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Donald O'Connor - In 1982, I was living in San Fransisco. For my 12th birthday, I got two tickets to go see a revival production of "Showboat", starring Donald O'Connor as Captain Andy. I was thrilled beyond measure, having seen the movie "Singin' In The Rain" more times than I can count and being a performer myself. My mother and I went to a performance, and she noticed that the stage door opened out to the street when we approached the theatre. I guess she made a mental note of it because she insisted on hanging out by the door after the show. It wasn't too long until Mr. O'Connor came out. We were in a small group of adoring fans and we all applauded when he appeared, but I was the youngest. My mother got a chance to get his attention, and told him that she remembered loving him from the Francis the Talking Mule days, and I enthusiastically piped up to tell him that I thought his performance as Cosmo was one of the greatest gifts to film and that "Singing In The Rain" was my absolute favorite movie. He began smiling from ear to ear and said, "Young lady, you have just made my day. And from one so young...I'd like to shake your hand. That's just wonderful." As we shook hands, I answered, "You've made my birthday!" He got into a limo and I tried to avoid washing that hand for as long as possible.
- Posted: May 2, 2006

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