Seeing Stars, Part II

“I love meeting famous people. I’m even happy just looking at them.” ~ Joey McIntyre

Dr. Ruth Westheimer: This little (and I mean little) hussy flirted with my husband at the NYC Book Fair! She was very nice actually, but she had a thing for my other half!

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Bob Dole: I bumped into United States Senator Dole at The TODAY show in NYC while accompanying an author I represented. We all greeted and said hello in the hallway outside the green room. Yes, I did remember to shake his left hand, since he had his pen clutched tightly in his right.

Ann Curry: Ann is a sweetheart. Yes, she may be a bit too saccharine for some, but I adore her. She told me she loved my antique engagement ring (met her the same day as Bob Dole, at the NBC studios Green Room for the Today Show). I saw her a second time while Andrew & I were visiting the rubble of the still smoldering Twin Towers a week after 9/11. Ann actually remembered me — and my ring!

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Ed Koch: Said a few works to the former Mayor of NYC at a book fair — he also gave me a signed copy of his book. Sidenote: Ed passed away this past February.

Donald Trump: via my brother David. Story at YO, TRUMP! More of a giggle and a head-shake.

Vandela: Andrew & I had our photo taken with this Norwegian/Swedish mega model at the NY Book Fair. I kinda remember feeling like a little troll standing next to her, but I do recall she was very sweet.

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Hubie Brooks: Former professional New York Met. Mom and I were shopping at JCPenney (at our home away from home, the Rockaway Townsquare Mall) and mom said, “why not go meet the baseball player to get his autograph — you never know…”, so I did, and still have the photo stashed away.

Ed Rendell: Gave Ed a diva handshake at grand opening event in the city. Hey, I had a martini in my right hand, so what’s a girl do to? My friend Barbara pointed out my prima donna move, which had me laughing.

Louise Hay: Was lucky to meet the always inspirational Louise at the London Book Fair some years back, and I’m also happy to have a signed copy of her spiritual self-help book, “How to Heal Your Life”.

Mike Tyson: While Tyson was the golden boy of boxing, I literally bumped into him in Atlantic City as Don King was yelling “make way for the champ”! Funny sh!t!

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Graham Kerr: The Galloping Gourmet was a childhood fave I used to watch with Mom, so when I met him to discuss a cookbook he was working on I found it brought back some nice memories.

Charles Barkley: A semi-regular at Bridget Foy’s here in Philly. Seems everybody wants to buy this guy a drink too. To us, he’s just one of the locals when we see him.

Honorable (or non-so) mentions and memories:

Waved to George Herbert Walker Bush & family at Mabel’s Lobster Claw Restaurant in Kennebunkport Maine — they were dining about 10 feet away from me. George Sr. and Barbara were just enjoying their grandkids, and I didn’t want to interrupt them.

Fantasia Barrino: of American Idol fame. She hugged me and called me BAYBAY at NBC studios here in Philly. As far as stars go, hmmm…does she even count?

Tell me about your celebrity meetings, or about someone you’d LOVE to meet! If you missed Part I, please head to PART I.

6 Responses to “Seeing Stars, Part II”

  1. Barbara says:

    I literally ran into Robert Parrish at Filene’s in Boston, when the Celtics were riding high in the 80′s. It was like hitting a tree head on! I turned a corner and ran right into his belt. I heard a voice that sounded like God on high…”I’m sorry, are you ok?” I just kept turning my head upward and finally realized who it was. “uh, yeah, I’m ok.” was all I got out before he walked away.
    I also met Ed Rendell, at Lucky Strike, in Philly. He was sitting at a table of pretty girls. Shocking!
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  2. "Me" says:

    @ Barbara: Yes, you are the “Rendell” Barbara I mentioned in this post :)
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  3. Irene Smith says:

    Well, mine pale in comparison to yours Lee, but I spent some time with Sam Kinnison and Rodney Dangerfield outside Rascal’s Comedy Club when it was in West Orange, NJ. Sam was performing and we had very good seats. His HBO stand up shows were hugely successful and I knew the whole set by heart. I kept yelling to him on stage and he kept answering me. As he left he said “I’ll see YOU later.” I pantomimed writing with a pen and mouthed “autograph?” and he yelled “upstairs.” We went up and out to his tour bus. I knocked on the door with my brother (a huge Dangerfield fan) right behind me. The bouncer opened doors, came back and said “Kinnison said just you, c’mon up.” I went on the bus and he and Dangerfield were hanging out with those two six foot blondes that toured with them. We chatted and laughed for about 15 minutes (hard to remember the conversation as I had far too many champagne cocktails, the drink special that night.” I got Sam’s autograph and even pocketed his chewed up Bic pen, but have long since lost that. When I told Kinnnison he was the best, Dangerfield stopped drinking his drink, and gave me the “Uh-huh, no respect” glare with those huge bug eyes! When I got off the bus, my brother said “Please tell me somewhere in your purse there is a piece of paper that says “To Smitty, from Dangerfield.” Of course, there was not. Well, I hope they are having a good time with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. That was such a fun night. RIP to two very nutty-nuts!!!

  4. Andrew says:

    Other than those referenced above, the only other celebrity “encounter” I’ve had (really a spotting) was at Patrick’s Seafood restaurant in Santa Monica in 1984. Having just arrived for my first visit to CA, my brother and I stopped in for a quick bite, only to realize that the only other diners in the restaurant (one table away) were Maria Shriver and AH-nuld. Coming off the first Terminator movie, Arnold looked far less threatening in person, thanks to his pink Izod polo and bright green shorts. Big dude.

  5. "Me" says:

    @ Andrew:
    You should have gone up to give Arnold’s muscles a squeeze!

    p.s. I wonder if Dr. Ruth still dreams about you ;)
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  6. "Me" says:

    @ Irene: LOVE that story! :) It’s so up close & personal and FUN! Are you sure he didn’t have other intentions in mind for you, my dear? I’m surprised he behaved himself!

    I loved going to Rascal’s Comedy Club when I lived in West Orange — is it still there?
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