all a bunch of insufferable, above-it-all pretentious cunts and ignored her for the entire evening because she wasn't "important." It was pretty funny.
- Are you talking about the Terry Castle piece, R457? Castle comes across as an insufferable wannabe herself, but the article is pleasurably juicy and bitchy.
- That's the one, R458. I liked a lot of Sontag's essays, but as a person I probably wouldn't be able to stand her for five minutes.
- Funny -- I met Susan Sontag at Jean Lafitte's on 58th Street some years ago (mid to late 90's). It is now defunct. She was very warm and charming. Then again, I was, if not important, friendly with the people with whom she was dining. And arguably important.
- Is 'standing in line at a bank' or 'running into the bank' code for something?? Seriously?
Also, Brook Shields' mother Teri never remarried after she divorced Frank Shields, and certainly not an Auchincloss.
- met jfk jr in the elevator ages ago.
great hair and killer smile.
- I was a waiter at a popular restaurant for years, occasionally act, and have done big PR events for an event company. I've also lived in NYC since I was 17, so I've encountered (rather than met) many people already listed here.
Ellen Burstyn- I know she has a horrible reputation, but when I was a teenager, I introduced myself to her on the street and said I loved her in that faith healer movie "Resurrection" she had just done. I told her I loved it, and she was entirely gracious, and took a minute to chat with me about it. I hear she's a total horror though.
Mike Tyson called me a faggot under his breath. I told him I could hear him, and that he should have waited until I walked away. Ass.
Mike Nichols was always very droll to the point of being silly. He seems to need a lot of attention, but in a fun way.
John Waters is always exactly like he is on tv. Very friendly, and talkative and delighted to be there. I love him.
Andrea Martin was also very amused when I told her how much I liked her work, as compared to all the other big stars I had met and remained unimpressed with. She asked me to tell her friends what I had said, and laughed heartily, and thanked me while holding my hand. I hear she isn't the warmest person on any given day.
Richard Thomas is the warmest, most down to earth, low-maintenance celebrity ever. When being honored by a big non-profit for his work for them, he was given a ride home in a limo, and crammed in a bunch of people he knew who lived on his block!
Antonio Banderas mistook me for the host of a small celebrity-riddled dinner party, and hugged me, even after I told him I was the waiter. Charming!
Arthur Miller and his wife Ingrid Morath were quite charming, and interesting. They were frequent dinner guests of a producer who was a well known right wing lunatic. How they put up with her I have no idea. She frequently said insane or bizarre things around them, as if she'd never read an Arthur Miller play! Miller was huge, imposing and very attractive into his 80s.
Other than that, the usual rogues gallery: Hillary Clinton, Al D'Amato, Mike Bloomberg, Courtney Love, Hugo Chavez, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Chuck Close, Jonathan Farkas, Nan Kempner, Bette Midler, JFK Jr., Claes Oldenburg, Agnes Martin, Jason Reitman, Frank Marshall, and The Dalai Lama...others.
- [quote]Mike Tyson called me a faggot under his breath. I told him I could hear him, and that he should have waited until I walked away. Ass.
Are you joking? What happened that made him call you that? He's got nerve considering he talks like one.
- I love how Lou Reed basically comes up as an enormous jerk in every single post.
- Forgot one. I have posted this on other threads ages ago, but the Rolling Stones rehearsed for one of their tours (Steel Wheels? forget which) at a private school near my house. They were rehearsing in the gym and staying nearby. Long story short, we got in to watch them rehearse. It was awesome. They were SO NICE -- offered us tons of beer (we were teenagers) and food. Signed autographs. Very down to earth.
The worst celebrity experience I had was with a personal trainer whose name now escapes me. She worked with Jen Aniston and had a moment during the Friends era. She had the biggest attitude I have ever seen in my life, which was hilarious, as NOBODY knew who she was. Went nuts over a plane reservation and pulled the whole "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" routine. Which was hilarious, as nobody did know who she was.
- R416 -- My error, sort of. The former Diana Lippert was married to Thomas Gore Auchincloss (son of Hugh, stepfather of Jacqueline Bouvier). She was Diana Auchincloss at the time -- actually Didi. That's when she moved into my family's building on 84th Street. She subsequently (presumably divorced and then married) Frank Shields, father of Brooke. From 1970 on, she was Didi Shields.
I was a kid at the time, so was apparently mistaken about whether the little girl was there because of her mother or her father. I did know, however, that the former first lady was in the building because of the Auchincloss connection.
When I said that I ran into JFKjr at the bank (I don't remember, did I mention the Springer spaniel?), it meant that on Madison Avenue and 84th Street there was a bank branch in a space that is now occupied by a Brown, Harris Stevens office. The building's address is 40 East 84th Street. And JohnJohn, as he was then called, was inside the bank with the dog and a bodyguard. And we talked briefly about the dog. When we ran into each other on Columbus Avenue, it was many years later, and he inquired about MY dog.
- Oops -- ANOTHER error. That was a reply to R461, not R416. Sorry. Senility is a bitch.
- Reporter Steve Gregory, very conceited, thinks he's all that.
- [quote]Tyson called me a faggot under his breath. I told him I could hear him, and that he should have waited until I walked away. Ass.
What an asshole. Not surprised that Tyson is more of a prick.
- Singer Lou Reed....don't even ask.
Brooke Shields...went out of her way to talk to my gay friends.
- I met Sammy Davis Jr. in Japan. Incredibly friendly and warm. Super short. He grabbed one of the bandmembers's girlfriend, who was about 4'10" and started hauling her around saying he found one who was his size. He was married to Altovese at the time but he was with an absolutely breathtaking blonde model, female. He came to our table and talked for a while and when we asked if he would join the band onstage for a song or two, he laughed and said if we'd asked 20 years ago, he'd have been up there in a second.
- I see Cheyenne Jackson at the gym all the time,
and Tim Gunn at the dry cleaners.
- R473, what does Cheyenne Jackson's butt look like in person?
- █████ you S.O.P.A!
(The first word has been found in violation of H.R. 3261, S.O.P.A and Senate Bill 968, P.I.P.A. and has been removed)
- Queen Mother Elizabeth - charming and seemed aware of everything going on all about her yet appeared to give full attention to each person she spoke to.
Prince Philip - seems bored and not wanting to be there until he finds you can discuss WWII history of naval warfare in the Med and Pacific. His ship was involved in heavy fighting in the Med and it was his plan, as a junior officer, that helped his warship escape into darkness tricking the enemy into attacking the wrong location.
Carol Channing - met her twice. Fun and always on.
Mary Martin - we had a nice chat about some of her non-Broadway recordings.
Anne Jeffreys - She had just returned from a trip to China and I had just returned from an around the world trip so we had a lot to talk about.
Helen Reddy - friends and I spent an afternoon with her. Lots of fun, vivacious, charming, and is sure to include everyone in conversation.
Joan Rivers - almost shy, pensive, motherly, no jokes - the total opposite of what we see on TV.
President of Portugal - he asked for copies of photos I was taking. Wrote a nice thank you.
Connie Francis - shy until some music started and we sang together.
Lee Grant - charming, good listener
Barry Bostwick - we discussed his portrayal of George Washington and talked about his research for the role.
Robert Merrill - we sat around in his dressing room following a concert. He had a powerful voice that filled the theater and needed no microphone. We talked about Lerner and Lowe musicals since he and Jane Powell had recorded four L&L shows.
Zsa Zsa Gabor - I was a college student at the time. We met at a party. I was sitting alone, off to the side, just awed over all the famous people and watching all the celebs. She came over, sat down and started asking about my college studies - was very animated regarding Humanities and the importance of knowing music, art, and architecture.
Lorna Luft - At a party for Kaye Stevens, she was sitting in a corner by herself. Seemed very shy - the opposite of wnen I saw her powerful club act on stage.
Margaret Truman and Clifton Daniel - really nice people. I had spent time with him earlier in the day. He was retired from the NY Times. That evening, when husband and wife were together, he told her that I was a big fan of her DC murder mysteries. We corresponded and talked on the phone after that.
- Bump. I want more. This are great!
- ^^ Sorry this was me. I'm immigrant from Slovenia.
- "I'm immigrant from Slovenia."
Do you hate Moose and Squirrel?
- I met Mike Tyson at Crunch on Sunset once and he was nice.
- I met Clyde Barrow at Pinkberry.
- Most have probably never heard of him, but Michael Corbett, actor who used to be on soaps, and now does segments for Extra, on celeb homes.
Saw him last year in Palm Springs, at El Mirasol (very casual), and he and his gay possee came in with so much attitude. He acted like he was Brad
Pitt. No one cared.They wanted to get a table, before all uf us who had been waiting. Didn't work.
- Met quite a few over the years. Here's a few......
Sat near Joan Rivers during a play and was amazed at how different she is from her public persona. Very low key and gracious. Talked to fans during intermission and after the play. Ironically, I had better seats than she did.
Became quite friendly with Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson while they were doing Xanadu. They would always stop and chat with me. Would both hug me too. Still do when I see them.
Talked to Deborah Harry after she did that funky play she did at the Kitchen a while back. I'm a huge fan, have seen her numerous times, with and without Blondie. But I was totally flabbergasted when she said how nice it was to see me again.
Have met most of the actors from One Life to Live at different times. Absolutely adore Ilene Kristen. Warm, funny, great conversationalist. Josh Kelly and David Gregory look like they would be arrogant and self-absorbed. Quite the opposite. Very friendly, very accessible, extremely charming. Kristen Alderson is adorable. Very sweet, very perky and always happy to see a familiar face. Also Jason Tam, Gina Tognoni, Shenelle Edmonds, Brittany Underwood, Shaun Ringgold--all great to interact with. The exception: John-Paul Lavoisier. As smug as they come, seems to think he's witty and clever. Far from it
- Soapers don't count.
- Cesar Romero
- [quote] Margaret Truman and Clifton Daniel - really nice people. I had spent time with him earlier in the day. He was retired from the NY Times. That evening, when husband and wife were together, he told her that I was a big fan of her DC murder mysteries.
I've read that those novels were all ghostwritten. That she just lent her name to them.
- How tall are you, R420?
Only now reviewing this thread
- [quote]I love how Lou Reed basically comes up as an enormous jerk in every single post.
And Laurie Anderson is always described as nice. I'm puzzled by their marriage.
- Bill and Hillary Clinton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer were at a Renaissance event and Barbra Streisand came over. Everyone was required to wear name tages ("Hi my name is Hillary!") and yet Babs, who was decked out in a black cape, didn't have one on. She made a beeline for Dr. Ruth when she saw her and started making a big fuss..."Oh, I love you, I think you're wonderful, etc." Dr. Ruth, not seeing a nametag, said, "Oh how nice of you...I'm sorry, but who are you?"
- I once posed nude for Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka The Earl of Snowdon. It was the most humiliating experience of my life. Not only didn't he look up from the table, they threw me out of the restaurant.
- R247, which was Adolph Green? weirdo or jerk? His wife Phylis Newman had a look-a-like first cousin, also named Phylis Newman Weiss who I knew as a child. Such a darling, sweet lady. I hope she is well.
- Cheyenne Jackson: tall and gorgeous in person. Threw me a KILLER cruise in the East 20s. It stopped me dead in my tracks before I even recognized him.
The man just radiates SEX.
- It's time to clear out WW so that r491's post may be its sole occupant for a while. I bow to r491.
- Martin Lawrence he walked into a McDonalds our school went to after a taping of California Dreams.
He bought food for all of us.
- Agree 494. It's so weird that it's sublime. I vote W&W.
- R492 Phyllis always complained that Adolph had to be sprinkled with Meat Tenderizer before playtime.
- The latest one, Dave Atel at Comedy Cellar. I blew him off because I just smoked hydro and had difficulties navigating the stairs up to the street to have a cigarette.
Diana Auchincloss was called Didi? Wasn't there also a Nina Auchincloss the called Nini? Didi and Nini!!!!!!!!! Goyim!!!! feh
- Patti Lupone, who I was shocked to find to quite nice in addition to being very interesting. Of course, I just met her once.
- I met Patti outside the theater after a performance of "Gypsy", and she was very cordial. I guess her reputation as a bitch may have to do with some of the people she works with. On the other hand, she and Mandy Patinkin are buddy-buddy, and he is a known asshole!
- [quote]I met Mike Tyson at Crunch on Sunset once and he was nice.
Back in 1990 a friend of mine got word from a bartender friend that Mike Tyson was shitfaced drunk in the lobby bar at the Hyatt Regency in Houston. My friend picked me up, and we made a beeline for the hotel to see him in person. There he was, indeed drunk off his ass, friendly as hell. I want more celebrity encounters like that.
- portia di rossi-- private dyke party and at a LES ladybar: super friendly; good dancer; a bit dirty and drunk the second time
russell simmons-- arsehole. grabbed my ass so i stomped on his instep
wesley snipes-- surprisingly nice. when he heard i was taking the subway home he offered to loan me his limo
rufus wainwright-- very sweet. laughed when i gushed over a beatles cover he'd done, since i attributed the songwriting to him
courtney love-- wasted. delusional. having listened to her babble on at length i can't imagine why she is rumored to be so intelligent
tatum o'neill-- offered coke to my friend's assistant, who was fighting a head cold. kept saying "you do drugs, right?" to all of us, even though we kept telling her we didn't
robert de niro-- gave me the sexiest, lingering stare i have ever experienced (i'm female & black, as was my hostess, who was his active girlfriend at the time)
scarlett johannson-- at the met. very pretty. no makeup except for lip gloss and mascara. asked to bum a cigarette and wished me luck as I'd just given up smoking. chatted about the exhibit and the freakishly warm winter weather. very normal.
janeane garofalo: hailed a cab but then gave it to me when she saw i was on a cane. very tiny and round with a square face, but cute.
lou reed-- became APOPLECTIC when he couldnt get into an event my friend had organized. He excoriated her afterwards but she came right back at him (but collapesed in tears afterwards). A raging, entitled cunt.
winona ryder: a lunatic. and unprofessional. she was meant to host a reading event for JT Leroy and instead of preparing an intro she just batted her eyelashes, wrung her hands, and then blamed her rambling on the fact that she'd just become an aunt. at the afterparty she made a sudden move too close to JT and "his" superfan/groupie/manager literally slugged her. That JT circus was bananas.
Mike Tyson: I was underage and was trying to get him to buy me and my beautiful younger friend a drink. He took one look at her and said something like, "Keep her away from me," but while shaking his head and laughing. He bought us both ONE drink and told us to behave ourselves. Unbelievably well behaved. This was in the 90s.
River Phoenix-- He was performing with his band and invited people from the audience to join him, so three friends and I did, among others. Drank beer with him afterwards. He seemed stoned.
Howard Stern-- pathologically shy, awkward and dull off-air. we had a fifteen minute conversation about salad. was very "handled" by his producer and protected by robin, who went absolutely APESHIT over a (rightfully) perceived diss against Howard in the context of their planned broadcast. This was in the 80s when he was on K-Rock
annabella sciorra-- a very down chick. this was way back in the 90's but she was cool as fuck. met her at a private party for some movie she was promoting. very candid. we exchanged spike lee horror stories (mine were second hand).
Francois Kevorkian (legendary house dj): i was browsing through vinyl at the sadly shuttered Satellite Records on the Bowery when an older white man started doing the same beside me. He was looking at some of my selections so I extolled a Joe Claussel purchase I was about to make. He smiled and mildly assented and was about to leave when one of the staff told me who he was. Joe Claussel was one of Francois K's founding partners of the legendary house party Body and Soul. When they told me who he was I shrieked, "Francois K!??!" and he froze as if he'd been assassinated. I ran over to him, told him I was a fan, and started asking about out of prints from his record label. He gave me his card and told me to email him. I did and someone in his office helped me find some of the tracks I'd been looking for. One of the few times I lost my shit.
M.I.A.-- backstage at one of her concerts. Long story short-- she gave me an unsolicited kiss on the lips. HOT.
- R503 I love you.
- I know of three separate people who are in entertainment and either met or had business dealings with Mary Tyler Moore....
....and they all say that "Ordinary People" showed way more of the real Mare than we're used to seeing. .
- I also *heart* r503.
- [quote]Anna Marie Horsford (the mom from Friday and Dee on The Wayans Bros.): She was surprisingly glamourous...very theatrical, but nice.
You forgot her most known role--Thelma Frye on "Amen".
- What about Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michael Fassbender? Anyone met them?
- *kiss* r503!
- I met Robert Englund. Total prick. What made matters worse was that it was at a horror convention, and I was paying $30 for his autograph at the time.
He lost a fan that day.
- Margaret Cho - Very very friendly and down to earth. I was an assistant on a photo shoot and an admittedly big cho fan. She wanted music and I had green day in my car so she loved it.
Tom and Roseanne - Roseanne could not have cared less about me until I started talking to Tom who really likes it when you tell him you like his work. Roseanne came over and said "what about me?" and we she warmed up.
Jerry Seinfeld - kinda aloof, could not be bothered, I shook his hand and he looked at me like "did you wash your hand?"
Eva Longoria - Amazingly warm and nice. Down to earth. Knew every crew members name was never a diva.
Ryan Gosling - exudes sex, like all the time. He looks at you like he wants to fuck you. Very nice guy though and aware of his affect on people.
Ryan Seacrest - smarmy is the word. He is so affected he talks like he is hosting american idol. Nice enough guy - zero sexuality. Tiny.
Adam Levine - a dick. Impressed with his own talent way more than he should be. Once saw him make out with a girl at a party and then drop her when a hotter girl came his way.
Cher - shy around strangers and a bit guarded. Once she warms up so freaking nice it is scary. Tiny. Funny as hell and a little clueless at times.
Celine Dion - is a hard core diva when it comes to her voice..but probably the nicest person I have ever met. She would give you a kidney if you needed it. When you have her attention she is genuinely interested in what your saying. Loves her fans.
- Don't know if this counts...in the disco days I was in Bloomingdales on the couture floor...just being my usual new jersey tourista self...sat down on the side of an aisle to watch the runway show that was running on one of the tv's scattered around...a woman and her friend sat down next to me ( like our elbows touched) and she was wearing a rabbit furr baseball jacket- tacky even then- and I was like ...wow...thats Lorna Luft next to me! She was wearing Littmans type rings including a big script "lL".....all I wanted to do was ask her where Liza was....never got over those cheapy looking rings...
"Ryan Gosling - exudes sex, like all the time. He looks at you like he wants to fuck you. Very nice guy though and aware of his affect on people."
Please, tell me you are a male.
- Not someone I've met personally, but...my boyfriend lived in Australia for a few years when he was a kid, and one of his classmates was Portia de Rossi. She was called "Mandy" then. I kind of didn't believe him until he showed me their class picture (he was seated next to her). He said she was very sweet and not stuck up, although she was already modeling and doing commercials by that time.
- Tom Hardy is a pretty nice guy, despite his obsession with hiding his upper class roots.
JGL is very laid-back, down to earth and just fun to be around with.
Fassy flirts with every exotic woman he sees, loves booze and lives in Hackney.
Jesse Eisenberg is a typical Jewish neurotic, but incredibly sincere and modest.
- Katie Couric - funny. I was a PA a long time ago and we had an inter-office chat system (kind of like gchat). Was hilarious on it, very down to earth.
Norah O Donnell - ICE QUEEN. Huge snob.
Tim Russert - had a nice assistant who'd worked with him for like 100 years.
Pete Williams - Pentagon correspondent. Very sweet and nice.
Claire Shipman - lovely.
- I took my nephews to a sci-fi convention a few years back and met Mark Hamill from Star Wars. I had met other celebs (all assholes, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Madonna), but Hamill was fun, cool, interesting and talked a blue streak. My nephews were 9 and 11 and they were huge Luke Skywalker fans. They loved Mark. He answered all their questions and we almost couldn't get away from him. LoL. He asked us questions and seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say. We had our pictures taken with him and my nephews will never forget that day. Mark is a truly cool dude. Like I said, he talked so much we finally broke away because there were other fans who wanted to meet him. I loved the original Star Wars movies when I was a kid, but rediscovered them after meeting Hamill. A real class act.
- R503, I had a similar experience with Tatum O'Neal back in the 90s. I was at a party for a showbiz friend and ended up sitting on a sofa with several friends and people I knew. She ended up in our group (honestly, I did not know it was Tatum at the time. I knew of her a couple of decades earlier when she was a child, but I had kind of forgotten about her). She kept offering us coke, pills, weed, etc. One woman in our group did some coke with her, but the rest of us didn't use drugs. She was very friendly and funny. She excused herself to go "powder her nose" and I told my buddy she was familiar. He laughed and said, "Dude, that's Tatum O'Neal." She came back and hung with us for a while, then she took off with some friends.
- Paul Thomas Anderson. Met him when he was in Venice this year. Huge snob, very unfriendly to us fans of his work.
- Sally Kirkland - was with her sister who was hitting on my friend - she was amazingly nice, told her I loved Anna and she touched my face and almost cried thanking me (she was drinking lol).
Christian Slater - my table in vip room was given to Christan while I was in the bathroom, so I went to it to grab by cigs and lighter (it was a nice 100 dollar flameless lighter). When I went to get it he grabbed then and said "these are mine now." I grabbed his arm and made him drop them. I told him I don't mind losing my table but he can fuck off if he thinks he is taking my stuff. Had me kicked out.
Michael T Weiss - loves to PNP - very nice but quiet - I fucked him a few times.
Paris Hilton - as much as I want to say she is a cunt - she was really really nice to me, I was invited to a party she was hosting by a friend of a friend who did not show up. She went out of her way to make me feel welcome and introduced me to everyone there as her good friend. Granted I had really good coke and shared a bump or two with her.
Julia Roberts - when she married Lyle Lovett, I had a friend who worked at the restaurant they were going to have their dinner at. She called me to tell me to come to dinner that night, she made me reservations and not to ask why. I did with my BFF and there was Juila, Lyle and wedding party. She was awesome, everyone there that night was suddenly in their party (the restaurant was not that big) she and lyle took pics with everyone, she was great
Shannen Doughtery - a real space case - my bff worked in casting at Lorimar and knew her - she called one time from Del Taco to ask what she should get...
Ricki Martin - skittish, like doe skittish. Was very shy until I spoke Spanish (I am fluent) we talked for 30 mins in spanish during a photoshoot. (this was pre coming out) he constantly was checking the room like someone was going to burst in at any second.
- Copied and pasted from another thread but any dirt on Alex Skarsgard? Anna Paquin? Henry Cavill? Lena Headey?
- Lorne Greene once brushed past me in the New Orleans airport.
- Mainly in the '70s . . .
Marlene Dietrich. After a concert. Amazingly beautiful skin. Sweet - knew I was a capricorn (i am), only talked for a few minutes, but she was gracious.
Sat next to Garbo in the theatre. She dropped her program, I picked it up, she said "thanks" - well . . Sorta barked thanks. She left at interval, probably just as well, I could finally concentrate on the show!
Sean Connery, again at a theatre. Was pleasant enough until I mentioned Bond. (he had just left the series) he made a fist- but relaxed when he say my apologetic/terrified 19 y.o. face.
Juliet Mills. Another theatre after a show. Sweet, funny, friendly, wicked sense of humour - like a lot of those theatrical Brits.
Quite a few more, Robert Reed, Glenda Jackson and others from that time.
Obviously I am now an Eldergay, so not so many new encounters.
- Wow, Dietrich AND Garbo. Impressive, R523.
- Thanks R524 - It seems like a million years ago. Forgot to mention the most recent and absolute nicest, Bea Arthur. Met her a few times, talking together longer each time. She was losing her hearing, but still fun. A treasured memory. R523
- [quote]What about Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michael Fassbender? Anyone met them?
I've met JGL, but I honestly don't know what to tell you. He's a nice guy. Like many Hollywood types, "what they're like" depends on what you can and cannot tolerate in a person.
I like him. He may be a little full of himself, but he means well and gets his work done.
- [quote]Michael T Weiss - loves to PNP - very nice but quiet - I fucked him a few times.
Where did you meet up? Was it a quickie each time?
- Karen Ziemba -- several times. A real doll and so sweet.
- Godzilla. He was a lot smaller in person, if you can believe it.
- half of these posts are bullshit, and Cher is NOT TINY! She's 5 foot 7, which is not tiny.
- The Dr. from Star Trek Voyager - Robert Picardo.
The nasty personality of the Dr. wasn't acting.
- I met 'direct to home video actor' Jason London. He was a real shit-ass.
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- bump so people don't post in the other thread someone made without searching
- Al Gore about 12 years ago, charming, beautiful skin, shook my hand and held onto it.
Rosa Parks, sweet tiny little lady in a wheelchair.
Cal Ripken Jr. in the 80's, really handsome at the time in a fresh, preppy way. Beautiful eyes and hair (he still had hair then).
I met Dan Blocker in the 60's after a parade in New York. I was standing there with my parents and he said "Hello there, little fella".
I sat near Imelda Marcos in First Class from Lax to Boston, after the meal service she bent over and wiped something off her shoe.
Bumped into Henry Fonda (literally) when he lived on Sutton Place. He was very polite and apologized.
- "Imelda Marcos...she bent over and wiped something off her shoe."
- The right shoe she was wearing...one of 20,000.
- John Turturro--incorrectly assumed I was the help at a large charity event and rudely barked at me asking where the location of the bathroom.
Elaine Stritch--she started a conversation with me while waiting for the light to change in midtown East.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg--I met them through work. My interaction with them was brief, but they were very pleasant and kind and gave me their names when I needed to provide information to them. They didn't expect me to recognize them (as many celebrities do--generally the D-listers).
Becki Newton--again through work, this was while she was appearing on "Ugly Betty." She's a total sweetheart. I see through fake girls very easily, especially actresses, but she was very genuine.
Joanna Lumley--very formal and posh, not at all Patsy-like. She seemed surprised I knew who she was and I think more surprised that I didn't babble off a Patsy or Edina line to her. She was very grateful that I went out of my way to help her accomplish a task.
I've had other experiences...I will report more later when I can sort them out.
- I almost thought it said "in prison" opppps
- Imelda Marcos had 1,000 identical black bras, 2,700 pair of shoes with pocketbooks to match while the people of her country looked through dumpsters looking for food.
- Bill Gates - total geek.