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Old 04-27-2017, 11:57 AM
Status: "...but I call you 'Stormy', today.'" (set 7 days ago)
 
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I've had a few encounters of my own but first I'll pass along some tidbits from people close to me:

From a friend who worked for the CBS News Division:

The following were or are highly regarded by the people that worked there.

Bob Schieffer
Charles Osgood
Mika Brzezinsky
John Roberts
Scott Pelley

Katie Couric had a rep for being difficult. I met her myself with a small group and she didn't seem please with the intrusion, but in her defense it was an intrusion - she was preparing for her broadcast.

Another friend worked for a number years in both News and Entertainment at ABC. His blanket statement was that the vast majority of the many, many celebrities that passed through were normal, polite people making their living. A few standouts that I remember him talking specifically about:

Billy Joel - very friendly

Bruce Springsteen - Subdued, quiet but friendly and accommodating

Steven VanZandt - funny, nice man

Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa - Not overly friendly, but not rude or anything negative.

Diane Sawyer - Kind of aloof.

Elizabeth Vargas - Nobody liked her, was called Elizab*tch behind her back. (This disappointed me greatly)

Peter Jennings - Superior attitude. One time he made a rude comment to my friend and my friend decided to shoot back with a snarky comment about something Jennings was wearing that night. Jennings got a real kick out of the fact that someone had the balls to take him on and from then on they would take friendly snipes at each other, so he enjoyed his interaction with him. He also made it sound like he was one a few who could get away with it.

Neil Diamond - Before he entered the hallway, everyone was instructed to face the wall and not look at him. What more can you say about that?

Finally, my niece was a hostess at restaurant if Florida when Adam Sandler came in with a large group. He was riding high at the box office at that time. He asked to be put in an area where there wouldn't be any intrusions and to please not be making calls to friends that he was there. He was very nice to the staff and he tipped very generously.
I've only seen a few clips of Mr. VanZandt's performance as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos but I was so captivated by him that I intend to watch the entire series. I saw an interview where he describes how he got the part and my respect for him skyrocketed. He and Paul Schaeffer are two guys I'd go out of my way to say hello to if I ever saw them.
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Old 04-27-2017, 12:01 PM
Status: "...but I call you 'Stormy', today.'" (set 7 days ago)
 
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I grew up on Long Island in close proximity to NYC. In 1972 I was 17 years old dating a 16 year old, two crazy high school kids. Back then in NY the drinking age was 18 but many places would serve you even underage. I took my date into the city to see Grease in its original run on Broadway. Arriving early I said lets go to Sardi's for a drink. Sat at the bar and ordered 7 and 7's. She went to the bathroom and while she is gone who comes in but Soupy Sales, Bill Cullen, Gary Moore, Peggy Cass and Kitty Carlisle, the cast from To Tell the Truth on dinner break. Soupy sat next to me and I introduced myself and said I was on a date and looking to impress the girl, when she comes back could you act like you know me. Upon her return he turns to me and says "Bob, how the hell are you". Introductions all around and he buys us a drink. Told the girlfriend that he was a friend of the family.


15 years later....


I am out of college and grad school and run into the girl from high school and start dating her. About 6 months in my sister is getting married and I ask her to be my date to the wedding. She quickly asks if Soupy Sales will be in attendance. Caught in a 15 year lie I told her he couldn't make it but sent a lovely gift. At the reception we are sitting at the table with my Mom and Dad. She turns to my Mom and comments on the reception and says "it's a shame Soupy Sales couldn't make it". I dragged her out on to the dance floor just as my mother said, "why the hell would Soupy Sales be here".


Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.
I applaud this post. Hilarious and well-told.
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Old 05-06-2017, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Anyone else meet any celebrities?

I never did but saw Edward James Olmos at Disney World. He apparently wasn't trying to avoid being noticed because he was wearing a NBC (IIRC) studio jacket. Someone I communicated with claimed Patrick Duffy is a nice guy.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I worked for a friend as an author escort off and on for years, which brought me in the orbit of quite a few celebrities. A sampling:

Ali MacGraw - Delightful! It was like we were old friends; we never came up for air. So chic, and more beautiful in person. She was unfailingly charming to everyone on what turned out to be a long and tiring day.he

Sidney Poitier - So charming, almost hypnotically so.

Mickey Mantle - Shockingly rude to everyone we encountered. Hundreds turned out for him, and had waited for six hours in some cases; he abruptly left about halfway to go meet a local drinking buddy. Made me stop and get him a six-pack on the way, then told me that I was his type with his 'mistress'(or so I inferred) sitting next to him.

Maya Angelou - All I'll do here is validate what others have said on this thread.

Anne Rice - Sweet with a dry sense of humor. Totally appreciates her fans.

Lauren Bacall - Always civil, but wasn't about to let you forget that she was a movie star.

Ricky Gervais - As funny as you would imagine.

Ellen Burstyn - Painfully shy, but sweet.

Mick Jagger - Very friendly, with a rather endearing goofiness about him.

Julia Child - Absolutely hysterical; a total ham.

Also had an 'interlude' with Eric Roberts at a bonfire party in high school. He was so hot! I might have lost my virtue that night if it hadn't been for curfew.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:54 PM
 
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I met Herschel Walker.He was real nice.
Was he ripped? Dude is like in his 50s or so and fights in MMA. The original Beast Mode.

Herschel Walker's Fitness & Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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I've met a lot but no one was ever rude.
I used to tour with bands as a merch girl, mostly with the beastie boys and other grand royal artists. They were the best. Maynard from Tool was cool to me but he treats groupies like garbage and we'd have to deal with crying girls who were pumped and dumped.
I sat next to J Lo at Hamilton and she and Casper were beyond nice. I met/saw so many celebs at Hamilton. I'm not star struck so I usually get better interactions with them.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Back in either 89 or 90, it was such a long time ago, I met George Harrison. I was bartending at The Maui Prince hotel. I remember it was the end of my shift (day) and you had to leave by walking through the lounge and out onto an outside walkway. As I was walking someone behind me said "Excuse me" loudly. I turned around and it was George Harrison. I knew he was in our lounge, another worker had pointed him out to me.
He then asked if I knew where the bathrooms were. They weren't in the lounge they were off the outside hallway. I showed him, he said thanks.
He seemed fairly normal. None of the other staff had anything bad to say about him.
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Old 05-20-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Mickey Mantle - Shockingly rude to everyone we encountered. Hundreds turned out for him, and had waited for six hours in some cases; he abruptly left about halfway to go meet a local drinking buddy. Made me stop and get him a six-pack on the way, then told me that I was his type with his 'mistress'(or so I inferred) sitting next to him.

I can believe that. Back in the mid 70's Mantel was sports marshal at our local festival. He was drunk the entire time and disappointed everyone. Actually other than the parade and sports breakfast ( which he did both drunk BTW ) Mantel spent his time at a local bar and kept hitting on the waitresses.
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:20 AM
 
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Marlo Thomas is a sweetheart. Just like her father. One of Danny best friends was my great uncle (Last name also Thomas, never found out if we are related at all)..I recently ran across pictures from my cousin's first communion. Young Marlo & Danny sitting there, all smiles. I never got to meet her father, but ive heard nothing but amazing things & she's wonderful (Phil & their boys as well)..
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Marlo Thomas is a sweetheart. Just like her father. One of Danny best friends was my great uncle (Last name also Thomas, never found out if we are related at all)..I recently ran across pictures from my cousin's first communion. Young Marlo & Danny sitting there, all smiles. I never got to meet her father, but ive heard nothing but amazing things & she's wonderful (Phil & their boys as well)..

bwahahahahahahaha!
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