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  • Sophia Loren - I was in an elevator on my way up to a dinner party at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, in th '70s, when the door opened, and in walked Sophia Loren. I had heard that she was in town promoting her new line of eyewear. I quickly, and politely, greeted her with 'Good evening, Mrs. Ponti'. Just as quickly, and just as politely, she acknowledged with a nod, and that famous smile. She exited before I arrived at my floor, and as she left, she spun a half-turn on the heel of her stiletto, looked at me, and said 'Good night'. I nodded in acknowledgement, and the doors shut. It was then that my knees went weak, and I gushed...'that was Sophia Loren, and she talked to me....to ME!!!' Several people applauded my performance, which brought a roar of laughter from others. I will never forget it!
    Gary Fradsham - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Robert De Niro - One afternoon in Brooklyn NY, my sisters and I were to meet at a resteraunt on Flatbush Avenue. We went inside and ordered our food and my sister says to me, turn around and look who is sitting down. It was Robert De Niro and Spike Lee. My sister put on more lipstick. She said they are leaving get Robert De Niro's attention. So as he was standing up I tugged on his coat. He looked down at me and I said, my sister wants to tell you something. He very graciously listened and shook all our hands. Very nice man. As for Spike Lee, not so nice.
    osiristre - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Charlton Heston - When I was in the Navy I always traveled in uniform. Once in Orlando airport I was having a beer waiting for a plane when a large good-looking man came in and sat at the bar. He asked me what the Navy was doing and I told him I was going to Chicago on leave. He replied that he had gone to school at Northwestern in Evanston (a nearby suburb) and that's when I realized he was Charleton Heston! (A Northwestern Drama school grad) He even bought me a beer. So Charleton Heston and I are old drinking buddies!
    - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Tommy Sands - I was in Fairmount, Indiana on Sept. 25, 1993 the annual James Dean Run, saw Tommy Sands there, we talked for some time, he said I was lucky to be from Indiana. He was a nice man.
    Terry - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Ken Curtis - Ken Curtis (Festus on "Gunsmoke") was special guest at the Lucas County Fair in Toledo, Ohio around 1967. After his show (in full Festus garb) a bunch of us kids snuck back to the trailers to sneak a peak at Mr. Curtis. We saw him outside his trailer and went up to him and started talking. He was very friendly and kind and was so glad to talk to all of us. He was as nice as his character was on "Gunsmoke".
    RL - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Red Skelton - While my father was serving in the Army in WWII he and a batch of buddies were sitting on a curb in LA spending time during a weekend pass. Red Skelton, who was already a big radio and movie star at that time, came walking by and they all recognized him. He sat down with them, chatted, and gave them all an autograph. My father carried that autograph in his wallet until he died in 1967. We always watched Red's TV show and any appearance he made on other shows. Time passed and I found myself working as a DJ in Evansville, Indiana a few years back in the '80s and was hired to entertain a Shriners group. Red Skelton was booked at a nearby showroom, the owner of which was a Shriner and who brought Red to the meeting where I was to perform. I showed Red the autograph that I now carried and told him the story. I'm not sure if he was acting, but he appeared to be wiping a big tear from his eye. What a great guy - a real pro!
    Bill Love - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Anna Nicole Smith - I remember working at Disneyland one summer, when Anna Nicole Smith came onto my attraction. Miss Smith and her entourage came in through the back passage way. I greeted her with a hello and she said hi with a great big smile and a how are you. She was heavy at that point in her life and had a hard time sliding through the narrow entrance way onto the ride . I didn't know who she was at first, but I thougth what a beautiful person. Later my manager told me who she was. I vividly remember her son Daniel because He was so cute. Its sad that they are both gone now.
    A.W. - Posted: June 16, 2007

  • Jay Leno - Back in the late '80s I was in the Minn. airport and saw Jay Leno standing next to me by an airport phone kiosk where I was on the phone with my secretary. I said: "Hey Jay! Either I can yell, "Hey everybody here's Jay Leno! Or you can talk to my secretary on the phone. How do you want to handle this?" Mr. Leno said "Give me that phone!" and he talked for about a minute with my secretary and then gave me his autograph for her on a napkin I supplied. He was very gracious and personable. To me, he deserves all the fame and fortune he gets.
    Ted P - Posted: June 16, 2007

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