So close, so vulnerable, so strong.
My boss, his wife, my ex, and I were in LA a couple of days early for a bank conference. We rode around the Hollywood Hills getting looks at interesting homes, some occupied by celebrities. As we went around a curve, Russ' wife, Margie, noticed a man in a suit and a loosened tie rolling his garbage cans down to the end of his driveway. When she … Read more »
Studying in London in 2012, I saw more than 20 theatre productions. After the tickets were bought for the West End production of Uncle Vanya, by Anton Chekov, playing at the Vaudeville Theatre, my friend Lala informed me that we were going to meet Samuel West, one of the actors in the show. A theatre professor from her home institution had previously worked with him and asked him if he … Read more »
Yes, another Jesse James spotting in downtown Austin. I realize what you are saying, "Jesse James, big deal, woohooo, Mr. Tattoo'd Attitude and debatably America's most hated male (as a result of his Sandra Bullock issues). There he was in flesh and ink, the modern day outlaw, Jesse James. Pressed dickies, work shirt, hat pulled down on top of his slicked back hair and tattoos for skin. … Read more »
My boyfriend and I were seeing the Broadway show "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". During intermission, we discovered that my long-time celebrity crush and acting inspiration, Michael Emerson, was in the audience. I was frantic to find him. During curtain call, Jordan and I ran to the lobby to find him, and with amazing luck, we spotted him. When I first approached him, I found myself blabbering on and on … Read more »
“Because when you spill it, it doesn't smell like piss when it dries."
That's why he's buying expensive imported beer instead of some cheap domestic. He wants to explain. He cracks open two bottles and hands me one. His cat eyes are deep black, with huge round pupils. Who knows what he’s swallowed. His girlfriend massages bleach into the sheared hair on either side of his tall lacquered mohawk. It’s … Read more »
I was walking down a local Mall, and walking in the opposite direction was a man with a pram. I thought that I recognized his face...then it clicked he was Richard Marchenko, the former Navy Seal and author of many novels. I whipped around and approached him, asking if he was Marchenko.
"That's what they tell me." He drolly replied.
I told him of my Magazine articles, and asked how … Read more »
I was on the 7 PM American Airlines flight from JFK to LAX on Valentine's Day 1996. I was in the front aisle row of Business Class and had a clear view of First Class where Alec Baldwin was traveling with his wife Kim Basinger, their nanny and 3 1/2 month old baby Ireland. Kim seemed to be exhausted - she was curled up with a long … Read more »
As I entered my favorite little country store, I could tell that something unusual was going on. Two men in suits were standing on either side of the door and a classy luxury car was parked out front. The owner of the store looked at me and pointed down the center aisle. Phil was smiling, so I let my curiosity lead me in the direction he … Read more »
Eddie Vedder's own leg, only fake.
My teen-aged daughter and I were spending a few days in NYC some years ago. One very cool, very rainy afternoon we braved the conditions and went walking in midtown armed with umbrellas and tightly fastened coats.
There were few pedestrians on the sidewalks, but in the block ahead I noticed a woman walking toward us. She was tall and slender. She had no umbrella and, as she got … Read more »
In 1973 on a ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, sat beside the Beach Boys in the dining room. Two fifteen year old girls - stoned. We were talking about the Beach Boys concert we were on our way to see - and the fact that we didn't have tickets yet. They started flirting with us, teasing us about the concert and we didn't recognize them. To be … Read more »
I was about 23, living in LA, when my best friend came to visit. We were eating in Westwood, when we see a black SUV pull up right in front of the restaurant. Jack Black emerges, along with that blond guy who is in his band (and has been in movies with him). They both looked exactly the same as they do on-screen, rockin' their little beer bellies... My best … Read more »
My fandom for Bill Murray goes deep. Unabashedly deep.
So, you can imagine my surreal thrill when, working a catering gig at a house with a backyard that looks onto the tee box of number 14 at Pebble Beach, I saw D.A. Points and Bill Murray’s party approaching. I’d just delivered a vodka cran to George Lopez on 14’s fairway, and Lopez had kissed me, told me … Read more »
I was working a banquet as a server. The event was a fundraiser for a human rights organization. I wanted to listen but was shooed out by our manager. No workers were to stay in the banquet hall during the speeches. I snuck in the back service door and crouched down behind a buffet table covered in the standard table linens. For a while I listened, empowered by the speeches … Read more »
I found Joyce McKinney in Washington Square Park with one of her famous cloned Rottweilers. She sat in an electric wheelchair and was dressed in a fringed neon pink suit jacket with a matching skirt that hung loose over her knees. Her hair was bright yellow and damaged. It was eleven at night, a Tuesday in October.
I am a huge Errol Morris fan. Three of my friends and … Read more »
When I was a teenager back in the 1960's, I would take the bus east to Beverly Hills so that I could study at the public library there. I found more resources at this more affluent library than the one closer to my home. One Saturday, when I had finished studying, I was walking back to the bus stop for my trip home. Rather than my usual route, I chose … Read more »
We went to see Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, starring David Duchovny. We lived nearby and, as avid Californication fans, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Duchovny on stage.
Afterwards, we filed outside into the brisk evening air where Duchovny fans hovered nearby with cameras, excitedly awaiting his exit. The temptation to join them flickered through my mind before I dismissed it.
“I … Read more »
Last summer, I saw a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz. It was at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, hosted by John Waters. He was the perfect host for this movie.
After it was over, he was greeting fans and signing books. I waited in line for about 40 minutes to meet him. This was a bucket list item for … Read more »
I saw him at the grocery store. It was the day after President Obama's inauguration and spirits were high and hopeful in the progressive little college town where he and I live. Though the day meant a lot to many people, for him, I imagine it carried a more bitter than sweet significance. He was coiffed - his hair was touseled, his jeans were pressed. He looked good, maybe … Read more »
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