Diva Zappa Meets Fiona Apple

The interesting thing to me wasn’t that I saw Fiona Apple, but rather seeing Diva excited to see a celebrity—in my eyes, Diva herself was a celebrity.

When I was 18, I had a fortunate encounter with the Zappa family. Before I knew it, I was hanging out with Diva, who was the youngest and the same age as I was. We would hang out every day—because we got along so well—and it wasn’t uncommon for people to stop her in the middle of a purchase and ask her if she was related the late Frank Zappa.

As many of you know, if you are out and about in L.A. or Beverly Hills or Studio City enough, you run into or see various celebrities around town.

I still won’t forget the time Diva and I were in a large antiques mall in Studio City. We were browsing around, and Diva came rushing over and whispered, “Guess who’s behind me!” I went to look, only she stopped me, urging me not to look right away.

I had no clue, so she finally told me: Fiona Apple.

This was back when Fiona was still in the media with her first album. When I finally did get a look at her, I found that I wouldn’t have recognized her anyhow, as she didn’t have her usual makeup on.

The interesting thing to me wasn’t that I saw Fiona Apple, but rather seeing Diva excited to see a celebrity—in my eyes, Diva herself was a celebrity. She and her siblings were featured in magazines, had famous friends, were acknowledged by people in public—things other people would be in awe about.

It put things into perspective for me at a fairly young age—that basically, we’re all human. People have different lives and different realities, but now when I meet a famous or important individual, I’m just happy to meet another person.

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