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  • George Burns - My other half and I are from England and I travel quite a bit to LA..... When spending a wonderful Thanksgiving at the Bel Air Hotel, at the end of dinner a gentlemanly old guy came up to our table. "Are you having a good time?" he asked, cigar in hand. "Wonderful, thank you," we replied. Looking at each other we both did a double take...we knew who it was....George Burns!...and it was Carol Channing who then came alongside saying "Come on, time to go, George"! I also met Jack Lemmon on Wilshire Blvd (hardly said a word but I still have his autograph!), the very sweet George Clooney in a lift (elevator) at another very nice LA hotel at the time of Princess Diana's death and picking up on my accent he said he was sorry to hear about our Princess.....and again way back just doing tourist stuff in the late '70s bumped into and chatted with David Janssen from the early "Fugitive" series. Although he at first asked me if I was Australian (he he) he was just one of the nicest of guys! I was so, so sad to hear when he passed away. Oh, and I was also in a New York lift with Stefanie Powers! What is it with me and lifts...ok, elevators, as you call them!!
    Mandy - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Dale Robertson - I had watched Dale Robertson on "Death Valley Days" as a youngster, and had heard that he lived a few miles down the road from me in central Oklahoma. Back in the early '90s, I was standing at a teller's window in a Yukon, OK bank on an early weekday morning - the only customer in the bank. Mr Robertson came in and took his place behind me. He said good morning (or maybe it was "Howdy"), and we made a little small talk about the weather and such while waiting for the teller to come back. It did seem a little strange - just a nice, country gentleman. He looked about like he did in the JJ Starbuck series, though he seemed like he'd lost a little weight.
    M - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Olivia Newton-John - I was just leaving work and getting ready to go to a friend's birthday party. I was lamenting the fact I had not gotten her a gift, when the phone rang. It was the deli owner next door, telling me that ONJ had just bought two sandwiches and was parked in front of my gallery. Seizing the opportunity to get the birthday card autographed, I politly tapped on her car window and explained my situation. She said, "I can't believe it!" and threw her sandwich at my chest. Her friend convinced her to just be nice and sign it. She grabbed the card from me and signed it and dropped it on the ground. I stuffed it into the envelope and was off to the party with a big surprise. When my friend opened the card she said, "It's signed Elvis Presley. He's dead!"
    M.S. Carmel, CA - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Richard Benjamin - In 1968, at the age of 13, my parents took my sisters and me to see the film "Funny Girl" in Manhattan at one of the older Art Deco theaters. This was a real treat compared to the less opulent theaters on Long Island, where we lived. After the movie, I had to use the men's room. While using the facilities, I kept getting glances from the man standing next to me. When I glanced back, I saw that the man was Richard Benjamin. He struck up a conversation with me about the film we had just seen. He was a gentleman and talked to me as though I was his contemporary, not a sheltered 13-year-old from Long Island. We left the men's room together and waiting outside was Richard Benjamin's wife, Paula Prentiss. He quickly introduced her and they went off into the night. This was my first encounter with a "star" (I have had many since then as I worked in television for several years in the '80s. But this encounter 38 years ago stands out.
    Jeff K - Long Island, NY - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Tony Curtis - When working for the airlines as a purser, on a flight from Honolulu to L.A., I was told prior to boarding that Tony Curtis was in first class. Coincidentally, my mother was also onboard, flying in coach. Up until just before the door closed, the seat next to Mr. Curtis was unoccupied. (I'm sure you know what I was thinking here!). Alas, a gentleman came lumbering up the jetway and sure enough he was that final 1st class passenger. After we were airborne, I spoke to Mr. Curtis and said "I would normally never ask this, but my mother is in coach and it would mean the world to her if she could come up and meet you." Although I was anticipating a negative response, he was more than gracious and said, "By all means." When my mother met Tony, she was like a star-gazing teen all over again, asking questions about his life and career, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemon, etc. He simply went out of his way with politeness. That meant the world to her and I will never forget the look on her face. It was priceless.
    Jeff H - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Peter Jennings - While stationed in Korea in 1989, I was with a small group of GIs on our way to tour the Demilitarized Zone. We had stopped at a small mall along the way. While standing in the parking lot, 2 cars pulled up wih "ABC News" signs on the side. Several people stepped out, including Peter Jennings, who was there to interview a South Korean general. One of the guys yelled, "Mr. Jennings can we take your picture?" He said "Why don't we get a group shot?" He gathered us around him and posed for several pictures. He shook each of our hands and asked us a little about ourselves. The encounter lasted 3 or 4 wonderful minutes, but then his crew emerged from the mall with the general. Mr. Jennings thanked us for our service to our country and apologized for having to leave so soon. We watched them drive away as he waved goodbye to us. I still have (and treasure) those pictures we took with him that day. What a terrific guy!
    - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Jim Nabors - While living in Honolulu in 1984, I attended my wife's office Christmas party in a downtown hotel. During the evening, our friend Jay heard that Jim Nabors was in a small club in the hotel. He dragged my wife and I down there and, sure enough, Jim Nabors was in the audience. Just seeing him was enough for me, but not for Jay. He dragged us up to his table to get an autograph. Mr. Nabors was very polite and signed autographs for all of us. We still have it in a scrapbook. He wrote "Wayne and Anna, Much Aloha, Jim Nabors". I told him I loved his work. He smiled and said Thank You. What a class act!
    - Posted: September 4, 2006

  • Jimmy Stewart - While in the Air Force, I was stationed at MacDill AFB. In 1953 or 1954 they were filming some scenes for the movie "Strategic Air Command" on the base. I was buying some articles at the PX and overheard somebody behind me say "That's Jimmy Stewart." I looked up and there he was standing just on the other side of the table from me. Never got his autograph. Some of the other actors in the movie like Frank Lovejoy and Barry Sullivan ,who played officers, were asked to remove their hats when they walked on the flight line. The airmen were saluting them, not knowing if they were actors or regular Air Force officers.
    W.J.R. - Posted: September 4, 2006

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