My name became the subject of news stories. Never a good thing for a journalist.
"I'm sorry? You said Erin Brockovich called you? It was her...personally?
It was 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday, and she talked like it was a matter of life and death, the source said.
This was true. But it wasn't until later that I came to terms with the fact that there was … Read more »
A cold and wet Australian sinks into the subway bench on her first day in New York City.
Two hours spent shivering, walking the streets of Soho with an umbrella that was rendered useless in the first 30 minutes.
The doors open, and in walks Mr. Big from _Sex and the City._ He proceeds to sit right next to her.
"Are you serious?" was all she could … Read more »
The name of the new work-study student was Steve Khan. He was from California. As we got to know him, he mentioned he played guitar. We all did. One day, he even brought a guitar in to jam on. He was pretty good. I was just learning.
Later, I found out he had released a couple of jazz albums and played on a Steely Dan album, _Gaucho._ Who knew? … Read more »
When "Jason":http://www.jasondohring.com/ talks to you, it's as if you're the only two people in the room.
I don't mean that in some fan-girlish way. I also don't mean to sound like I'm squealing, "Oh, my God, he totally just looked at me!" No, I don't think I've suddenly and magically become the only girl for him, that he's suddenly thought that I'm the hottest thing on the planet and … Read more »
I went to a screening of Edie Sedgwick in Outer and Inner Space and Lupe (1966) at a gallery one night. The weird thing was that I was quite torn about attending it, knowing Zach Galifianakis was performing at a nearby venue.
After the screening was over, I ran to Zach’s performance, slipped past security, and sneaked in. I have never sneaked into anything besides this and a charity … Read more »
I was six years old, and Tom T. Hall was playing the Dade County Youth Fair.
He saw me there, my father's pride and joy, dressed in cowgirl garb and singing aloud to the music: "I love little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, and rain...."
He called me up onto the stage to sing with him. I was horrified, and have had stage fright ever since.
Back in the early '80s, my husband at the time (ex now) was a program director for our local rock radio station. Bryan Adams was not only coming to town for a concert but was also doing a meet-and-greet by taking one of our tour boats on Lake Superior. It was our job to be his cruise escorts for the evening.
I, of course, dressed for success, taking great … Read more »
I was on the way home from watching _Spring Awakening_ during my freshman year at New York University. I was waiting for the N Train. At the time, a lot of construction was being done, and trains were constantly full and consistently few and far between (not that it's so different now).
When the train finally made its appearance, it was unexpectedly pretty empty. My friends and I waltzed … Read more »
At "Night of 100 Stars":http://www.nightof100stars.com/ back in the 1980s, the star who most impressed me was a shy fellow in tuxedo and brown tweed hat, standing on the sidelines.
I had already shaken hands with Milton Berle, George Burns, Alexis Smith, and a long line of other celebrities. Wearing a tux myself, I suppose they had no idea who I was: a film producer, a bit player, a musician, … Read more »
When I caught wind that my husband's and my favorite live band--three-time Grammy Award-winning "Ozomatli":http://www.ozomatli.com/site.php--was coming near our expat home of Buenos Aires, Argentina, we were beyond excited. We rushed to buy tickets and eagerly waited for the day of the concert to come.
When the golden moment finally arrived, we settled into our randomly chosen hotel, the smiles glued to our faces. Wanting to shake a bit of … Read more »
This was the last chance. The "Mana":http://www.mana.com.mx/ tour was ending today. Tonight.
The Grog Shop. Small, dark, loud. The body heat from countless people pressing against me. Their egos seemed to be on another plane than mine. Long legs bound to stretch further. All standing still as I couldn't help myself. The music made me move.
Oily strands bobbing up and down. My own wind in my hair. … Read more »
My dad just told me this story while I visited with him on Thanksgiving: In 1966, when I was three years old, we lived in Aspen, Colorado. My parents took me to see an ice-skating demonstration, starring Peggy Fleming. We got there early, so we were right up front.
At some point, she stopped by my parents to talk and said, "What a cute little girl!" She asked if … Read more »
I was staying at a hotel in Miami while attending a conference. As I left my room, a man stepped off the elevator. He was smoking a cigarette, so I smiled at him. (My family were tobacco growers for many years.)
After putting out his cigarette, he returned my smile and said, "Have a great day, sweetheart." I thought perhaps I had met him earlier at the conference, since … Read more »
While attending college at USC, I worked at the Starbucks in West Hollywood described as the gayest that Santa Monica Blvd. has to offer.
I had been watching Janeane Garafolo order lattes for about a month before I had a chance to talk to her. Then one evening, I dressed in drag to attend an open-mic amateur night at a club on Robertson. Looking up from my cocktail as … Read more »
Hi. My name is Kathy. And I am an Ardent Admirer of "Matthew Macfadyen.":http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532193/
My AA admission may be different in substance from the more well-known AA introduction, but it describes a connection just as addicting. I bought the _Pride and Prejudice_ DVD in the spring of 2006. It wasn't until my fourth viewing, two months later, that I realized I was hooked.
I watched the movie over … Read more »
The room was jam-packed. Whispers of anticipation rose high in the air. Visions and life waited to enter across the silver screen of the director's cut. I stood to the side, trying to catch a glimpse of its light, and then I saw him.
"Dean Winters":http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935921/ was once like everyone else. He had taken an ordinary job and lived a regular life--but then opportunity found him. And he took … Read more »
During the filming of _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ on location in Fremont, California, I held a part-time job as a holiday display trimmer at Macy's. I was unpacking crystalware and building a gift-display rack. Boxes were everywhere on the floor, as it was early in the morning and we were still not expecting too many customers.
Earlier that morning, mall security had informed us that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be … Read more »
There I was at the mall bookstore, browsing, when standing right next to me was Dustin Hoffman!
I could not believe it. What should I do? He was engrossed in a book, so I decided not to disturb him. However, as he moved about the store, I must admit I stalked him.
Feeling guilty, I left him alone and walked away. I will always regret that I never … Read more »
I did PR for the movie _Steel Magnolias._
At the Ziegfeld Theatre premiere, the actresses had their names on paper taped to their individual seats. The director called the actresses to the front of the theater stage. Dolly Parton stood, and the 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with her name on it was stuck to her huge hair.
What to do? Rip it off and risk … Read more »
I attended a small private elementary school in Miami Beach. The year was 1983, and Billie Jean had been somebody's lover. The school looked like a church and smelled like a church, but it was a school. Nobody would have suspected it was a school--it was _that_ private. Perhaps this is why the Bee Gees sent six of their kids there? Celebrities love privacy.
My classmates often arrived in … Read more »
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