Seeing Stars, Part I

“I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.”
~ Lady Gaga

With New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie (or, as Ma called him, “Krispy Kreme”) in the news lately, I began thinking about famous people (for better or worse) I’ve met over the years. Hopefully those Omega 3s I pop daily will keep my noggin sharp down the road, but just in case memory lapses are part of my future, I thought it would be a good idea to jot them down. Plus, I want to hear about YOUR celebrity meet & greets, so away we go!

Chris Christie: I met a much slimmer-than-now Christie at the polls while I was living in Mendham, NJ. Christie was running for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which he won in 1994. I shook his hand, and chatted with him about how I was voting. Christie was a very pleasant and personable guy. I say now that if he’s ever elected president, at least I can say I met him!

Stephen Furst: Hubby Andrew & I took the very entertaining (and very slimmed down) Stephen, aka “Flounder” from Animal House out to dinner a few times while he was working on a video and book with the publisher I was working for. He’s a friendly and funny guy, but if you ever invite him over, make sure you have Equal sugar substitute, he’s pretty OCD about his eating habits.

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Pat Cooper: I’m still going nuts trying to find my photo with the always off-the-wall Pasquale Caputo. He looked me up and down and said to me with a smirk, “you were never a little girl,” when I told him I grew up listening to his albums. He was ridiculously hilarious as usual. This was at a radio gig back in the 90s with host “get off my phone” Bob Grant from WABC radio. More about Pat and his records in this post: Getting Saucy with Pasquale Caputo

(ITALIAN LESSON: Famous = Famoso is masculine form & famosa is the feminine.)

Jim Gaffigan: Jim was cool. I hooked him up with some books about diabetes for his mom, and he goofed around with me, my hubby and our crew while seeing his show in NYC. He also gave me a big bear hug and a signed CD — LOVE that Jim!

Gladys Knight: A PIP-less Gladys worked on a cookbook with us at my old publishing gig. I think Gladys majored in DIVA, and was quite well at it. For example, she wanted to travel with a whole entourage at the expense of a non-profit, Nice, huh?

Peter Tork: WHOO HOO! I met my favorite MONKEE just a couple years ago at a gig in Philly. He told me he was a “dirty ol’ man”!

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Pete Best: One of the original Beatles, Pete was a quiet guy. I think I told him something silly about the britches from Harrods London I was wearing that night. This was after a few cocktails icon wink Seeing Stars, Part I

Jake LaMotta I met the one and only Raging Bull at a golf event with fellow boxers, including Muhammad Ali. When I asked for a pic with him, he was like, “SIT DOWN HERE” and put his arm around me. Here’s a photo, complete with my Jersey Girl hair:

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Howard Stern: Met Howard, Robin and the entire gang of Stern misfits at a Private Parts book signing in NYC. SIDE NOTE: I was also a call in dial-a-date with Howard on FM radio. He had me do a shower scene with him, but I wouldn’t go below his shoulders — it was really funny. Damn, wish I could find that tape!!

Penn & Teller This was a fun one, and a double hit! While living in Alexandria, VA Andrew and I attended their show in DC. Penn asked for an audience member who knew how to shoot a gun, so I raised my hand and told them about my 357 Magnum, and VOILA! So they called me up on stage for their famous Magic Bullet trick, which was a blast! (sorry, I simply couldn’t resist.) After the show Andrew and I chatted with them, and they gave us a few autographed photos as souvenirs.

Chase Utley: Having brunch at Green Eggs Cafe, and this adorable Phillie said he was sorry for parking so close to my curbside table. Ahhh…handsome and great manners!

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Please share your celeb sightings, meetings or a story about your favorite chance (or not so chance) encounter. I’d also love to hear which celebrity you’d love to meet! Just head on over to the comments section below. GRAZIE!

3 Responses to “Seeing Stars, Part I”

  1. Barbara says:

    Back in the ’70′s, (the really old days), I was modeling in an informal show, where you go around to the tables and chat up the outfit, etc., and came upon a table of all men. I did a huge double take when I realized it was the entire cast from the TV show, The Odd Couple! They were doing the play at the Valley Forge Music Fair and staying at the hotel we were in. They were so true to type! Tony was neat and fastidious and Jack was in a holey cardigan slumped over his soup! They were all very sweet.

    When I lived in Pittsburgh I met Forrest Whitaker, Louis Anderson, and a few others while casting extras for a movie. Forrest and I talked about what working with Robin Williams was like. He was very gracious. Louis loved the craft services table!

    My experience with Gladys wasn’t direct, but she is most definitely a DIVA! and not in a gracious kinda way. She was doing a show, pipless, at the Benedum Ctr., and she wanted a comedian to open. I was booking comedians at the time, so they called me. The crew at the Benedum Center had just about had it with her before the show even happened.

    She came out and did a 45 min. set, and only sang a ‘medley’ of her own hits. She did a long rendition of Mr. Bojangles, which made no sense. Anyway, all the ladies who dressed to the nines were bitching as we left about ‘Girl! I spent more time getting ready tonight than she was on the damn stage!!” The next morning my guy, Chris Ciardi, got a better review than she did, in the newspaper! I still have the review somewhere.
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  2. "Me" says:

    @ Barbara:
    I LOVE that story! I hope you sent her a laminated copy of her BOO REVIEW too! (haha). I guess once Diva runs through the veins after all those years of fame, it’s hard to snap back to reality!
    Thanks so much for the comment – very entertaining ;)

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