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Seeing Stars, Part II

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

“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.


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.

Seeing Stars, Part I

Friday, July 12th, 2013

“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.


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”!

peter tork now

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 😉

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:

jake lamatta

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!

chase utley

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!