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Old 01-31-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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I met Kristen Chenowith one time...well actually I simply noticed a woman with a Maltese (I own a Maltese too, and I was missing my little puppy, as we were out of town). So I kinda struck up a "conversation" with the dog first. It wasn't until the dog's owner spoke, in her very recognizable voice, that I realized it was Kristen Chenowith, whom I greatly adore and admire. She was very nice and let me take a photo with her.

That's my one and only celebrity encounter.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:14 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I met Gene Simmons a long long time ago.... He was doing a radio interview here for one of our local radio stations and we used to go down to the studio whenever someone was there hoping to meet them. For some reason that time there wasn't anyone else waiting for him. They usually escorted people in and out of the radio station through a parking structure se we were there waiting for him and he comes out and sees us, he instantly started to talk to us..... I was wearing a Queensryche t shirt and they had opened for KISS the previous yr and we were talking about various bands and things like that, he actually stood there talking to just me and my GF for probably 10 mins or so.....it was surreal and he seemed OK.... nice enough... I mean it was just the two of us and no cameras around to see him being a "good guy"..... Gene has a reputation as being an azzhat and greedy and whatever, but he seemed OK to me..... he could have just walked right past us if he wanted to.

I was doing some work as a contractor for Sony pictures in Culver City and I was walking around the back lots and saw a few celebrities.... couple of people I gave the "man nod" to and they nodded back.... doesn't count as meeting them per se, but good enough for me....

Jeffery Tambor, Kid Rock were a couple of them....

IDK... the older I get I get less impressed with celebrities I am, they are at the end of the day people too...... just different jobs.... I think Hollywood glamorizes them and we think that they are somehow different.......
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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IDK... the older I get I get less impressed with celebrities I am, they are at the end of the day people too...... just different jobs.... I think Hollywood glamorizes them and we think that they are somehow different.......
Hi Cowhound: I have similar feelings. And, just for a bit of background for my opening post: I don't generally follow celebrity stuff. In fact, until a few months ago I knew almost nothing about celebrities, aside from what I saw on occasional headlines - and I hardly ever remember those for more than a few minutes because I'm just not that interested, and I suspect most of those headlines are misleading anyway. But now I'm working on a project that requires me to do some research on a few celebrities. At this point I'm not even sure which celebrities I will pick, which is one reason for creating this thread. I've started reading some biographies (Madonna, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Walter Cronkite, Neal Young, Mike Wallace, James Brown, Cherrie Curie, and a few others), but I'd really like to pick up a few ideas and insights from off the beaten path - just some impressions from average folks who might have spent some time with someone famous. I have absolutely zero interest in "digging up dirt" or spreading gossip. I'm simply looking for some insights into what it might be like to meet and/or hang out with various celebrities - ideally in everyday types of situations (in contrast to publicity/promotion settings, formal interviews, etc.).

Your story about meeting Gene Simmons is basically what I'm looking for, so thank you for that! Ideally, of course, I'd love to hear more involved encounters - longer periods of time spent together, more conversations, etc. I don't have high hopes for that, but I figure that if I don't at least ask, I'll never know what untapped stories are out there.

I've also started a thread about biographies in the Books forum, so if you happen to have some recommendations for insightful biographies, I'm looking for those too.
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:11 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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It has become a long thread, but you might find some good stories in here: Who are the nicest, rudest celebrities you've met?
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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henry cavill, bradley james
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Oh, I don't know! I've met so many!

Well, perhaps not, probably only a hand full, maybe two hand fulls. When you take acting classes, it is not uncommon for your teachers to be people that are often seen on TV.

Similarly with diving and other technical worlds. The Man who taught me is something of a God in the industry...and I've met Sylvia Earle twice.

Back to the acting. As my teachers, it really was like any other student-teacher relationship. Respect and learning from them, not responding to the character I might have seen on TV.

One interesting little tidbit. I had to deal professionally once with a well known actor from the 60's. I had to change his password and get it to him when I was at a remote site; he would have to go to a front office to get the information. I told the student worker at the front office on the phone something of the following,

"Okay, Professor Marianna Hill (not who it was but she's of similar circumstances) is coming in to get a new password. You know who that is?" The student told me no. "You've never seen Star Trek or The Wild Wild West?" (the actual person was on a weekly show but the answer was still the same-no).

So when the Professor came in, I had to talk to them for a few seconds on the phone, in pleasant idle conversation, while I compared their voice and such to my memory of their performances of decades before. They were very pleasant, I gave the information, and that was it.

UNFORTUNATELY, I can't mention names of anyone I am talking about because that would give away my location.
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Old 02-05-2015, 02:34 AM
 
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Back in 1989 I met Carol Burnett at the Art Institute of Denver as her daughter Jody Hamilton was a student at the time. Both were very nice though it did come as shock to me when Carol mentioned about NOT being a fan of "Mama's Family" ( the syndicated version that was in production at the time ). The rumor at the time was that Carol came to town to help her daughter get a job in Denver radio. If that was true it wasn't successful.

Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker....met them in the Spring of 1986 at Heritage USA. Both were very nice. My cousin was shocked at just how short they were.

Ron Jeremy the porn actor....nice and weird. He was being interviewed at our radio station as part of a promotion of a new strip club that had opened up in our county. Off the wall sense of humor which made for a great interview BUT he did have a VERY bad body odor so bad actually that after he had left the building I had to go to the Family Dollar across the street to buy a can of Lysol.

My parents met Tina Turner in the summer of 1984 at a race track in West Virginia. She was nice to them. They also had met Clint Holmes as well once though he was nice he wasn't to happy when they brought up "Playground in my Mind".

Mike Harvey who is the host of the syndicated oldies radio show "Supergold"...not very nice. He really thinks he is a "radio god'.

The late Rick Barber who for decades had hosted a talk show on Denver's KOA-AM 850. I was behind him at a King Soopers supermarket in Aurora ( a Denver suburb ) in 2007. He was trying to open up a membership to rent movies. The young teenage clerk ask him about where he was employed Rick says "KOA". The clerk says "..ok..Kampgrounds of America". Barber screams "NO NO NO..KOA RADIO AM 850..I HAVE A SHOW ON THERE THAT REACHES MILLIONS....MY SHOW IS HEARD FROM HAWAII TO CHICAGO..ARE YOU RETARDED ??.." Yeah right Rick like a teenager would stay up all night and listen to a radio station like KOA anyway.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:32 AM
 
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Back in 1989 I met Carol Burnett at the Art Institute of Denver as her daughter Jody Hamilton was a student at the time. Both were very nice though it did come as shock to me when Carol mentioned about NOT being a fan of "Mama's Family" ( the syndicated version that was in production at the time ).
YOU MET CAROL BURNETT!! Tell more! Was she very skinny then, like she was in the '70s? How tall is she? (I always think people seem "taller" on film than they are in person.) I had also heard that she wasn't a fan of "Mama's Family," but it didn't seem to put a damper on her long-term relationship with Vicki.

I bet she would have done the Tarzan yell if you'd asked her! She's a fearless comic, and I really like her, so am very envious!
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Old 02-05-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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YOU MET CAROL BURNETT!! Tell more! Was she very skinny then, like she was in the '70s? How tall is she? (I always think people seem "taller" on film than they are in person.) I had also heard that she wasn't a fan of "Mama's Family," but it didn't seem to put a damper on her long-term relationship with Vicki.

I bet she would have done the Tarzan yell if you'd asked her! She's a fearless comic, and I really like her, so am very envious!
When Carol came to our class I do remember that she was a bit thin and maybe slightly taller than me ( me 5/8 ). She didn't do the Tarzan yell but she did talk a bit about her role in the movie ANNIE. Besides not being a fan of Mama's Family just remembered another interesting thing about Carol Burnett...she was a fan of Bon Jovi especially the tune "You Give Love a Bad Name". She LOVED that song !! When she told us that we were like "Rock on Carol !!". Maybe the reason why she had loved that song so much was due to her nasty divorce from Joe Hamilton.

Carol was only in our class for maybe 15 minutes tops..but what a 15 minutes. We knew we would had a guest that day but we had no idea it would be Carol Burnett. Jody Hamilton despite being in our class was actually a nice but plain and simple girl. For the longest time we really didn't know that her mother was none other than Carol Burnett.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:27 PM
 
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I met Seth Green in a Gucci store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago back in 2004-ish. He was doing these karate moves and being a goofball. Pretty much what you'd expect from Scotty Evil.
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