I live in LA, and as a matter of course have had a huge number of celebrity sightings, and a fair number of celebrity encounters. The name of the thread comes from what my girlfriend and I used to do on our lunch hour. We were working for a business manager (you know, the guy who takes 5% to pay the bills and reconcile the bank account. Nice work if you can get it.) in the heart of the “Golden Triangle”, on Wilshire a block west of Rodeo. So on our lunch hour we’d just cruise the neighborhood seeing who we could see.
One of my oldest friends was a pretty big star for awhile…but because she’s my friend I can’t dish about her.
I jumped off a bus once to run after Groucho Marx. I was about 14. I stood there like an idiot while his wife pointed me out. He said “Do you always accost old men on the street?”
I hung out for a brief moment in Elton John’s dressing room with Elton (see concert thread).
I hung out in Warren Beatty’s kitchen for an entire afternoon, watching him obsess over C-Span and raiding his refrigerator.
I had sex with a star…ooo…guess who. I won’t tell, so don’t bother.
Hmmm…lots of minor stuff and mere sightings, including:
Jimmy Stewart, Marlo Thomas, Sting, Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis (a huge couple, like aliens), Dennis Miller followed me around the whole summer I was doing comedy…everywhere I went, he was. I knew he was stalking me when he showed up at the Bowie concert.
Oh, I almost forgot! When I was a kid my mom was president of the Beverly Hills chapter of the NAACP. Her best friend in the world was PeeWee Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s stepmother, and Daddy Sam (that’s what we called Sam Sr.) Sammy took me along with his kids to Disneyland once and it was a blast! We got the VIP treatment, going on ahead of everyone else, and we even saw that mysterious club in New Orleans Square, you know, the only place they serve booze. I slept over at his house a few times when I was a kid, rode in his lap in the car. And I was on the cover of Jet mag with my little white face in a picture taken at his grandmother’s funeral, which my family attended. (I’ve been checking e-bay for that issue.)
So…what about you guys? What celebrity scores do you all have?
(I also went to school with Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks’ wife. I ran into her on a date with him a million years ago. Went to school with Charlene Tilton, of extremely minor “Dallas” fame. We were in play production together, and she never got any good parts.)