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  • Joey Bishop - We were in Vegas in 1970. While coming down in the elevator we were enjoying the man with us. I kept thinking I knew him but couldn't put a name to the face. He was telling jokes and kept us laughting for several minutes. When the doors opened, a hotel manager came running up and told the gentlemen, Mr. Bishop, your table is waiting for you. We just didn't recognize him because he wasn't wearing his toupee.
    timetravel - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Jo Stafford - In 1950 I was on a pass to L.A. from boot camp in San Diego and wound up at the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica. Well, guess who was playing, to my delight and surprise...Jo Stafford. Wow, what a gal and what a velvet voice. I was already in love with her. After the performance she took a minute to chat with me and signed a napkin! That was 56 years ago and I still have the napkin.
    Chic Anderson - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Eddie Albert - When I was in college in the early '80s, a friend and I went to New York City from Washington, DC for an appointment that, when we arrived, had been canceled. Not to waste the day, we went to see the just-released John Waters movie "Polyester" in Times Square, where we got cards to scratch so the viewer could experience Odorama. Awaiting the flight home that night, at the same gate was Mr. Eddie Albert, looking dashing as always. I walked up to him and said hello, and he gave a friendly smile and handshake. I asked him for an autograph, and the only thing I had in my pocket was the Odorama card. He looked at me oddly, then signed it for me. What a great guy!
    Rob L - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Dolly Parton - In 1974 three of us from Ireland visited back stage at the'Grand Ole Opry', we met the late greats Marty Robbins, Roy Acuff and a host of other country stars, including Dolly Parton. She was very gracious and we had our picture taken with her. Fast forward to 2003. Dolly was giving a concert in Ireland and the same three managed to get back stage before the concert. One of my friends on being introduced said 'I met you in 1974' and then I produced the photo of the meeting in 1974. Dolly said " Oh my God !! laughed and started showing it to her band members. Of course she looked the same in both pictures while we were older, white on top, heavier around the middle. She autographed the original photo and we had another picture taken with her. A lovely, kind and gracious lady.
    Dermot Duggan - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Paul Henreid - I was invited to a fundraiser party at a private home in Anaheim Hills, California. Many stars from "General Hospital" were there and a handful of famous movie stars. I was eager to mingle and spot someone really famous to report home to my mom living in England. However, I was detained by an elderly gentleman who kept me talking for about an hour. Don't ask me what we talked about, but after we parted a young new star from GH... (whose name I can't recall, but he had a Scottish accent) came up to me and said "Do you know who you were talking to?" At the time I couldn't remember his name and the young actor smiled and clued me in as to who he was. I remembered the old classic movies and was charmed, even thrilled to think that Paul Henried had 'flirted' with me... a new mom in her mid twenties!
    Jules - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton - Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton and the 1972 Vikings - I was 10 years old and it was the summer of 1972 and my family was back in Mankato, MN visiting friends. We used to live there in the '60s. My dad and I went to the Vikings practice on the campus of Mankato State. When the practice was over, Bud Grant and Fran Tarkenton were walking out of the stadium, I jumped in front of them to get their autograph. Tarkenton said "Not now kid". My dad told me "That's OK. We'll see them later." We went over to the "Stadium Pizza" that was near the stadium. He took me to a door with stairs just inside, and as we walked in, my dad said to follow that waitress down the stairs, so I did. Almost the whole Vikings team was down there, and the first player I walked up to was Bill Brown and he took me to every table to get their autographs. One of the first was Fran Tarkenton's table. My dad was right, Fran was so cool he remembered me jumping out in front of him after his practice. I never saw Bud Grant again but that was OK, I was with "his" Vikings.
    Paul S. - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Tom Hanks - I happened to be in my company's skybox at an L.A. Dodgers game in the early 2000's. Between innings I headed for the men's room and upon entering heard a very familiar voice. It was Tom Hanks who was there with his young son. Definately not the place to shake hands but I complimented him on his work - especially his role in "Castaway" and he thanked me and said, "You're all right!" Very nice guy, as I had heard he was.
    Joel B. - Posted: October 10, 2006

  • Lillian Gish - In 1973, actress Lillian Gish was on a book tour in Cleveland, Ohio, autographing copies of her newly published pictorial volume, "Dorothy and Lillian Gish". My fiancĂ©e and I went to the signing and had the opportunity of talking at some length with her. I asked her if she and her fellow silent film actors were aware at the time of the impact movies would eventually have on the entire world. She said no, they did not. They were just actors who wanted to work. In fact, for a stage actor, she said, working in the flickers was a step backward in one's career. She added that she thought the great director D.W. Griffith knew and that he often told his actors so, but they didn't believe him. She graciously autographed the book, "To Hank, With every fond wish. In remembrance, Lillian Gish" What will my descendants think?
    Hank - Posted: October 10, 2006

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