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Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 1:14 PM


My boys saw Pamela Anderson in the liquor store today. Wouldn't normally mention it but Ladysmith is not one of the in destinations. She didn't have any makeup on & they recognized her from a distance by her tattoo. She was with her dad, probably stocking up for Father's Day family thing.

Hey, she's our only celebrity

Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 1:26 PM

They recognized her by her tattoo ?????

Must have been someone else then.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 1:47 PM

I haven't seen Pamela's tats in the news for ages................

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:06 PM

I saw ELVIS in a shop here. He looked a bit pale, but other than that, OK.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:15 PM

Ever since she hooked up with Smaug, both have been keeping a low profile.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:25 PM

For some strange reason, celebrity sightings have always intrigued me. I know it's kind of dorky to get all ga-ga just because you saw somebody famous walking down the street or whatever, but it's a thrill that folks love to talk about. I've been pretty lucky, having lived in Southern California during my childhood, and visiting Las Vegas several times. My list includes folks like Zsa Zsa Gabor (in the racetrack parking lot) and Liberace (the airport). (By the way, I'm NOT talking about stalking type of stuff where you deliverately wait outside of theater backstage doors and stuff like that!)

The most notable was probably an elevator ride with Joe Dimaggio. Didn't have the nerve to say anything. My favorite, though, was Howard Silva. Though not all that famous, he's a very recognizable character actor who played Ben Franklin in 1776 and Nikita Khruschev in Missles of October. I was just walking to class in college and he came up to me and said (in that great voice of his), "Do you know where I can get some paper, young man?" After I told him where the book store was, I said I admired his career, and we ended up talking for a few minutes. Dorky, but a big thrill.

It's a lot of compare these sitings. (At my staff party, we once shared our most famous celebrity encounters and then voted on the most interesting. The winner had met John Wayne at a marina.) So I'm asking anyone interested in responding--who's the most famous person you ever encountered?

Don't include "stalking" type of encounters, encounters that are a regular part of your job, or just paying to see someone in a play, a professional game, or whatever.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:28 PM

That first line in the third paragraph should say, "It's a lot of fun to compare these sitings." I wish I could remember to proofread BEFORE I send out messages!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:33 PM

I saw Gary Collins and his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, at Disneyland in 1974. I took their picture but didn't say anything to them since they were there just having fun with their kids.

I sang for a meeting where it turned out Phil Gramm stopped in.

All my other celebrity sightings just have to do with professionals who are friends.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:48 PM

I was in a play with Gina Garagiola and she had a cast party at her father's house, so I got to meet and hang out with Joe. Then she married another cast member and I sat with Erma Bombeck at the reception.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 2:50 PM

I met the band the Guess Who in a hotel lobby where I was staying years ago.

The boys were pretty twitterpated when they got here & I'm proud to say they didn't pester her but politely said good morning & she smiled at them & said the same.

Without her make-up on, they weren't too sure when they first saw her across the parking lot, the tattoo gave her away & the boobs. Yes I said boobs

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 3:10 PM


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 3:20 PM

I saw Robert Redford coming out of a bank, in Berkeley Ca. Not all that handsome in person. This was 1984 or so.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 4:03 PM

I was with my mother at a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta in New York in the 1970's when she spotted Isaac Asimov in the audience. She approached him in the lobby during intermission and said, "Dr. Asimov, I'd just like to thank you for all the pleasurable evenings you've given me..." At that point he interrupted her with a twinkle in his eye and said, "Shhh! My wife might hear you!"

Aquamar  (Level: 177.1 - Posts: 905)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 4:04 PM

I lived most of my life in Los Angeles and spotting a famous person here and there was pretty common but in the early seventies I went to a party at a mansion in Malibu that was quite a trip. Wish I could remember everyone I saw that night.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 5:18 PM

My best was Andre the Giant, ages and ages ago. I was trying to walk past him in a hotel hallway - that was pretty nearly impossible. Later we saw him at the bar - sitting on two bar stools.

Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 5:26 PM

Leslee saw a lot of famous people at our restaurant and I even met a few myself - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Patricia Neal, Danny Kaye in town to film Skokie, Lalou Bize-Leroy.

If I had been there the weekend Charles Keating appeared, he would not have been seated.

Suzannec  (Level: 243.6 - Posts: 616)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 7:01 PM

I was at EPCOT Center in '86 with two friends and I noticed Charlie Rich (He sang ' Behind Closed Doors' and 'Most Beautiful Girl') looking at us and smiling. I thought to myself "dirty old man", but then my friend recognized him and got very excitied. She deperately wanted to meet him so I went over and said hello and introduced her. His wife came over and said she was gonna visit the restroom while we visited. He was very friendly and had on an amazing gold watch. I normally don't notice jewelry but it was so shiny. He gave my friend his card and said to give him a call when she visited Nashville and maybe he could help her with her singing career.
I also met Minnesota Fats (pool player) at his home in Southern IL in '82. He was outside feeding stray animals in the vacant lot next to his home. His home was a large ranch and it had an amazing billiards room that did not have any curtains. His wife came out in a mink coat and said she was going to the store and did he want anything? He was friendly, but looked very old and tired. The person who introduced him to me explained that he fed all the neighborhood stray cats and dogs. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I never would have believed it. When he died, his obituary mentioned his arrogancy but anyone who loved animals like that couldn't have been all bad.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 7:10 PM

I went on a movie date in high school with Chad Everett-who knew???

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 7:52 PM

I was kissed on my 16th birthday by Dick "Noodle Soup" Classy.

OK, he was a country singer on a little country radio station in a small community in Nebraska. The radio station has grown to the point where many truckers listen to it all night across much of the U.S.

But I did meet Eddie Rabbit, a marvelous country singer. But I noticed that he also just looked pretty old, sad and tired. I interviewed Willard Scott, NBC weatherman, and Art Linkletter, among other celebrities, I used to visit an 8th grade class to talk to them about my job and they always asked if I met anyone important. When I would say Willard Scott and Art Linkletter, most of them gave me blank stares! But they always recognized the name of astronaut Jim Lovell. Getting to interview celebritites, who I would have never met otherwise, was one of the real perks of my job as a reporter/news editor of a newspaper.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 8:00 PM

I just remembered two more - Alice Cooper's wife is a dancer and they are often seen at local dance concerts. I never wanted to be in the crowd of folks trying to get in to say hello to him though.

And I went to college with, and was in plays with, Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones on General Hospital). He started out as a golf major!

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 8:13 PM

I wish someone would get off their a$$ and fix sploofus so we can search the threads. There was a great thread going a year or so ago, which Smaug started, which talked all about our celebrity encounters. I was going to find it but having to go through one page at a time got really really cumbersome.

Rowlanda won because she made out with John Lennon when she was in high school.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 9:00 PM

Back around '47 or '48 James Cagney visited the Boys Club in Toledo and I actually stood two feet away from him in the gym while he talked to us. Couple of years later Archie Moore, who was light-heavyweight champ visited also but all I got to see was him getting in a car when he left. My main celebrity encounter was living 2 blocks from Gloria Steinem in the early fifties. She was a couple grades ahead of me in school. Great looker even then but don't tell her I said that.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 9:24 PM

I worked as the training manager some years ago in a local department store (Stern's) and Jack Nicholson came in to buy a TV for his grandmother. I went down to pick-up to meet him since I heard he was in the store. I was so tongue tied, I couldn't ask for his autograph, I just told him he was the best actor in America and would he shake my hand! He was so nice and he shook my hand with a grin. I look back on that and have to laugh at myself! Celebrities must put up with some winners...

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 10:11 PM

My husband gave guitar lessons to Tar Heels phenom Tyler Hansbrough.

I object to your classifying meeting musicians as stalking. I didn't stalk any of the musicians I met. Okay, I did follow Ozzy's bus, but that's different. I've met Axle Rose, Slash, Stepen Adler and Izzy Stradlin of GNR (Duff was nowhere to be found). I've also met 3 of the members of White Lion, and John Waite, formerly of the Babys and Bad English. I've met the members of Trans Siberian Orchestra. And I met Geoff Tate and Mike Stone of Queensryche at a meet and greet at a Harley shop before a concert. That's not stalking, either.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 11:13 PM

I want to hang out with you!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 11:15 PM

I was groped by Spiro Agnew.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 11:19 PM

Hahahaha!!!! I can't top that one.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 21st Jun '09 11:35 PM

Scarred me for life, it did,

Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 3:40 AM

Good thing you didn't meet Bill Clinton then, Donna!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 5:04 AM

Ewwwwwwww Smoke.... Hope you took a looooong hot shower!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 7:13 AM

At least Bill would've been my own age then, and cute.

My aunt volunteered at some office ( meant nothing to me then), and Agnew ("call me Ted") posed between us for a photo. Dunno what was going on with his right hand, but his left came to rest considerably south of my waist back there, and there was a definite squeeze. Somewhere there's a photo of greasy 50ish Agnew with a big toothy grin and teenaged me, looking like this

Later he sort of leaned up against me when my back was to a filing cabinet. Called me "little girl."

Honestly, it creeped me out because he was old, married (so was I), and entirely unattractive to me, but in those days we took things like that in stride as just the way men were. My only fear was that my aunt would notice and say something to my jealous, violent husband and I'd get blamed and knocked around for it.

Times have changed in many ways.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 7:25 AM

Yikes! Too bad you were empowered to slap the snot out of him. I would have.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 7:40 AM

I meant, too bad you weren't empowered...
That was a really creepy thing for a teenaged girl to have to put up with.
A high-heel firmly planted on his instep would have produced another satisfying result.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 8:36 AM

I was still 20 years from any kind of empowerment then. Sure wouldn't go down that way today.

At the time it was extremely minor, and this is not the place to talk about why I accepted such treatment without protest. It only became interesting when he ran for governor, and more so later, but it was a long time before I told anybody. My then-husband doesn't know anything about it to this day.

I have lots of better celebrity sightings, but that was the first one I thought of that wasn't in the course of my job or when I was trying to sight them. Another one was riding in an elevator in Atlantic City with a strung-out, hollow-eyed Mackenzie Phillips in 1984. Then there was the time I was traveling with a friend in '72 and stopped to help guys with a flat tire on a horse trailer outside of Las Vegas, and when we took them back to the ranch it turned out to be Wayne Newton's house and he was very kind and polite and gave us lemonade and offered tickets for a show (which we couldn't stay for - we were Leaving Las Vegas - headed for San Diego and dates with Marines).

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 9:49 AM

In 1973, the year that LEE TREVINO won the OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP, I was in the airport hotel in Mancheter, having a drink. I was staying there at the time, because I had just been relocated to fly from Manchester Airport. As I left the bar, on my way to the toilet, Lee Trevino was checking in. I made the remark to him that he had been lucky, as Jack Nichlaus had almost pipped him. I staggered of to the toilet, staggering as I went, I had had a few sherbets, and on my return, Lee trevino collared me, and kept me in coversation for about ten minutes. He then excused himself, as he needed to go to bed as he was flying to Paris early in the morning. I have met several other UK personalities who have visited the flightdeck of the aircraft I flew on, One was FRANK BRUNO.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 9:50 AM

My sister and her friend where in line at the airport, late for their flight... the gentleman in front of them, graciously let them go ahead of him... it was Sean Connery!

Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 10:02 AM

Donna, on second thought what you described was not exactly a sighting.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 10:11 AM

I am definitely not a autograph hound. However, I have been around and I saw Mike Royko famous Chicago Tribune columnist at a blues bar in Chicago. Lived in Florida for many years and right in front of me in line at Wal-Mart was Eddie Money. He had a condo at Hammock Dunes locally elite condos. I mention this because I love Eddie Money. I also saw Ricky Skaggs at the airport, you know the bluegrass guy. I actually spoke to him.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 10:56 AM

Long ago and far away went to the airport to get autographs of the Tigers. Missed their flight but caught the Lions coming in-they were "winners" back then. Forgotten most of the names I got as never have been a footbal fan. Do remember Leon Hart grudgings signing my paper the only ungracious one to a group of "nobody" teen girls....

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 11:47 AM

Living in Manhattan one encounters all sorts of people on the street,

Without struggling too hard I/ my wife have met at the stores within a block or two

Ben Chaplin
Holly Hunter (she is SMALL)
Danny De Vito (Ditto)
Kyra Sedgwick
Kate Winslet


Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 12:38 PM

My favorite Manhattan encounter was in a small Italian restaurant. My wife and kid kept staring at the table directly behind me. They said something about how all the people at the table were laughing so much. So without turning around, I listened and recognized the very loud and distinctic voice. It was Jackie Mason basically doing his routine maybe 4 feet behind my chair.

In Central Park, I jogged past Kofi Annan, who was also jogging. Since he was UN Secretary General, two "friends" in sun glasses were jogging very close to him.

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Mon, 22nd Jun '09 1:39 PM

My daughter used to be a receptionist in a hotel near where Rod Stewart lived. He used to dine there quite often and one night was in the same small dining room as us, his wife of the time was about to have a baby at any moment, and we were quite shocked that he found my daughters bum very attractive each time she passed him. (can we use that word here)

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