Rick Nelson - I was in love with Rick Nelson from the time I was 3 years old, in 1963, watching "Ozzie & Harriet" on TV. I saw him 26 times in concert and still have a scarf with his sweat on it, and he leaned down to kiss me 5 times over the course of a few concerts at the Roxy in L.A. (I have pics to prove it!) My father took me to the Troubador when I was a young teen and walked me over to Ozzie, Harriett, David, June, the whole family and introduced me to them as Rick's biggest fan. They were all very, very nice and warm. I still believe Rick Nelson to be the best looking man that ever walked the face of the earth. I had tickets to a January concert in Orange County, CA when I learned as we all did, of his New Years Eve death. I have tons of pictures and lots of memories that won't fit on this space. He was the TRUE originator of country rock, his music was way ahead of its time, only fans of the past just wanted his old classics. For me, his writing reflected so much that meant a lot to me. I miss him still...=^^= - Donna Rose
Nancy Walker - When I was in New York in 1980 the movie "Can't Stop The Music" was being filmed and there was Nancy Walker across the street. I was too shy to go over and ask for her autograph since they were in the middle of filming the movie. But she is as short as she appears on television - 4'11", which is the height I am now!! - Jane
Barbara Stanwyck - I flew from the UK to attend the Lincoln Centre tribute to Barbara Stanwyck in April 1981. I thought that seeing her in the flesh would be enough, but when I managed to introduce myself and told her how far I had come to see her, she insisted that we have our photo taken together. That is my proudest moment and a treasured memory. What a Lady!! - Ray J
Gene Wilder (or not) - This is not an actual "I met a famous person" story, but it is funny just the same. Even if it doesn't get posted, maybe at least you (Webmaster) will get a good laugh out of it. Here it is:
I know a guy who looks just like Gene Wilder. So much so, that we call him that out of fun. He even acts like him. One time he was in a bar in South Carolina and everyone was calling him Gene Wilder, and buying him drinks. Not one to pass up free drinks, he never let on that he wasn't Gene Wilder. A little later on he walked into the bathroom, and was standing at the urinal, doing his business, when this guy next to him kept staring at him. Unfazed, he finished up, washed his hands, (all with this guy still gawking at him!) and went out to the bar for more free drinks. The next day "Gene" was driving his car and had the radio on. There was a talk show on, and people were supposed to call in and talk about any famous people that they had ever met. Wouldn't you know it, after a while, this guy calls in and says "Yeah, I was at a bar yesterday, and I took a leak next to Gene Wilder!" I think this is a great story, maybe only because I know the guy and can relate to it, but I hope you get a laugh out of it, too. - JD [Editor's note: It is an open question as to how many famous people sightings are, perhaps, not what they appear to be. As in this case.]
Bill Clinton - I had just moved to Arkansas in 1990 and was taking a self-guided tour of the state Capitol in Little Rock. As I was walking up to the Capitol building, a tall man with 4 or 5 in his entourage approached on foot and said loudly "Hello, sir." I said "Hi," and kept walking into the building. Once inside I asked the information lady who those people were and of course it was Gov. Clinton. I was probably the only guy in the state that didn't know who he was! - R.A.
Diana Ross - I saw Diana Ross for the first time in person at the Stop and Shop in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was a summer day around 1993. She was food shopping, as she lived in Greenwich at that time. I noticed her immediately, however without her makeup and nails done she really did not look like an entertainer! I was with my wife at the time and she also noticed her kind of plain appearance, but it was Diana. We actually got in line behind her and our food orders kind of got mixed up and we purchased by mistake her smoked salmon! I asked her how Michael (Jackson) was, as he was still popular at that time and she answered ,"He's fine." The next day I called a local radio station and told the story and they actually put me on the air to recount it again! I embellished a little to say we would trade the salmon for a glossy photo, but never got a response. - Eddie
Debbie Harry - In 1987 when I was living in Manhattan I passed Debbie Harry of Blondie on the street once, and as I passed her she happened to be pointing and saying to her companion "That's where I saw Joanne Woodward."
Steven Tyler - Waiting backstage after an Aerosmith concert in Lexington, Kentucky; Finally, Steven Tyler showed up. There were about 10 physically or mentally challenged people in wheelchairs in the center of the "meet and greet" room. Steven immediately went past all the other fans to talk and sign autographs for these dedicated fans. What a great person! You dont see much of that compassion anymore. - Charles B.
Marilyn Monroe - I was Bar Mitzvahed June 2, 1956. The day before, a Friday, I was practicing at the synagogue. After I finished, the only people in the room, the cantor and this beautiful blonde woman, wearing, if I recall, blue jeans and a man's white shirt, came over to me. I recall the woman saying something nice about my performance, speaking in a breathy voice. I recall thinking that this was some sort of goddess; one did not see this kind of woman in New Haven, Connecticut. I gave this no more thought until the next week, when "LIFE" magazine came out and there was a picture of the woman, my rabbi, and her new husband, Arthur Miller at their wedding. So that is how I met Marilyn Monroe! - D.B.
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