Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Your Brush with Greatness.


HelenBaby2
 Share

Recommended Posts

How could this one slip my mind.......

 

About four or five years ago, our boss took all the supervisors to a restaurant in Marina Del Rey. Well, outside the picture window was a familiar face, we thought. It was left up to me to go out there and ask, "Aren't you the world's most exciting man from the Dos Equis commercials?" He said yes. To this day, I couldn't tell you his name if my life depended on it lol.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey, aren't you an LA dude, James? The City of Angels is swarming with celebs.

 

Though, that said when I was a young man and went to LA for the very first time I expected to trip over celebs. But the only person I spotted when I was there was Jo Anne Worley!

 

Much later I lived in LA for about a year and it was a different story.

Lol. Reminds me of the time in the late 70s, when my aunt, principal of an elementary school in East LA, invited me and several cousins go there for an event that promised to have a bunch of celebrities, the main one being Erik Estrada, then at the height of his CHIPS fame, as well as one of the few Latinos to be seen on English language tv. Well,.that jerk Estrada.was a no-show, and us kids were not happy with the biggest name there, Mr. Whipple of Charmin fame.
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Lol. Reminds me of the time in the late 70s, when my aunt, principal of an elementary school in East LA, invited me and several cousins go there for an event that promised to have a bunch of celebrities, the main one being Erik Estrada, then at the height of his CHIPS fame, as well as one of the few Latinos to be seen on English language tv. Well,.that jerk Estrada.was a no-show, and us kids were not happy with the biggest name there, Mr. Whipple of Charmin fame.

Mr. Whipple!!!!!

Did he sign wafers of Charmin?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How could this one slip my mind.......

 

About four or five years ago, our boss took all the supervisors to a restaurant in Marina Del Rey. Well, outside the picture window was a familiar face, we thought. It was left up to me to go out there and ask, "Aren't you the world's most exciting man from the Dos Equis commercials?" He said yes. To this day, I couldn't tell you his name if my life depended on it lol.

 

Seems "The Most Interesting Man in the World" is played by actor Jonathan Goldsmith, Arturo. Love those TV and radio ads. And btw, Dos Equis Amber is one of my favorite beers.

 

On a similar note, years ago I once boarded on a plane the actor who for a while was perhaps best known for hawking Pontiac cars and Michelob beer on TV...actor Paul Richards.

 

5168_116430867209.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was seated next to Andrea Martin on a flight from NYC to Toronto on the evening of December 8, 1980.

 

I remember the date as my cab had gone by the Dakota earlier in the evening and by the time I got home in Toronto and turned on Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell was breaking the story that John Lennon had been murdered.

It was unusually warm in NYC that evening.  Very strange and sad day, indeed.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was seated next to Andrea Martin on a flight from NYC to Toronto on the evening of December 8, 1980.

 

I remember the date as my cab had gone by the Dakota earlier in the evening and by the time I got home in Toronto and turned on Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell was breaking the story that John Lennon had been murdered.

It was unusually warm in NYC that evening.  Very strange and sad day, indeed.

Wow. What a sad night.

 

About four years ago, I was on a flight back from Mexico City with some friends. On that fight was Banda / Reality TV star, Jenny Rivera, and her new husband (or so my female friends said). As she sat in First Class, us peons could'ln't fawn over her or ask for her autograph or selfies until we were on our way to Customs at LAX. Jenny died last year in a plane crash, flying out of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, on her way to another tour stop.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was seated next to Andrea Martin on a flight from NYC to Toronto on the evening of December 8, 1980.

 

I remember the date as my cab had gone by the Dakota earlier in the evening and by the time I got home in Toronto and turned on Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell was breaking the story that John Lennon had been murdered.

It was unusually warm in NYC that evening.  Very strange and sad day, indeed.

A very sad story to which I have an adjunct. About six years ago, I hit my head in my apartment, against the corner of a new piece of built-in furniture. I didn't black out or anything but felt I should go to the ER. The nearest ER to my apartment is Roosevelt Hospital, just a few blocks away. The doctor who took care of me that day was Dr. Stephen Lynn, who had tried his best to resuscitate John Lennon many years before.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, I went to a movie in Century City, and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, along with Rob Reiner and a woman, were seated two rows in front of me.

 

That wouldn't have been the same night you didn't use the crosswalk and ALSO met that nice LAPD officer, would it?! ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That wouldn't have been the same night you didn't use the crosswalk and ALSO met that nice LAPD officer, would it?! ;)

No, but it WAS the same night that I was caught by another LAPD officer u r I n a t I n g behind a tree on Santa Monica Boulevard. He let me off, though, with a stern warning.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I told this anecdote in another thread before but perhaps this is the thread in which to repeat it.

 

Away back in the early '80s I was sitting at a keno bar in Caesar's Palace in Vegas. There was suddenly much commotion on the other side of the girl sitting on a bar stool beside me as I saw various bar patrons converging with pens and napkins upon the person beside her.

 

In looking over I saw that it was Rodney Dangerfield, trying to have a conversation with a young girl sitting beside him.

 

The girl between Dangerfield and myself turned to me and asked me, "Who is he?"

 

I provided her with his name but could see by the blank expression on her face that she had never heard of him.

 

"Go ahead and dump your drink on him," I told her, "He doesn't get any respect anyway."

 

Since she didn't know Dangerfield or his no respect shtick, my joke went right over her head, of course.

 

At that point Dangerfield got off his bar stool to escape the crowd. Glancing down at his legs, they were on full display as Rodney was wearing a pair of loud, tacky Bermuda shorts (not unlike the way he might have dressed in Caddyshack). I remember think that he had, by the way, really bowed legs. I meant they were really bent out. Nor was he as big or barrel chested as he appears on screen.

 

As Dangerfield walked past me I heard him say, "Give me a break. I just want to have a drink." I watched him disappear into the glitter of the casino.

 

I was rather pleased with myself at the time with this encounter with a famous comedian (really, one of the great stand up comics of all time). Unlike others who were making a fuss over Dangerfield's presence, I was very laid back and "cool," making that dump your drink on him comment, and all.

 

Interestingly, a friend of mine actually knew Rodney for a short while, spending a couple of weeks with him. He made her laugh and laugh herself silly. This same friend had met a number of other celebrities and, quite frankly, hadn't been too impressed with them. With Dangerfield, however, she had a good time.

 

She told me that she always suspected that the reason Rodney liked her company (he was very generous with her, too, paying for her hotel room after flying her to his nightclub in NYC) was that he could tell she genuinely liked him as a person. Unlike others, she felt, who clung onto him because of his fame and celebrity status.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I told this anecdote in another thread before but perhaps this is the thread in which to repeat it.

 

Away back in the early '80s I was sitting at a keno bar in Caesar's Palace in Vegas. There was suddenly much commotion on the other side of the girl sitting on a bar stool beside me as I saw various bar patrons converging with pens and napkins upon the person beside her.

 

In looking over I saw that it was Rodney Dangerfield, trying to have a conversation with a young girl sitting beside him.

 

The girl between Dangerfield and myself turned to me and asked me, "Who is he?"

 

I profided her with his name but could see by the blank expression on her face that she had never heard of him.

 

"Go ahead and dump your drink on him," I told her, "He doesn't get any respect anyway."

 

Since she didn't know Dangerfield or his no respect shtick, my joke went right over her head, of course.

 

At that point Dangerfield got off his bar stool to escape the crowd. Glancing down at his legs, they were on full display as Rodney was wearing a pair of loud, tacky Bermuda shorts (not unlike the way he might have dressed in Caddyshack). I remember think that he had, by the way, really bowed legs. I meant they were really bent out. Nor was he as big or barrel chested as he appears on screen.

 

As Dangerfield walked past me I heard him say, "Give me a break. I just want to have a drink." I watched him disappear into the glitter of the casino.

 

I was rather pleased with myself at the time with this encounter with a famous comedian (really, one of the great stand up comics of all time). Unlike others who were making a fuss over Dangerfield's presence, I was very laid back and "cool," making that dump your drink on him comment, and all.

 

Interestingly, a friend of mine actually knew Rodney for a short while, spending a couple of weeks with him. He made her laugh and laugh herself silly. This same friend had met a number of other celebrities and, quite frankly, hadn't been too impressed with them. With Dangerfield, however, she had a good time.

 

She told me that she always suspected that the reason Rodney liked her company (he was very generous with her, too, paying for her hotel room after flying her to his nightclub in NYC) was that he could tell she genuinely liked him as a person. Unlike others, she felt, who clung onto him because of his fame and celebrity status.

It would have been funny if she took your advice and DID dump her drink on him.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It would have been funny if she took your advice and DID dump her drink on him.

I know. It would make for a good topper for my anecdote, if she had. Actually, after cracking that comment to the girl, I must admit that I watched her for a few seconds just to make sure that she didn't actually impulsively follow through on my jokey suggestion.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

No, but it WAS the same night that I was caught by another LAPD officer u r I n a t I n g behind a tree on Santa Monica Boulevard. He let me off, though, with a stern warning.

 

 

What happened to using a bathroom?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I gave directions to a restaurant for Michael Palin when he was in Toronto.

Afterward, I was kicking myself for a missed opportunity to say, "But don't have the chill, there is too much rat in it."

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Sunset Boulevard thread made me remember another encounter.  I was in London wandering around the city and came upon a theatre with an open box office.  They were selling preview tickets for Sunset Boulevard, the musical, for the next night.  That night the theatre was packed and we were all in our seats when two men came down the aisle with a couple who were seated in front of me.  Andrew Lloyd Weber and his wife!  (The one after Sarah Brightman.)  It was hard to concentrate on the musical, as I was watching his reaction to his musical!

 

I wonder if Swithin saw the London production, and would love to know what he thought of it.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was at a Patti LuPone concert, cabaret style, and all night my date kept insisting she was seeing celebrities in the audience. I lost track of how many she thought she saw, and who they were.  Every time I looked, I told her she was wrong. Finally, she starting digging her claws into me and whispering "David Cassidy is sitting behind us. I'm not kidding. It's him." So to humor her, I pretended to cough, and turned my head (like I was getting checked for a hernia), and sure enough, it was Cassidy.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

I wonder if Swithin saw the London production, and would love to know what he thought of it.

I did indeed see that production of Sunset Blvd., in August 1993, with Patti LuPone. I don't know if there were any celebrities in the audience.  I did enjoy it. I liked the music, and I thought the production and cast were good (as I recall). And btw, the title of the show in the programme is Sunset Blvd.  (There was a discussion in one of the threads about whether Boulevard was spelled out; for the musical, based on my programme, it appears not to have been. It's the abbreviated street name, with a period.) I vaguely remember that Patti LuPone didn't stay with the show long; there was some disagreement between her and ALW, perhaps, and she left.

 

I'd been going to ALW musicals in London since a friend who lived in Holland Park played the pre-production recording of Evita for me. I queued up and paid 12 pounds for a return to that show, which was a lot for me in those days. Last year I saw ALW's latest -- Stephen Ward, about the Profumo scandal. I loved it, but it was a flop. Valerie Hobson (Mrs. Profumo as you know) was played by Joanna Riding, who had one of the best songs in the show.  

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I did indeed see that production of Sunset Blvd., in August 1993, with Patti LuPone. I don't know if there were any celebrities in the audience.  I did enjoy it. I liked the music, and I thought the production and cast were good (as I recall). And btw, the title of the show in the programme is Sunset Blvd.  (There was a discussion in one of the threads about whether Boulevard was spelled out; for the musical, based on my programme, it appears not to have been. It's the abbreviated street name, with a period.) I vaguely remember that Patti LuPone didn't stay with the show long; there was some disagreement between her and ALW, perhaps, and she left.

 

I'd been going to ALW musicals in London since a friend who lived in Holland Park played the pre-production recording of Evita for me. I queued up and paid 12 pounds for a return to that show, which was a lot for me in those days. Last year I saw ALW's latest -- Stephen Ward, about the Profumo scandal. I loved it, but it was a flop. Valerie Hobson (Mrs. Profumo as you know) was played by Joanna Riding, who had one of the best songs in the show.  

 

I saw the production of Sunset Blvd starting Glen Close.    It was very good and she gave a great performance.    Nothing beats seeing talented actors live on stage.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm dipping into my professional encounters, not to name drop though I'm not above that either, but just to relate who I think is the nicest celebrity I have had the opportunity to meet.

 

In 1980 I actually worked with and then had lunch with Michael York when he was in Toronto.  Without a doubt, Michael York is the most gracious, warm and generous actor I have ever met.  And I wasn't exactly anybody at that time in 1980 yet Michael had no airs about him at all.  

 

I believe he is still with the same woman he married in 1968.

 

Swithin, did you ever happen to see Michael York when he was on the London stage?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

© 2022 Turner Classic Movies Inc. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...