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Boring celeb encounters

There's not always a fun little story, is there? I once sat next to David Duchovny on a flight, back when the X Files was still on, and he read the Wall Street Journal for the entire flight. Three hours. He was polite and quiet. I thought that was a long time to read the paper.

by Anonymousreply 290March 22, 2023 12:27 PM

I peed next to Adrian Brody at an NYC Equinox urinal. I didn’t see anything.

by Anonymousreply 1March 18, 2023 1:50 PM

Celebrities aren't there to make your chance encounter exciting. Although I also can't see how anybody takes three hours to read the WSJ, or any paper for that matter, except person the Sunday NY Times.

by Anonymousreply 2March 18, 2023 1:51 PM

I think it might have been the Sunday WSJ? I don't remember. I was doing a crossword.

by Anonymousreply 3March 18, 2023 2:02 PM

It isn't anybody's job to be fascinating at all times.

by Anonymousreply 4March 18, 2023 2:03 PM

Three hours to read the newspaper?

Take the hint, OP, he's just not that into you.

by Anonymousreply 5March 18, 2023 2:37 PM

I waited on Nora Dunn in a coffee shop 30+ years ago. She had been at the bookstore next door for a signing of something.

Her manager/PA (?) did most of the ordering. She had no interest in idle chat.

by Anonymousreply 6March 18, 2023 2:50 PM

I once waited on Robert Redford. He was by himself, he seemed to be in a good mood, and said something about what a beautiful day it was (it was a beautiful day.) I sat him in front of our big picture window. I looked over at him a few times and he was gazing out the window, smiling.

by Anonymousreply 7March 18, 2023 3:05 PM

I served quite a few low rate celebrities when I worked in Selfridges. Noel Gallagher (fine), Timothy Dalton (charming), Jerry Hall (a fine suthin woman), Alicia Keys (ghetto), Paul Weller (his credit card declined and he was going apeshit until I told him you'll just have to call your bank)

by Anonymousreply 8March 18, 2023 3:48 PM

I once ran into Norah Jones in a coffee shop. She was gorgeous in person.

by Anonymousreply 9March 18, 2023 3:53 PM

[quote]I peed next to Adrian Brody at an NYC Equinox urinal. I didn’t see anything.

I suspect his nose blocked your view.

by Anonymousreply 10March 18, 2023 4:00 PM

Years ago, Joseph Cotton in a fabulous 40’s style knit and leather sweater with his wife Patricia Medina behind us in line at Mrs. See’s in Palm Springs.

We talked about caramels.

by Anonymousreply 11March 18, 2023 4:23 PM

Um, R5, he jostled my elbow at one point and said "excuse me." So....

by Anonymousreply 12March 18, 2023 5:33 PM

My friend told me she sat next to Cate Blanchett on a train ride a few years ago. She said the entire time she pretened she didn't know who Cate was just to secretly spy on her, and asked her random questions like the time, train arrival time trivial shit like that. She said Cate was reading the entire time and didnt look bothered when she asked her questions. Said she got off the train before Cate. That's all

by Anonymousreply 13March 18, 2023 5:39 PM

You just reminded me, I pretended not to recognize Jake Gyllenhaal waiting on a long light at a crosswalk one time because he seemed apprehensive. We said nothing to each other and then he walked away.

by Anonymousreply 14March 18, 2023 6:17 PM

R13 I wonder if Cate regales people with the story of the time she sat next to an autistic woman on a train and got peppered with questions about train schedules.

by Anonymousreply 15March 18, 2023 7:51 PM

I also encountered Cate on a train (Sydney Eastern suburbs line). She sat opposite me with a couple of her kids. She got on at Kings Cross. She got off at Town Hall. End of.

by Anonymousreply 16March 18, 2023 8:37 PM

Randy Jackson (American Idol and some other shit) sat in the hotel lobby bar next to me in Chicago once. He was polite to the bartender, but basically sat and never said a word the entire time - just scrolling on his ipad.

by Anonymousreply 17March 18, 2023 8:40 PM

Am I the only one who has not encountered Cate Blanchett on public transportation?

by Anonymousreply 18March 18, 2023 8:42 PM

Matt Smith used my cellphone as a flashlight without my permission, once.

In his defense, I did just have it sitting on the table with the flashlight on. I was trying to light up a dark area.

by Anonymousreply 19March 18, 2023 8:44 PM

[quote] Celebrities aren't there to make your chance encounter exciting.

You don't say.

by Anonymousreply 20March 18, 2023 8:47 PM

Walked into a Starbucks and saw Michelle Pfeiffer standing at the entrance, holding a coffee cup, talking to someone. She was wearing a ball cap and a track suit (circa Juicy Couture days). For some reason, I looked down at her feet and she had very nicely-kept feet. IIRC, a light pink / nude-ish color of nail polish. Her demeanor was very low-key.

by Anonymousreply 21March 18, 2023 8:50 PM

Keira Knightley seems like a lovely person.

by Anonymousreply 22March 18, 2023 8:51 PM

I showed Smoky Robinson how to use the video player on a flight to LA when he was next to me. He watched his movie, I watched mine, we both had work to do and we hardly spoke all the way across.

by Anonymousreply 23March 18, 2023 10:18 PM

Right, r18. Just how tiny is Australia. It seems like everyone has met Cate Blanchett

by Anonymousreply 24March 18, 2023 10:54 PM

R24 well Cate is Australian and she was living in Sydney at the time. Sydney isn’t tiny - 5 million people - but she was known for taking public transport. Besides, only two of us have seen her on the train, and the other person could have seen her anyway.

by Anonymousreply 25March 18, 2023 11:10 PM

^^^ “anywhere” not “anyway”

by Anonymousreply 26March 18, 2023 11:11 PM

R25 You don't have to go around dryly repeating common knowledge. It's a terrible personality trait. Everyone knows Cate Blanchett is Australian. Please go fuck yourself.

by Anonymousreply 27March 18, 2023 11:24 PM

I saw Louis Black smoking outside of a building one time. He looked grumpy.

by Anonymousreply 28March 18, 2023 11:44 PM

We can't all personally witness Cate Blanchett riding trains, R27. Please keep your seething, bitter jealousy to yourself.

by Anonymousreply 29March 18, 2023 11:46 PM

[quote] Besides, only two of us have seen her on the train, and the other person could have seen her anyway.

R25/r16 which 2? I thought was just r16(you) and r13's friend who saw Cate riding the bus. Which other person saw Cate?

by Anonymousreply 30March 18, 2023 11:52 PM

I've had a billion of them, but my favorite was the time I sat next to Bill Russell on a flight from DC to LGB. I had no idea who he was and I kept wondering why all the men on my flight kept staring at me (I was momentarily flattered and then worried I had something on my face.) I asked him, courteously, if he would like me to help him take his jacket off, as his arms were about 19 feet long and he was struggling. He seemed irritated. At one point, I repeated a question from the flight attendant.

We deplaned. Several men came rushing up to him, shoving me aside in the process. I continued on, oblivious, until a FA whispered, "So what was it like to sit next to Bill Russell for five hours?" I replied, "boring."

by Anonymousreply 31March 18, 2023 11:55 PM

I served Lucy coffee on a flight in the 70s, and she didn't throw it at me.

by Anonymousreply 32March 19, 2023 12:00 AM

My brother saw Sean Penn in JFK airport. Said he was tiny.

by Anonymousreply 33March 19, 2023 12:03 AM

Sat next to Stedman Graham in a small coffee shop in San Francisco, we were both eating breakfast alone. He has HUGE hands.

by Anonymousreply 34March 19, 2023 12:07 AM

I sat next to or across several movie and TV stars over the years, but the only one that was both boring and quite sad was on a Delta flight from Atlanta to LA. I was in the first row aisle seat in business class. Then in comes Mary Ann Mobley and her clearly drunk off his ass husband Gary Collins. He was so drunk that he had to be helped onto the plane by two male airline staffers. They sat in the first row seats across the aisle. Collins passed out cold practically before they even had him in the seat. MAM sat there and looked like someone had just spat in her face. Everything went okay once we were in the air until they started the dinner service. MAM waved off all food and just asked for a cocktail. Collins was still comatose, so nothing for him. After the dinner service they started the movie. MAM took off her shoes and slunk down in her seat and propped her bare feet up against the bulkhead. The FA came by, leaned down to her and I assume told her to get her hooves off the wall, because as the FA walked off MAM gave her a look to kill as she pulled her feet back to her seat. She crossed her arms and sat there looking like she wanted to kill reading a book for the remainder of the flight. Once we pulled to the gate in LA neither of them made a move to get up. They sat there as everyone passed by. i assumed they wouldn't be able to deplane until someone with the airline came on board to drag that sot Collins off the plane.

by Anonymousreply 35March 19, 2023 12:22 AM

R19 do tell, what were you and Matt Smith doing in a dark area, hmmm?

by Anonymousreply 36March 19, 2023 12:27 AM

R30 you would have to ask R13 or their friend who saw Cate riding the train (I can’t imagine her riding the bus - I certainly don’t!). It’s possible that you’re overcomplicating things.

by Anonymousreply 37March 19, 2023 12:28 AM

Last year, my Mum got on half-full public bus and sat behind Lee Ryan off of Blue. He had on a hoodie and cap (like anyone remembers him these days), and was slumped in his seat with his head down, miserable and mumbling to someone on his phone the entire journey. Mum, an eavesdropper par excellence, said it sounded like he was sober enough but pretty annoyed and the conversation was job/money related, though he kept his volume down to a hissing whine rather than shouting and causing a scene (lucky, as he's apparently got issues with anger). Afaik he's bankrupt and been in trouble and in the gossip rags so many times in the past, he probably just wanted to avoid another stint in the nick or more police fines.

by Anonymousreply 38March 19, 2023 12:33 AM

Bill Whitaker and I discussed classical music and literature in a quiet bistro. He is a very intelligent man.

by Anonymousreply 39March 19, 2023 12:34 AM

Hi R27! I’m just back from fucking myself - very pleasant, thanks for the suggestion - I have added “dryly repeating Cate Blanchett’s nationality and public transport choices” to the long list of my terrible personality traits.

It’s special people such as your good self who keep me coming back for more on the DL.

As I was saying to Cate on the all stations to Bondi Junction train just now. She says “hi”.

by Anonymousreply 40March 19, 2023 12:35 AM

Cate Blanchett doesn't have a driver's license?

by Anonymousreply 41March 19, 2023 12:37 AM

R41 I’m sure that she does have a driver’s license - I’ll ask her next time that I run into her on the train - but sometimes because of the parking and traffic situation in Sydney, it’s better to leave the car at home.

Or maybe she just likes to keep it real for the kids. We’re not close - I’m not sure.

by Anonymousreply 42March 19, 2023 12:42 AM

I once helped John Lithgow dial a long distance call on my work’s phone. I think it was to his agent as he was arguing over fees for something involving his Shrek character (it had just come out a few months earlier.)

by Anonymousreply 43March 19, 2023 12:43 AM

R40/R42 please tell her I send my love

by Anonymousreply 44March 19, 2023 12:50 AM

I used to work in the Frank Gehry building next to Tower Records on Sunset. One day as I was walking out the the building towards the off-site auxiliary garage the cogs had to park in, I found myself walking along side Bono. He had just walked out Tower. We walked to the intersection, waited together at the signal, and when it changed I walked towards my car and he walked towards the Marquis. I'm short, but he was shorter, wearing platform creepers, and he had plus on his crown that made him look like he had doll hair.

by Anonymousreply 45March 19, 2023 12:54 AM

It was years after the Parkinson's syndrome.

I saw Muhammad Ali at La Guardia and a crowd of people at the gate stood around him watching as he tried to put a pen into his suit jacket pocket. It was terrible. Terrible.

No, I didn't sit and gawk. I looked at the people staring at him.

by Anonymousreply 46March 19, 2023 12:55 AM

I did, R44 - she teared up. She’s a little emotional after the Oscars.

She’s Australian, you know - we’re like that. .

by Anonymousreply 47March 19, 2023 12:56 AM

[quote] I'm short, but he was shorter, wearing platform creepers, and he had plus on his crown that made him look like he had doll hair.

R45, "crown" meaning a wig?

by Anonymousreply 48March 19, 2023 1:08 AM

Yes I saw Bono in Dublin once and yes he is short and wears platforms just like Tammy Cruise. I've been at a dinner that Bill Clinton was at - very ruddy faced. Been in a bookshop with Tony Blair (nothing to report there he was just browsing in the history section). I was in a bodega once and Jonathan Rhys Meyers was buying cigarettes he looked like he'd had a late night.

by Anonymousreply 49March 19, 2023 1:18 AM

I shook hands with Bill Clinton once. He held on to my hand for a long time. I don't know why. The crowd was so thick, I couldn't really see him despite shaking hands with him.

by Anonymousreply 50March 19, 2023 1:41 AM

R49 should have made a pass at JRM, might have got some crazy ass that night.

by Anonymousreply 51March 19, 2023 1:45 AM

I second R51’s suggestion. I still find JRM sexy af.

I work at the courthouse where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married. Their dog was one of their witnesses. Very polite and humble couple. They had a decoy town car parked in the front of the building but exited into another at the back to avoid the paparazzi.

by Anonymousreply 52March 19, 2023 1:57 AM

A business associate and his wife sat next to Danny DeVito & guest at the NY Met. Both my associate and DV chattered through all 3 intermissions like old friends as both are dedicated opera fans. DV came across as well-educated, well-mannered, and charming.

by Anonymousreply 53March 19, 2023 2:01 AM

Yes, Danny DeVito stayed at a hotel where I used to work and he seemed like a nice guy.

by Anonymousreply 54March 19, 2023 2:12 AM

When you're that ugly, you better be nice.

by Anonymousreply 55March 19, 2023 2:13 AM

[quote] It isn't anybody's job to be fascinating at all times.

You sound boring.

by Anonymousreply 56March 19, 2023 2:16 AM

R53 Danny DeVito is into the opera? That's amazing. Wonder what shows are his favourites?

by Anonymousreply 57March 19, 2023 2:20 AM

I owned a retail store near top universities, and had many celebrities come into my store when they were either checking one of the colleges out for their spawn, attending a graduation, or receiving an honorary degree from one of the colleges. Mostly everyone was wonderful, except two:

Andy Williams (honorary music degree)

Dominick Dunne (graduation speaker)

by Anonymousreply 58March 19, 2023 2:37 AM

[quote][R19] do tell, what were you and Matt Smith doing in a dark area, hmmm?

r36 Searching for snacks under the crafty tent during a night shoot. The lantern they had posted in the corner ran out of batteries.

by Anonymousreply 59March 19, 2023 2:53 AM

I shared an elevator with Phil Keoghan, the host of "Amazing Race," in Washington DC once a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 60March 19, 2023 2:55 AM

R58, what happened with Andy Williams and Dominick Dunne?

by Anonymousreply 61March 19, 2023 3:27 AM

I've shared lifts with Richard Branson several times at Zermatt. He remembers that I recognise him and we exchange basic pleasantries but have never introduced ourselves. Come to think of it, that is rather incurious of him because he knows I know him but he has never introduced himself to ask my name.

by Anonymousreply 62March 19, 2023 3:32 AM

Southwest flight. Former Senator Mary Landrieu was in the middle seat behind me. Very small woman.

When we were standing before the jet door was opened, the guy who had sat next to her the whole flight said, "Our politics don't agree at all but I'm impressed you fly Southwest and not first class."

She looked uncomfortable and said something like "I do my best."

Boring enough for you, OP?

by Anonymousreply 63March 19, 2023 3:35 AM

I shared a bottle of mosquito repellant with Dave Brubeck during a break at an outdoor concert. Guess who was playing? Go on, I'll just Take 5 while you figure it out.

by Anonymousreply 64March 19, 2023 4:27 AM

Richard Branson seems like a creep.

by Anonymousreply 65March 19, 2023 4:54 AM

I have a Rose Byrne story but as I never actually interacted with her I will put it here. She was in a play in Sydney before she headed to Hollywood to make it big. She was nothing special in the play but in the foyer after she was dressed like Audrey Hepburn which seemed wildly inappropriate for the situation so it was clear she had higher ambitions.

by Anonymousreply 66March 19, 2023 5:08 AM

I have another actor - Cate Blanchett. I saw her in a play at NIDA when she was still a student. Her performance was all cat-like movement. I was introduced to her afterward for some reason and commented on her cat. She replied that yes she had initially studied a cat for her character but then dropped the idea and let her imagination take over. But she seemed annoyed that I had spotted the cat as if it was some big technical secret. She sounded like a humorless and pretentious fool which was only noteworthy because NIDA students are trained to suck up to anyone in the foyer in case they could give them a job.

by Anonymousreply 67March 19, 2023 5:16 AM

I guess Cate caught the bus to NIDA - no trains out Kensington way.

by Anonymousreply 68March 19, 2023 5:46 AM

I sat right behind Chloe Sevigny on a crosstown bus in Manhattan. The M23. She had lovely skin and looked very pretty. Not a word was spoke by either of us.

by Anonymousreply 69March 19, 2023 6:09 AM

When I had a job at the post office I served Peter Weir the film director. I asked him what he was working on but I forget what it was. His manner was effete.

by Anonymousreply 70March 19, 2023 6:19 AM

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by Anonymousreply 71March 19, 2023 6:47 AM

Hilarious, R71!

by Anonymousreply 72March 19, 2023 6:56 AM

^Fuck off faggot.

by Anonymousreply 73March 19, 2023 7:55 AM

Amazing comeback, R73. I simply cannot compete with humour of that level of maturity!

by Anonymousreply 74March 19, 2023 8:07 AM

I went to a live musical performance at Lincoln Center when I was in grad school (a musical showcase of Todd Almond songs), and Patricia Clarkson was seated behind me. I’d recognize that voice from a mile away. I heard her talking and slyly turned around—we made eye contact and I smiled at her. She smiled back, but I didn’t say anything to her. Courtney Love performed a song at the show, and she was sitting with her then-boyfriend at a table to the left of the stage after her performance. I have always loved her music and wanted to approach her after the show just to shake her hand and say thanks, but she was being mobbed by gothy Hole queens who were inappropriately dressed for the occasion, so I decided to walk on past and leave her alone. She looked surprisingly good up close.

by Anonymousreply 75March 19, 2023 8:27 AM

I was in a theatre foyer after a show and a legendary actress was standing talking to someone in front of me. Our eyes locked and the person she was talking to walked away. She gave me a smile as if to stay approach but just then someone else jumped in between us and started talking to her. The legend looked at me with regret.

by Anonymousreply 76March 19, 2023 8:35 AM

Used to belong to the same gym as Nicole Kidman.

One evening as I was asking in, Nicole and friend were coming in behind me so I stood back and held the door wide open for them, as I do for anybody.

They walked in and didn’t even acknowledge the act in any way. I didn’t want a bouquet but people, especially in NYC, typically nod or something. So, boring and a tad rude/entitled.

by Anonymousreply 77March 19, 2023 8:42 AM

Before Cate Blanchett made it in Hollywood, I once saw her saddling up a kangaroo to ride into the Sydney CBD.

by Anonymousreply 78March 19, 2023 8:42 AM

R77 - maybe she thought you were staff.

by Anonymousreply 79March 19, 2023 8:46 AM

I once saw Ellen Burstyn walking along Central Park West—she looked like a very casual, low key old lady. Also passed by Hank Azaria once in the park. He was talking on his cell phone. I’ve always found him hot, but he was even hotter in person.

by Anonymousreply 80March 19, 2023 8:47 AM

R77 Kidman puts on a humbleness in interviews, but I’ve always suspected she is probably a cunt in real life. Still, I’m a fan of her work.

by Anonymousreply 81March 19, 2023 8:51 AM

I ran into many famous politicians flying to & from Washington DC - including Bob Kerry, who was seating in MY seat ( I let him keep it, ‘cuz he only has one leg.)

I sat next to that fucking creep Ed Meese - he’s surprisingly friendly.

And, I almost ran Janet Reno’s foot over with a shopping cart at Eastern Market.

by Anonymousreply 82March 19, 2023 9:16 AM

I used to work in corporate events. I worked with Dawn Wells one afternoon when she was pitching her line of clothing to healthcare professionals. It was clothing that we held together with velcro instead of buttons and was designed for the bed-ridden community.

In another event, I worked with Dixie Carter who had a half-hour cabaret lounge act. She was high-strung that day and kept wanting us to bring the rounds closer together to make the space more intimate. There has to be clearance around the tables for servers to get in and out. She couldn't understand that this was an event for 500 attendees and there was no way to bring all these tables closer to the stage. She kept saying, "The show is GOING TO DIE if we can't bring everyone closer to the stage". We humored her and moved each table a few inches closer. That seemed to satisfy her for a while. At some point after the rehearsal, she chilled out and was very pleasant that evening.

by Anonymousreply 83March 19, 2023 9:18 AM

Southern California: having lunch outside at Kings Road Cafe…an adorable brindle Boston Terrier at the next table came over, wagging its tail. I smiled, looked up at the dog’s owner, and said, “Cute dog!” Famke Janssen said, “Thank you,” and smiled back.

by Anonymousreply 84March 19, 2023 9:26 AM

In another sighting I jogged past Joan Van Ark. She was in full makeup, which was odd. This was at the reservoir that Madonna's villa overlooked. At that same reservoir, I got cruised by Keanu Reeves as he was jogging in the opposite direction. And it wasn't just a glance. He gave me a proper gay cruise.

I did the cruising technique where I slowed down and ran backward to see if he turned back around. Unfortunately, he didn't. Then I jogged an entire new loop around the lake to see if he would cruise me again. I didn't see him a second time. But what a great workout.

by Anonymousreply 85March 19, 2023 9:29 AM

I was in Marco Island, FL and GL star Kim Zimmer came into a pub with her hubby and kids. Pleasant, not loud and she had to tell her boys she can't order everything off the menu. KZ was blonder, tan and wore a lot of plastic jewelry. People recognized her, and mercifully let her eat in peace.

by Anonymousreply 86March 19, 2023 9:50 AM

Many years ago, I did a community theater show with Bess Armstrong's sister. Bess came to one of the performances. It was around the time of her sitcom On Our Own, so she was known. Some of the cast members were agog when she came backstage. I didn't speak to her, but she seemed pleasant enough.

by Anonymousreply 87March 19, 2023 10:03 AM

Back in the day, Joan was always out running there. I used to pass her all the time. Very friendly. Very undernourished.

by Anonymousreply 88March 19, 2023 10:42 AM

R88 Joan Cusack?

by Anonymousreply 89March 19, 2023 10:46 AM

Cate Blanchett barely lives in Australia.

by Anonymousreply 90March 19, 2023 10:57 AM

Betty White was at the Beverly Center bookstore to sign copies of her latest book about how much she loves animals. But my friend reported when he went she was sitting alone at a big table with a stack of books in front of her. People were in the bookstore shopping but no one was buying her book or really acknowledging her. She just sat there, pen in hand, waiting. She would occasionally wipe off some imaginary dust to look busy.

by Anonymousreply 91March 19, 2023 11:04 AM

I shared an elevator with Downtown Julie Brown around 1990. She was about 4 ft tall in heels, and looked to weigh about 80 lbs. She was very attractive.

I disembarked at JFK on my first trip to NYC at age 12 and Dolly Parton was at the gate (being mobbed).

Lisa Brown, Nola/Iva from the P&G soaps, and her family were buying books where I worked in 1994 on their way to the Outer Banks for vacation. She was really lovely in person.

by Anonymousreply 92March 19, 2023 11:04 AM

[quote] At that same reservoir, I got cruised by Keanu Reeves as he was jogging in the opposite direction. And it wasn't just a glance. He gave me a proper gay cruise.

Keanu really is a delight. Every new story I hear about him is pleasing. Legend of put the time.

by Anonymousreply 93March 19, 2023 11:36 AM

Tracee Ellis Ross smiled and said "excuse me" in a coffee shop in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 94March 19, 2023 11:48 AM

R63 Ugggh, so boring! I did a book report on her when I was in middle school. I don't remember anything about her.

by Anonymousreply 95March 19, 2023 11:48 AM

I rode the #6 train heading uptown with Ivanka Trump during rush hour about 20 years ago. She had a seat and was wearing very high heels.

by Anonymousreply 96March 19, 2023 11:57 AM

Once upon a time as a teenager, I got snuck into some kind of record company party that was a showcase of prospective bands they might sign. We were there for the open bar (free alcohol!) and I made a beeline to go get us all drinks the second we got there.

There was an unusual looking man sitting at the bar who seemed friendly. He said hello and we had a short conversation, the only thing I remembered was he said he was from Los Angeles- all the explanation I needed for why the looked like he did. I thought he was cool and nice. I was probably saying stupid things, he seemed gently amused by me.

I went back over to my friends, and we noticed at some point that everyone at the party was being weirdly deferential to the nice guy at the bar. They all seemed to be nervously approaching him, like he was very important. We assumed he must be some kind of executive for the record label. Very cool!

Years and years later, I saw some guy being interviewed who looked and sounded so familiar. It was that guy that worked for that record company! ... it was Danny Elfman from Oingo Bingo.

by Anonymousreply 97March 19, 2023 11:58 AM

R78, what?

by Anonymousreply 98March 19, 2023 12:04 PM

This, R98.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 99March 19, 2023 12:46 PM

Nice nightmare fuel, R99.

by Anonymousreply 100March 19, 2023 1:02 PM

I saw Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins at an airport. We were both at baggage claim and he was talking to an assistant or someone when we made eye contact. He was wearing a ski cap with long ear straps (it was November in the Midwest). That’s it.

by Anonymousreply 101March 19, 2023 1:04 PM

One year at Leeds festival I accidentally waved to Peter Crouch across a crowded stage. I was trying to get the attention of someone I know stood near him, but caught his attention instead. Crouchy gamely and enthusiastically waved back at me with a silly exasperated smile, probably assuming I was off my tits and/or a big LFC & England mens’ football fan (actually I was sober at that moment, and while I do like his teams I’m a Wales fan primarily lol). His wife Abby who was next to him smiled a bit too. They seem really lovely and normal. After that set finished and the band (can’t remember who, now) left, and I went in their direction to find my lost friend, they disappeared and I didn’t see them again all festival.

by Anonymousreply 102March 19, 2023 1:13 PM

I shared an elevator with Paul Stanley from KISS. Ihe was wearing baby blue cowboy boots.

by Anonymousreply 103March 19, 2023 1:13 PM

Ann Richards cut me in line at Einstein Bros. Bagels one morning. Pretty entitled but I guess she felt she’d earned it. Also in Austin, as a teenager I checked out Kathy Bates as she was purchasing a stack of books. I recognized her but said nothing and she winked in acknowledgment.

by Anonymousreply 104March 19, 2023 1:17 PM

This is true.

I met Hillary Clinton when she was appearing while Bill was running for president the first time. I told her that I wished she was the one running for the job. She jokingly staggered backwards, bugged her eyes and shook her head no.

by Anonymousreply 105March 19, 2023 1:20 PM

TWA used to run a flight from Boston to Mexico City via LaGuardia and New Orleans years ago (has to have been: they were bought by AA in 2001) and we got on in Boston en route to NOLA. A lot of broadcast exec types got on in NYC headed, we learned, for the the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention meeting in New Orleans and filled the rest of First Class. After takeoff from NY, I recognized the then head of Fox News, Roger Ailes in the front row. We never interacted, but when I mentioned it later, a couple of people said I should have hijacked the plane and brought it down, sparing the US from Murdoch, Fox, the Republicans and eventually Trump.

by Anonymousreply 106March 19, 2023 1:54 PM

I hate when Australians post and crap themselves over the terrible Sydney traffic and parking, so awful that peons and movie stars all must hang on the straps and get emotional and share Vegemite recipes.

Island syndrome from the descendants of common criminals.

by Anonymousreply 107March 19, 2023 1:57 PM

I've just started work on my genius new musical, 'Riding on Trains with Cate Blanchett' which is slated for the Adelphi in 2024.

by Anonymousreply 108March 19, 2023 2:08 PM

Years ago I was standing in line waiting to check in for my flight at a small regional airport when Phyllis George (former Miss America, former CBS Morning Show co-host, now just former) arrived and stood behind me. I don’t think anyone else recognized her, or if they did they just pretended not to. She was talking to herself while we waited, like “where’s my ticket? Oh, here it is.” Just a stream of consciousness. She sounded like a ditz or maybe a very nervous flyer.

by Anonymousreply 109March 19, 2023 2:10 PM

Helmut Schmidt, the former German chancellor, walking along the beach on Captiva Island off Ft. Myers in a dark suit, white shirt, dark tie, and oxford shoes. He looked like he was headed to or from a funeral surrounded by three or four security people, all dressed for their surroundings in shorts and golf shirts, unlike Schmidt.

by Anonymousreply 110March 19, 2023 2:13 PM

In the late 90's, Steve Martin waiting for a water taxi in St Mark's Square in Venice. Hand shielding his face trying not to be noticed.

I waited on Goldie Hawn, her youngest and her brother in Denny's. She was very causal and very pretty. It was quick evident that she parented her child not some nanny.

by Anonymousreply 111March 19, 2023 2:27 PM

He must mean Joan Lunden...

by Anonymousreply 112March 19, 2023 2:30 PM

I sat next to Jamie Lee Curtis in first class on a flight. she had the window seat, was wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses. She turned to me once everyone boarded and said, "I know you know who I am, but I am really trying to get some rest on this flight so nice to meet you but please don't bother me." I smiled politely and went back to my book.

by Anonymousreply 113March 19, 2023 2:38 PM

I saw Dottie West at Shoney's a few months before she passed. from wiki about her passing:

On August 30, 1991, West was scheduled to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Shortly after she left her apartment at Nashville's Wessex Towers, her car, a Chrysler New Yorker that Rogers had given to her following the loss of her possessions at the IRS auction, stalled in front of the old Belle Meade theater on Harding Road. West's 81-year-old neighbor George Thackston spotted her on the side of the road and offered to drive her to the Opry for her scheduled appearance. Frantic about reaching the Opry on time, West urged Thackston to drive at high speed.

Thackston lost control of his vehicle while traveling through the Opryland exit on Briley Parkway at a speed of 55 miles per hour; the speed limit for the exit ramp was posted as 25 miles per hour. The car left the ramp, went airborne and struck the central divider. Thackston was found to have had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%. He pled no contest to reckless endangerment and was ordered to complete an alcohol treatment program.

West died in the hospital a few days after the crash.

by Anonymousreply 114March 19, 2023 2:38 PM

Every encounter with G is boring, obviously

by Anonymousreply 115March 19, 2023 2:53 PM

The Adelphi Theater where On the Town had its Broadway premiere and was used for the famous 39 episodes of The Honeymooners ended up as the George Abbott and was torn down in 1970 so I don't know how your show is going to open there.

by Anonymousreply 116March 19, 2023 3:01 PM

R91 Aw, bless. Poor Betty.

by Anonymousreply 117March 19, 2023 3:02 PM

[quote]She turned to me once everyone boarded and said, "I know you know who I am, but I am really trying to get some rest on this flight so nice to meet you but please don't bother me."

What an insufferable cunt.

by Anonymousreply 118March 19, 2023 3:02 PM

Ypir and I were running on treadmills at the same time in the gym at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva.

by Anonymousreply 119March 19, 2023 3:02 PM

On a road trip with my family sometime in the late 70's or early 80's I spotted Richard Deacon in the men's room of a rest stop. My mother didn't believe me and my father when we told her that we had just seen Mr. Rutherford. So we sat in the parking lot for a few minutes so she could see him going to his car.

by Anonymousreply 120March 19, 2023 3:38 PM

I saw Liam Neeson on the street in NYC. The man is huge, like a Sasquatch.

I saw Kevin Bacon on the street in NYC, The man is thin as hell, like a scarecrow.

by Anonymousreply 121March 19, 2023 3:46 PM

I stood behind quarterback Dan Marino in the Pittsburgh airport once. He was very handsome wearing a brown leather jacket. He’s quite tall so my face came to about the middle of his back, which was very broad and muscular. It was thrilling at the time.

by Anonymousreply 122March 19, 2023 4:00 PM

I used to be a bartender at a hotel, and Vivica A. Fox came in with a guy late one night after an event. He ordered a drink for himself and a house red for her, so I turned to her and asked if she preferred cab or merlot. She gave me the DIRTIEST look, like, how dare I address her directly, and flounced off to a table without answering. The guy said, 'Just give her red, whatever...' and didn't leave a tip (they ordered four rounds, and no tip each time). They also complained that someone else came in and sat at a table near them and tried to get me to make them move. The other guests didn’t even try to approach her or anything — she was just mad that they dared to sit at a neighboring table.

by Anonymousreply 123March 19, 2023 4:00 PM

I was buying bagels on University Place in NYC after walking my dog one Sunday morning. Holly Hunter and her two little kids were out front of the bagel shop and I said “Do you mind if I tie my dog here while I’m inside?” Holly said, with a very strong, southern accent, “Go for it!”

by Anonymousreply 124March 19, 2023 4:09 PM

[R61] Andy Williams was downright rude for no reason at all to me and my customers who only said a few words to him (they were fans of his and congratulated him on his music degree - no one asked for an autograph) . He was very snarky and put-off, to say the least.

Dominick Dunne - whom I was a fan of and read all his books, acted rather bothered and aloof. All I said to him was that it was nice to see him in my store, and I had read all of his books as I enjoyed his writing. He did an eye roll to me, and didn't acknowledge the compliment.

"I'm in a hurry", he said. "Just ring me up."

I then apologized for wasting fifteen seconds of his time. He rolled his eyes again and left with his purchase.

by Anonymousreply 125March 19, 2023 4:11 PM

I find it odd that a manager or a supervisor doesn't follow them out and say were you unhappy with your service you left no tip.

by Anonymousreply 126March 19, 2023 4:13 PM

My ex and I shared a 4-top in the upstairs bar at Woody's in Philly with Graham Norton and his very attractive companion. He was a total cunt, and I think he was pissed that no one was paying any attention to him. 15ish years ago.

by Anonymousreply 127March 19, 2023 4:22 PM

R123 - I'm sitting here thinking, 'Who TF is Vivica Fox?'

by Anonymousreply 128March 19, 2023 4:23 PM

R128 the stripper girlfriend of Will Smith in Independence Day

She does that black acting technique where she overacts by pursing her lips and cranking her neck constantly

by Anonymousreply 129March 19, 2023 4:25 PM

I love Vivica A. Fox.

by Anonymousreply 130March 19, 2023 4:26 PM

Three hours reading the paper? Be more interesting, David Duchovny! Your job is to entrance the OP!

by Anonymousreply 131March 19, 2023 4:29 PM

Carrot Top at the Dallas Cowboys Club at DFW (basically just a bar/restaurant). Sat next to him at the bar. Nice enough. I asked him how his show was going in Las Vegas and he said fine. We watched football after that for about an hour until I left.

by Anonymousreply 132March 19, 2023 4:34 PM

I met Lynn Redgrave when she did a play in West Hartford at St. Joseph's College. Stunning up close, very warm and unaffected. Not boring, just pleasant. She signed my playbill and I was in heaven.

by Anonymousreply 133March 19, 2023 4:37 PM

R131 I must have missed the part where I said I had a problem with it. He can live his life! My point is that celebs are normal people and meeting a famous isn't that great, usually.

by Anonymousreply 134March 19, 2023 4:38 PM

I saw Vincent D'Onofrio at Duane Reade pharmacy early one morning before work. He was hanging over the counter talking to a pharmacist, looking very rough and homeless looking. I was walking around the aisles and he looked over a few times while I pretended not to notice him. At the time he was starring in Law and Order, Criminal Intent, and this would have been around 2002/3.

by Anonymousreply 135March 19, 2023 4:39 PM

I once rang up Brad Pitt's order back in the 1990s. He definitely had that Golden Boy aura, like a ray of sunshine lighting up the room. He was very affable and had that laid back SoCal vibe. His then girlfriend, Gwynnie, OTOH, was an ice princess, who barely uttered a word and could only manage a smirk whenever he'd say something to her. I think she was just bored being there. They had matching hairstyles and looked more like brother and sister then a romantic twosome.

by Anonymousreply 136March 19, 2023 4:39 PM

Some people have very active fantasies!

by Anonymousreply 137March 19, 2023 4:40 PM

I'm impressed with anyone who can daydream up a fake story about seeing a B-list celebrity of the past in a store for two minutes. That takes creativity.

by Anonymousreply 138March 19, 2023 4:46 PM

Pitt and Paltrow were like matching Bratz dolls back then, comical.

by Anonymousreply 139March 19, 2023 4:46 PM

I once saw Neil Tennant waiting for a train at King's Cross Station. I don't know whether or not he was planning to rendezvous with Cate Blanchett on board.

by Anonymousreply 140March 19, 2023 4:57 PM

I got off a bus in Westminster once and was seriously cruised by Michael Portillo.

by Anonymousreply 141March 19, 2023 4:59 PM

If that insufferable Jamie Lee Curtis said that to me at R113, I’d have responded, “Sir, you must be mistaken — I have no idea who you are!”

by Anonymousreply 142March 19, 2023 4:59 PM

I've never met a celeb.

by Anonymousreply 143March 19, 2023 5:08 PM

You're not missing out on anything.

by Anonymousreply 144March 19, 2023 5:11 PM

My dad used to go over to Fess Parker's house in Santa Barbara and play tennis with him. I always had to sit in the car and I never even saw Fess or his house.

by Anonymousreply 145March 19, 2023 5:18 PM

It can't get more boring than a little old lady sorting merchandise behind the counter of her family's import store. I saw her several times at Toguri Imports on Belmont in Chicago in the mid-nineties. She was around 80 then.

by Anonymousreply 146March 19, 2023 5:20 PM

^Oh, shit! I left out that it was Tokyo Rose at r146.

by Anonymousreply 147March 19, 2023 5:22 PM

Most celebrity encounters are boring ! It’s like - oh, I saw so and so on a street, or at a restaurant - I live mostly in New York but also go to LA a ton for my work so I have a billion and one stories like that . Do you guys actually want to hear them?

The most “interesting “ thing I can consistently say is I work events and 90 something percent of them all smoke but take pains to make sure it’s not caught on camera. Obviously 30 something years ago I assume no one tried to hide that.

by Anonymousreply 148March 19, 2023 5:33 PM

I once screamed, "Show us your tits!" at Brandon Routh at a pop culture convention. Does that count?

R113, the least she could have done is offered you a strawberry Activia.

by Anonymousreply 149March 19, 2023 5:33 PM

R119 Who?

by Anonymousreply 150March 19, 2023 5:35 PM

R148 Hit us with your most boring one. I want to be underwhelmed.

by Anonymousreply 151March 19, 2023 5:38 PM

R148 lots of upper crust people still smoke real cigarettes, only now it’s hidden like a dirty secret. Vaping is for common trash.

Tell us about some of the closet smokers. Who?

by Anonymousreply 152March 19, 2023 5:39 PM

Jennifer Aniston for sure.

by Anonymousreply 153March 19, 2023 5:40 PM

[quote] I was in a theatre foyer after a show and a legendary actress was standing talking to someone in front of me. Our eyes locked and the person she was talking to walked away. She gave me a smile as if to stay approach but just then someone else jumped in between us and started talking to her. The legend looked at me with regret.

R76, why can't you just name names? This is ridiculous. We're talking about boring stories, not salacious stories. Geez.

by Anonymousreply 154March 19, 2023 5:44 PM

Back in the early 1990s as a server, I waited on tv exec Brandon Tartikoff of NBC (all business, no chit chat), actor Charles S. Dutton (cool), playwright Wendy Wasserstein (snotty and rude), John Ritter (very friendly and silly in person), Master P (didn't know who he was, but mostly black kitchen staff informed me later), and Chuck Norris (short and nary a word)...

by Anonymousreply 155March 19, 2023 5:52 PM

[quote] I sat next to Jamie Lee Curtis in first class on a flight. she had the window seat, was wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses. She turned to me once everyone boarded and said, "I know you know who I am, but I am really trying to get some rest on this flight so nice to meet you but please don't bother me." I smiled politely and went back to my book.

What a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 156March 19, 2023 5:55 PM

[quote] lots of upper crust people still smoke real cigarettes, only now it’s hidden like a dirty secret.

As it should be. I would hesitate to call anyone who smokes cigarettes "upper crust". By its nature smoking is trashy and low.

by Anonymousreply 157March 19, 2023 5:58 PM

R123, that's a disappointing story about Vivica Fox because she seems like a cool lady. I've worked in bars before and to not tip after 4 rounds of drinks is plain rude and low class.

by Anonymousreply 158March 19, 2023 5:59 PM

R156 there is also a YouTube clip of her and Janet Leigh on Donahue and there were a ton of negative comments on her - being rude to staff or anyone who “wasn’t important,” etc. Unless all the comments are DLers, I’m gonna assume she’s an insufferable cunt.

by Anonymousreply 159March 19, 2023 5:59 PM

R157 so is sex and booze but people are still going at it

by Anonymousreply 160March 19, 2023 6:02 PM

R148 / Xennial, I'd be happy to hear any and all of the anecdotes you can remember.

by Anonymousreply 161March 19, 2023 6:05 PM

I was entering restroom and I held the door open for an exiting Russell Tovey, so I missed seeing his dick.

by Anonymousreply 162March 19, 2023 6:08 PM

Hotel Bel Air, Mother’s Day. I’m taking my mom to brunch. As we’re walking in, a pretty black lady in a big hat says “you two look fabulous! Enjoy your special day.” When she smiles, I register that it is none other than Ms Diana Ross, who is waiting for her car with several of her kids.

I know she’s a notorious diva, but she made our day.

by Anonymousreply 163March 19, 2023 6:14 PM

In the mid 2000s I saw Tom Selleck walking down the street in Halifax, NS. He was filming the Jesse Stone movies at the time. He was tall, dressed casually in jeans, plaid shirt and vest, and the clothes looked great on him. He was with a shorter man. I went into a popular candy store and he came in, up close he was really tall, and handsome.

by Anonymousreply 164March 19, 2023 6:16 PM

I once saw Meryl Streep shoveling snow in front of her old townhouse on 12th St., near 5th Avenue. I’m not sure where her husband or son were but she didn’t look thrilled to be doing the job.

by Anonymousreply 165March 19, 2023 6:20 PM

I am aghast that Meryl Streep doesn't enjoy shoveling snow.

by Anonymousreply 166March 19, 2023 6:40 PM

R48, sorry that was a typo -- I meant plugs -- plugs around the crown of his head. All along his forehead's hairline, Bono had super-obvious plugs with sprouting, uniformly-spaced stalks of hair popping out of his head. I remember thinking, "You're richer than God -- you couldn't find a better hair guy? This was around 2005 and plug technology, I thought, had improved.

by Anonymousreply 167March 19, 2023 7:36 PM

I met Jake Gyllenhall in the Forth Worth first class lounge. He was reading Newsweek. I went right up to him and said I was a big fan, eyeballing him. He took this to be a grievous insult and replied, without looking up, “Move along, faggot.”

by Anonymousreply 168March 19, 2023 7:46 PM

R168 That's not boring! 😲

by Anonymousreply 169March 19, 2023 8:23 PM

You know how people say they would never date the type of person who claps when the plane lands or sings 'Happy Birthday' to strangers in restaurants? Well I would never date (maybe even fuck) someone that consistently approached celebrities in the wild to tell them how big a fan they were. It just signals a kind of entitlement and lack of self-awareness (not to mention a creepy propensity for parasocial relationships) that I have to believe would bleed over into other aspects of their personality. I believe these to be the same kinds of people that publicly and dramatically mourn the deaths of celebrities on social media for weeks or months.

by Anonymousreply 170March 19, 2023 8:51 PM

I agree. Under most circumstances. If you are at an awards show, charity event or party, I have no issue.

by Anonymousreply 171March 19, 2023 8:55 PM

I sat beside Matthew Mconnaughey in an airport. It was about 10 years ago. I wanted to say hi, but couodnt think of a movie of his I liked and couldn't lie in case he got into a chat about it..and I just couldn't think of any other introduction that I'm a big fan...but I wasnt, so we sat like the strangers we were for about 10 mins. He was very normal and not a bit showbiz and kind of upbeat.

by Anonymousreply 172March 19, 2023 8:57 PM

I fetched a bottle of water for Janis Ian at a music festival when she couldn't find a volunteer to get one for her. No drama, she just said "thank you".

I saw Topol at a store where I was employed during the 90s. The woman he was with did all the talking while he just kind of stared off into space.

One of the biggest jackasses I ever waited on was a local weatherman, who was such a staple when I was growing up and looked so familiar, at first I thought he was a relative. When I gave him the total for his order, he said, "$6.66... that's appropriate, since I'M THE DEVIL." Then he Just stood there staring at me. I didn't want to encourage him, so I just said, "That's nice. Have a good day."

by Anonymousreply 173March 19, 2023 9:05 PM

[quote]Walked into a Starbucks and saw Michelle Pfeiffer standing at the entrance, holding a coffee cup, talking to someone. She was wearing a ball cap and a track suit (circa Juicy Couture days). For some reason, I looked down at her feet and she had very nicely-kept feet. IIRC, a light pink / nude-ish color of nail polish. [italic]Her demeanor was very low-key[/italic].

As opposed to what, R21? Running around, flailing her arms about?

by Anonymousreply 174March 19, 2023 9:15 PM

R173 The response "have a nice day" to I'M THE DEVIL has had me laughing for ten minutes and I don't even know why. Why are weatherman always so weird?

by Anonymousreply 175March 19, 2023 9:16 PM

[quote]I sat next to Jamie Lee Curtis in first class on a flight. she had the window seat, was wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses. She turned to me once everyone boarded and said, "I know you know who I am, but I am really trying to get some rest on this flight so nice to meet you but please don't bother me." I smiled politely and went back to my book.

Hi, Angie!

by Anonymousreply 176March 19, 2023 9:18 PM

R147, her real name was Iva Toguri. In the fall of 1977, I went to her store specifically so that I could buy my first futon for my then boyfriend and me to sleep on. I was new to Chicago and I think that was the only place I knew of that might sell futons.

by Anonymousreply 177March 19, 2023 9:33 PM

I rode in an elevator in the UN Plaza hotel with Jim Nabors in 1986. I was covering the press event being held there for the NBC fall lineup, and he was there promoting some dumb sitcom. It was crowded in the elevator and I had to stand close to him. He was with another older guy and they seemed uncomfortable.

by Anonymousreply 178March 19, 2023 9:33 PM

OP,was there the paper upside down? I wonder if he can read?.😂

by Anonymousreply 179March 19, 2023 11:15 PM

Actor Joe Pantoliano came in my store back in the early 2000s (around the same time as Rob Schneider). He was working on a television show where parts were being filmed in the neighborhood. He was very nice, but very queeny and dramatic. He was with a very cute younger guy and he talked to him non-stop as he shopped. The poor young stud looked so bored - like he was being held prisoner. Not sure if the young stud was an actor, crew member, or his boy-toy. I think JP was a little upset that no one in the store approached him or recognized him while he was prancing around. ( I acknowledged him very quietly when he first came in and asked for help with something).

by Anonymousreply 180March 20, 2023 12:56 AM

I used to shop at a tiny storefront south of Herald Square on Broadway.... that only carried pre recorded cassette tapes, remainders, or cutouts no less......!

....and Barry Manilow's mother came in. She didn't come to shop, she just wanted to go on and on about Barry to me,

I guess I looked like a Barry Mailow fan circa 1978.

Barry Manilows mother, I kid you not. Going on and on about Barry.

by Anonymousreply 181March 20, 2023 1:03 AM

Exchanged small talk with Brooke Shields while there was a very long line at this SoHo coffee shop a few years ago.

She’s extremely tall for a woman (my height, solidly 6 foot) but other than that, a typical NYC frauen.

by Anonymousreply 182March 20, 2023 1:11 AM

I saw Goodie Proctor dancing with the devil after midnight once.

by Anonymousreply 183March 20, 2023 1:14 AM

R181 WOW! So unusual for a "Jewish Mother". They're usually very humble about their successful kids.

A friend of mine lived in NY in the late 70s - early 90s, and worked for a very popular florist outside of NYC, in NJ. His artistry was beautiful (according to her) and being outside NYC, his prices were more reasonable. My friend took all the phone orders and walk-in orders / customers while the owner did the arrangements.

One frequent caller was none other than Barbra Streisand. Anytime she needed flowers sent to someone in NYC for birthdays, get-well bouquets, funerals, holidays, or events (such as someone's Broadway opening) she would call this florist. My friend said she would pick up the phone and hear, "Hi Ann - it's Barbra..." in her distinctive voice, and then proceed to give her order. She said Barbra was nothing less than kind, polite and humble.

On the other hand, Mary Tyler Moore was also a regular phone-order customer. The phone would ring, and she would hear someone say, "Please hold for Miss Mary Tyler Moore". A long while later, MTM would get on the phone and coldly give her order - with no apologies to how long she was tying up Ann's time leaving her 'on hold'. She was very 'icy' in her demeanor to her.

by Anonymousreply 184March 20, 2023 1:25 AM

I used to see James Carville jogging near my neighborhood - also at a neighborhood breakfast place.

by Anonymousreply 185March 20, 2023 1:35 AM

I sat next to Chloe Sevigny at the counter in a diner. I recognized her and we talked for a minute or two. Very pleasant. What surprised was what happened next, when the guy on the other side of her, who obviously had no idea who she was, started chatting her up. She was perfectly nice to him. "What brings you here?" her asked. "Oh, work," she replied. No snark or attitude, even after he kept asking her stupid questions. I was impressed.

by Anonymousreply 186March 20, 2023 1:43 AM

R58, please elaborate

by Anonymousreply 187March 20, 2023 1:56 AM

R187 I already did.

by Anonymousreply 188March 20, 2023 1:59 AM

R188, what post ?

by Anonymousreply 189March 20, 2023 2:00 AM

R125. I’m Sorry you had a disappointing encounter with D. Dunne . He’s known as being very gracious and warm to Fans . It looks like he was stressed about something

by Anonymousreply 190March 20, 2023 2:06 AM

R189 In R125

by Anonymousreply 191March 20, 2023 2:10 AM

[quote] Joe Pantoliano ... very queeny and dramatic

For those who don't know, Joe Pantoliano played Ralph Cifaretto on the Sopranos. The writers were known to bring the actors' personal lives into the scripts. James Gandolfini (Tony) got upset about it.

Anyway, I wonder if the writers sensed something odd about Joe P. His character was written as a sexual deviant.

The writers also insinuated that the Frank Vincent / Phil Leotardo character was gay.

by Anonymousreply 192March 20, 2023 2:11 AM

R189, just type "dunne" or whatever in the search bar of your phone (I'm assuming you're using a phone). A drop-down menu should appear and you can select "find on this page."

by Anonymousreply 193March 20, 2023 2:12 AM

I saw Hillary Clinton and Chelsea at Katz's Deli in NYC at 8:30 in the morning. It was the last day of my trip and I wanted a big sandwich before I flew out. They were filming something and had a lot of lighting equipment. Hilary was dressed to the nines in a eye-searingly blue suit with professional make up and hair. I thought she was a local news reporter until I walked to other side of the restaurant for water and saw Chelsea's distinctive face. When I got back to the table I said to my boyfriend "that's Hillary fucking Clinton". It was such a big distraction that I barely enjoyed my sandwich. She looks and sounds exactly the same in real life. Chelsea's hair looked very clean and smooth. Hillary had soup instead of a sandwich. That was my first celebrity sighting in NYC and I can't wait for it to happen again.

by Anonymousreply 194March 20, 2023 5:31 AM

[quote]I’m Sorry you had a disappointing encounter with D. Dunne . He’s known as being very gracious

He's also known as being dead, r190.

by Anonymousreply 195March 20, 2023 10:29 AM

R149 did Brandon say anything back?

by Anonymousreply 196March 20, 2023 10:46 AM

R181 pushy PR lol

by Anonymousreply 197March 20, 2023 10:50 AM

I worked at QVC and would see Joan Rivers every now and then in the halls. Most celebs would stay away from the common areas, but Joan would be in there for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 198March 20, 2023 10:54 AM

R33 Mmmmm Shawn Penn was so gorge.

by Anonymousreply 199March 20, 2023 11:19 AM

Henry Winkler sat next to my elderly mother at a banquet and absolutely charmed her. She said he's very erudite and well read, but not pretentious. My mother adores you, Henry Winkler!

by Anonymousreply 200March 20, 2023 12:01 PM

Henry Winkler well read? He's dyslexic

by Anonymousreply 201March 20, 2023 12:03 PM

R201 Word from my mother. Maybe he listens to audiobooks, I never met him.

by Anonymousreply 202March 20, 2023 12:15 PM

I know of someone else's close encounter with Cate B. She filmed a scene at a restaurant Maury's Tiny Cove in Cheviot, Ohio, and the management fed her the menu. She adored the potato skins, and their oversize flown in from NYC dill pickles, served as an appetizer. She apparently left with several helpings. She had to negotiate a treacherous narrow staircase, and had assistants go before and behind her and joked about literally breaking a leg. Everyone LOVED her. She was very funny.

by Anonymousreply 203March 20, 2023 12:19 PM

Cate Blanchett ordered potato skins one time! 🤩

by Anonymousreply 204March 20, 2023 12:22 PM

But seriously, I don't know why it's so hilarious to me, but I love how pointless all of these stories are. I'm cracking up at this thread so much.

by Anonymousreply 205March 20, 2023 12:23 PM

Really OP? He was a boring celebrity? That’s shocking!

by Anonymousreply 206March 20, 2023 12:34 PM

R205 No doubt ur snatch is boring and empty since the Nixon admin.

by Anonymousreply 207March 20, 2023 12:36 PM

Valentine's Day 2020 I saw Johnny Marr in Soho. I smiled, but didn't chat to him as it was raining and he didn't have an umbrella.

by Anonymousreply 208March 20, 2023 12:40 PM

When I worked in a second hand record shop in Camden I once served Noel Gallagher. I can't remember what he bought, but he paid in cash.

by Anonymousreply 209March 20, 2023 12:42 PM

R181 Maybe she was just a Barry Manilow stalker?

by Anonymousreply 210March 20, 2023 2:06 PM

I crossed 6th avenue with Sally Field. She was very tiny, and wore a track suit. She was nice.

by Anonymousreply 211March 20, 2023 2:15 PM

R210.......this is my memory of what she looked like.

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by Anonymousreply 212March 20, 2023 4:03 PM

R285 in this thread hired Jack Dixon to fuck him, but Jack couldn't stay hard.

Jack may be celeb-adjacent only. But it sounds like a really boring encounter in any event.

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by Anonymousreply 213March 20, 2023 4:08 PM

[quote] Henry Winkler sat next to my elderly mother at a banquet and absolutely charmed her. She said he's very erudite and well read, but not pretentious. My mother adores you, Henry Winkler!

Henry Winkler has an MFA from Yale.

by Anonymousreply 214March 20, 2023 6:13 PM

Ok. But it's in acting one presumes.

by Anonymousreply 215March 20, 2023 6:23 PM

I once read a series of threads about meeting Cate Blanchett on public transit.

by Anonymousreply 216March 20, 2023 6:28 PM

R196 Sorry, I was kidding about that. I am actually a huge fan and would never do anything so disrespectful -- I'd just think about it!

I'm flattered, though, that my little fib inspired a new thread. Neat!

by Anonymousreply 217March 20, 2023 7:03 PM

In the late 80's saw Martin Sheen in the Plaza Hotel. I was with a friend, soaking wet, and it was raining cats and dogs. He smiled and said hello in an avuncular, non-threatening way. He was still pretty cute at this stage, but no longer the hottie of Badlands or even Apocalypse Now.

by Anonymousreply 218March 20, 2023 9:53 PM

^ I think he was buying cigarettes but could be mistaken.

by Anonymousreply 219March 20, 2023 9:54 PM

I waited on James Coburn in the 90's and although an old guy he was still fit and handsome. He was also polite and his wife/gf/date was gorgeous and age-appropriate (within 20 years.)

by Anonymousreply 220March 20, 2023 9:59 PM

When I was at the Millennium Hotel in Times Square, I shared an elevator up to my floor with Jai Rodriguez, one of the hosts of the original 'Queer Eye'. He was my favorite of all the hosts.

In person, he was very short and slim, but cute. A 'pocket gay' in every sense of the word. I said hello and he responded kindly, and I could tell he wasn't interested in chit-chat.

by Anonymousreply 221March 20, 2023 10:05 PM

When I worked p/t for Macy's in the early 90's, we let Roseanne Barr and her kids come in after we closed to shop. She was more attractive in person and looked like any other UMC soccer mom. She was sedate and not "on."

by Anonymousreply 222March 20, 2023 10:21 PM

Hugh Jackman lived blocks away from me in the West Village. He was known to be very cordial to neighbors. Would see him and his wife often walking dogs and had several pleasant encounters. Now he's moved a bit north, probably being agreeable there as well.

by Anonymousreply 223March 20, 2023 10:23 PM

I took a crap in the same restroom as Jean Dixon in June 1980. She was whispering to herself. I tried hard to make out what she was saying. After a couple of minutes I could hear her saying “I’ve got to get the fuck out of this toilet. That bitch must have pinched off a 20 pounder. Goddamn it smells ungodly!

by Anonymousreply 224March 20, 2023 10:29 PM

[quote] Years ago, Joseph Cotton

It's Cotten, dearie.

by Anonymousreply 225March 20, 2023 10:29 PM

I've written about this before, but during one stay, I used to share the hot tub at the Sunset Marquis in WeHo most mornings with Roy Scheider and what seemed like the only copy of the NY Times at the hotel.

We never said much, just pleasantries and stuff like, "Are you done with the financial section?"

by Anonymousreply 226March 20, 2023 10:29 PM

One time I waited on Grassle. I forgot about it for 30 yrs until a few minutes ago.

by Anonymousreply 227March 20, 2023 10:30 PM

One of my favorite celeb encounters—I hope it's true—happened on a shuttle flight to DC (no seat assignments) when a guy started to sit next to Diane Sawyer. As soon as she saw him approaching, she "accidentally" dumped her coffee on the seat to force him to move along.

by Anonymousreply 228March 20, 2023 10:42 PM

R227 Chuck Grassley? The senator?

by Anonymousreply 229March 21, 2023 10:48 AM

R62 The thought that Richard Branson would be socially incurious on a ski lift.

by Anonymousreply 230March 21, 2023 10:50 AM

Karen Grassle? Little House on the Prarie?

by Anonymousreply 231March 21, 2023 12:25 PM

Please, just Grassle. We all know her.

by Anonymousreply 232March 21, 2023 12:30 PM

About seven years ago I saw one of the Keno brothers (the antiques/Antiques Roadshow fellows) in the Atlanta airport. I am sorry I cannot tell you which one, because I can't tell Leigh and Leslie apart. I was walking in the middle of the concourse toward my connecting gate. He was standing up in a little hotdog place that used to be there, eating a hotdog. Links Grill? I remember thinking it was odd to see someone who seems to be so tasteful having a humble hotdog. I had actually had a hotdog in the same place about a year earlier when I was desperate for a bite to eat and I was in a hurry.

by Anonymousreply 233March 21, 2023 12:48 PM

R219 OMFG that anecdote practically makes you a god. You go, gurl.

by Anonymousreply 234March 21, 2023 1:36 PM

In a Manhattan Woolworth’s with my mother decades ago, she spotted actor Jack Warden and immediately went up to him to say she liked his acting. He said a quick thank you and then “Do you know where the shower curtains are?”

I miss my mother (and also Woolworth’s)

by Anonymousreply 235March 21, 2023 2:14 PM

R223, we had a temporary doorman who liked to brag that he had worked in the building downtown where Jackman and his family lived. He said they were very nice and cordial, tipped well, no dirt. It was also where La Kidman and Keith Urban’s wig lived. He said Keith was very nice and Kidman was “polite”. Try as I might, I couldn’t get anything more out of him about the shade of lavender of those marriages. But he genuinely seemed to have a very good opinion of Jackman.

by Anonymousreply 236March 21, 2023 2:27 PM

Hugh Jackman is one of the few huge celebrities you never hear a bad word about. I remember reading after he finished in”The Boy From Oz” someone connected with the show said every man, woman and dog in the production fell in love with him.

by Anonymousreply 237March 21, 2023 2:32 PM

I’ve seen many celebs on the streets of Manhattan, behaving as totally normal people. One time I smiled and nodded at Frances McDormand because I saw her and she looked vaguely familiar, maybe some frau I used to work with on a committee or something. She responded in kind and only later did I place the face.

Tony Bennett on W 57th, very graciously chatting with a gushing old lady who approached for an autograph. He seemed genuinely happy to stop and make her happy. Class act.

by Anonymousreply 238March 21, 2023 2:33 PM

I saw Robert Osborne close by the Time Warner Center a couple of times. Once was during the summertime and he was casually dressed in shorts. It was funny to see him wearing something so informal; was so used to seeing him in formal suits on TCM.

by Anonymousreply 239March 21, 2023 2:38 PM

Matthew McConaughey once called me a "fucking dolt" outside the Chateau Marmont. It was late and he and three friends were outside the back door (which required a separate key) and too lazy (or too stoned) to go the front entrance. I didn't recognize him and wasn't about to let three strangers onto the hotel grounds. Once he insulted me, I realized who he was and opened the gate. Later, I saw MM and one of his pals urinating outside their bungalow. Classy.

Note: Excuse the humblebrag. I was lucky enough to stay in great hotels through my former job. Now it's Days Inn for me.

by Anonymousreply 240March 21, 2023 2:55 PM

Days Inn? You provincial sad cooze.

by Anonymousreply 241March 21, 2023 3:25 PM

R229 Karen Grassle, fool!

by Anonymousreply 242March 21, 2023 3:29 PM

Robert Redford next to me at a urinal off-Broadway; surprisingly short, and, no, I didn't see dick.

by Anonymousreply 243March 21, 2023 3:29 PM

R231 Grassle! Grassle!


by Anonymousreply 244March 21, 2023 3:30 PM

Ethan Hawke at coffee house on sunset in WeHo . Very quiet and gave off a kind energy

by Anonymousreply 245March 21, 2023 3:35 PM

How many faces has Matthew Mconnaughey gone through? To me he looks quite different than he did in the past.

by Anonymousreply 246March 21, 2023 3:37 PM

I was behind Rachel McAdams at a Gelsons in Studio City several years ago. She smiled at me and was quite demure . Around 5’4

by Anonymousreply 247March 21, 2023 3:41 PM

Two from London.

Joan Rivers walked past as we were having drinks at the Ritz.

I saw Carson from Downton in a shop on Cecil Court. He was giving off please don't vibe and it was easy to because it was just Carson from Downton.

by Anonymousreply 248March 21, 2023 3:43 PM

R168, are you sure it wasn't Matt Damon?

by Anonymousreply 249March 21, 2023 3:44 PM

R204, they have a dining car on Sydney public transit? Wow.

by Anonymousreply 250March 21, 2023 3:44 PM

Decades ago (obviously), I sat next to Gwen Verdon, flying from London to NYC. She took her shoes off right away and tucked her legs under her butt, in a sort of kneeling manner, shifting occasionally to the other side. She seemed quite elderly and yet quite athletic. We didn't say a word to one another, but she was charming and warm when she spoke to the FAs.

by Anonymousreply 251March 21, 2023 3:49 PM

I saw Stevie Wonder in LA. He didn't see me.

by Anonymousreply 252March 21, 2023 3:52 PM

I met Craig T Nelson in Hancock Park . He was so sweet and humble . Good looking too

by Anonymousreply 253March 21, 2023 4:01 PM

I seem to recognize people on the M104. Once it was raining and an older woman got on - soaking wet - and she took off her hat and it was Bret Somers. She was impressed I recognized her. The other one was Marian Seldes, who boarded on Broadway somewhere in the 60s - she was dressed head to toe in an acid wash ensemble.

by Anonymousreply 254March 21, 2023 4:06 PM

R224 is LOL

by Anonymousreply 255March 21, 2023 5:22 PM

At a Pink Floyd concert in the 80s I sat behind Toni Tennille. Some smart ass sitting in front of her turns around just before the concert started and says “what are YOU doing here”? Toni clapped back “Ah turn around, bitch”.

by Anonymousreply 256March 21, 2023 6:10 PM

Toni Tenille sang backup on The Wall, so it's not weird that she would have been at a concert of theirs soon after (I'm explaining it to the dolt who challenged her just as if he could somehow hear me).

by Anonymousreply 257March 21, 2023 6:30 PM

[quote] I saw Carson from Downton in a shop on Cecil Court. He was giving off please don't vibe and it was easy to because it was just Carson from Downton.

Sounds just like his character, haughty and he only works in a shop.

by Anonymousreply 258March 21, 2023 6:39 PM

Peed next to Denzel @ Kiss of the Spider Woman way back. I did not look.

by Anonymousreply 259March 21, 2023 7:04 PM

I saw Martin Short on an escalator once.

by Anonymousreply 260March 21, 2023 7:05 PM

I blew Richard Speck.

by Anonymousreply 261March 21, 2023 9:59 PM

Last month online, I sold a vinyl copy of The Odd Couple Sings to Tony Randall's widow.

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by Anonymousreply 262March 21, 2023 11:47 PM

R261, that was boring?

by Anonymousreply 263March 22, 2023 12:09 AM

Maurgaux Hemingway was really sweet to everyone in line while waiting for a cab (pre-Uber).

by Anonymousreply 264March 22, 2023 12:22 AM

I told Lily Tomlin that I saw "Lily on Her Way to Broadway" and she kissed me on the cheek.

by Anonymousreply 265March 22, 2023 12:25 AM

I saw Philip Glass in a restaurant.

by Anonymousreply 266March 22, 2023 4:35 AM

Was he discordant, R266?

by Anonymousreply 267March 22, 2023 4:38 AM

R267 He was positively pulsating.

by Anonymousreply 268March 22, 2023 4:50 AM

I saw the blonde Vikki from One Life To Live at Tavern on The Green in July 1988, conspiring with Aggie Nixon to remove me from the group picture.

by Anonymousreply 269March 22, 2023 8:30 AM

R113 Haha! I love Jamie Lee Curtis for that! Direct, correct, but not overly dramatic or rude. She is so good at being a star. Glad she has an Oscar. If you see a celebrity, but don't have any specific reason to interact, leave them be. Nothing worse than when people won't let you discreetly sleep, eat, or go to the bathroom in peace.

by Anonymousreply 270March 22, 2023 9:21 AM

Met a lot of famous people, irl. All of them were either super nice, perfectly normal, or sort of blank and boring until the camera was on. Never had a star be mean to me. Then again, I have star power, so they like me.

by Anonymousreply 271March 22, 2023 9:26 AM

R252 Stevia Wonder bread is known to be a homosexualist. I wonder how he gets sex.

by Anonymousreply 272March 22, 2023 10:38 AM

Why tell people you waited on a celeb at a restaurant? It seems so pointless. Like everyone else, I'm sure they want to dine or get their coffee in peace without you gawking at them or pretending they don't exist (while they can feel you desperately wanting them to notice you). It's weird.

by Anonymousreply 273March 22, 2023 11:07 AM

R273 Because their cunts and brains are empty. Ooooooh I waited on a dead celebrity 50 years ago! I am a celebrity now.

by Anonymousreply 274March 22, 2023 11:12 AM

Thread is "Boring Celeb Encounters." This is the time and the place for that.

by Anonymousreply 275March 22, 2023 11:13 AM

I waited on Matthew McConaughey and table of other actors that I'm assuming are also notable (I vaguely recognized some of them.) I was busy and barely remember them. They were talking and laughing a lot. He left a big tip.

by Anonymousreply 276March 22, 2023 11:15 AM

R273 Are you able to decipher the title and point of this thread?

by Anonymousreply 277March 22, 2023 11:21 AM

R277 It's funny that they seem to simultaneously understand the point of the thread just fine, and yet it is also whooshing over their head at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 278March 22, 2023 11:27 AM

[quote] She said Cate was reading the entire time and didnt look bothered when she asked her questions.

Who the fuck keeps pestering a stranger with silly questions when they're trying to read? For Christ's sake, your friend sounds like an asshole. Cate should have gone all Alec Baldwin on them.

by Anonymousreply 279March 22, 2023 11:47 AM

I saw Jon Stewart on a street corner in New York about 20 years.

We were all waiting for the light to cross.

Jon was talking to a friend.

by Anonymousreply 280March 22, 2023 11:59 AM

I saw Alfred Hitchcock on an escalator in LA. It was like seeing a mythical creature.

by Anonymousreply 281March 22, 2023 12:07 PM

Was once travelling by train through France from Paris to Nice as I remember (1st class) and next to my seat accross the coulor was sitting an abandoned suitcase. As the journey progressed and no one was claiming it, my fellow passengers and I started being frantic. Finally, a woman emerged from the bar wagon and casually opened the suitcase. Who was it, but Cate Blanchett. She seemed unmindful of the stir she had caused and someone angrily asked " so it was yours ?" and she seemed a little startled. I couldn't help myself and almost shouted "you have some nerve lady" to which she snapped back "what's your problem ? did you need to be so rude ?" and I said something to the effect of " it could have been a bomb", to which she replied haughtily " I don't live in a world where there a threat every minute", and all I could find was "well, you're lucky".She grabbed her suitcase and stormed off the wagon.

by Anonymousreply 282March 22, 2023 12:13 PM

Was Cate taking the long way to Australia?

by Anonymousreply 283March 22, 2023 12:16 PM

R283 she was probably on her way to Cannes

by Anonymousreply 284March 22, 2023 12:20 PM

Cate really does enjoy her train travel.

by Anonymousreply 285March 22, 2023 12:20 PM

“You have some nerve lady”? Who are you, R282 - Bugsy Siegel?

by Anonymousreply 286March 22, 2023 12:23 PM

R286 It is funny when these mousy fraus try and be all threatening. The only thing frightening is their musty claptrap betwixt their hairy loins.

by Anonymousreply 287March 22, 2023 12:24 PM

I encountered Cate Blanchett on the train to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was dressed as a Nazi officer.

by Anonymousreply 288March 22, 2023 12:25 PM

^ We told y'all she was a white devil!

by Anonymousreply 289March 22, 2023 12:27 PM

Cate Blanchett rode me for hours.

by Anonymousreply 290March 22, 2023 12:27 PM
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