It's that time again. Scalzi's Weekend Assignment time.This week he asks us to Recount our most memorable encounter with celebrity and for extra credit to reveal our first celebrity crush.
My most memorable encounter was with Bob Hope, but I did an entry a while back regarding that. I also did one for Thaao Phenghlis who I ran into at the airport. As such, I thought I would do a collage of a few of the celebrities that I have encountered and recount my most embarassing celebrity encounter. Except for David Robinson, I have ran into all of these people in Los Angeles. I saw David Robinson when I lived in San Antonio. He came into the restaurant that I worked at.
I happen to live and work in an area that has a high celebrity populus. As such, I've run into them in some very typical places.
Robert Guillaume - He was standing in line at The Department of Motor Vehicles along with the rest of us. This occurred when I first moved here before he had his stroke. There's another celebrity, one of the old-timers that I saw there also on another occasion, but I can't for the life of me remember his name.
George Wendt - I saw him at the grocery store. It took a second for me to realize who he was and when it came to me it took all my strength to not blurt out "Norm!"
Roddy McDowall - Some people might not remember him, but I recognized him instantly when I passed him coming out of the drugstore. Unfortunately, I believe he has since passed away. One of things he is well known for is his role in "Planet of the Apes," but he's one of those old-timers who worked since he was a child. I believe he was in "Lassie" too.
Adam Arkin - I saw him at a local office supply store.
Daryl Hannah - She walked past me when I was at the Santa Monica pier. I think she's probably the only one I saw where it was a work related setting because she was down there on a shoot.
Haley Joel Osmont - He was in the lobby of my building where I used to work. I guess his may have been work related. Fox had offices there for the show "The Family Guy." Ran into the creator of that show in the elevator from time to time. I figured Haley was there to do voice over or something.
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green - I saw them at a local restaurant that is mentioned from time to time in a journal by the Sublime Guy since it happens to be one of the two that he works at. Obviously, this was when they were still married.
Ray Liotta - I saw him at a baseball game here. His eyes are amazing. They are a crystal blue color. Yums!
Anthony Geary - He belongs to the same gym as me. Although, I rarely go to that location because parking is such a challenge.
I've seen several of the actors from the daytime soap, "The Young and the Restless." I live close to one of CBS's studios so they probably tape there.
Peter Bergman - I saw him at a near-by gas station. He was buying milk. And, boy his onscreen look is nothing compared to real life. He is such a hottie in real life, although not so bad to look at onscreen either.
Kristoff St. John - Although, from the same soap, I saw him at a restaurant about 20 miles from here, but 20 miles in Los Angeles is nothing. It's still local.
Jess Walton - She's one of the few that I have talked to. I don't usually say anything to celebrities when I see them. I figure they are just people and want to live their lives as normally as possible. I guess that's why I saw her shopping at a local home store.
My last roommate is an actor. I say actor instead of actress because she taught me that it's considered an insult to distinguish them based on gender. She hasn't really done anything too much lately and has since moved to Seattle but several of the actors that I have met were because of her. These two were actually in our house on different occasions:
Harold Sylvester - You might remember him from the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" He was in a couple of scenes with Richard Gere where they were going through the barracks inspection.
Kathryn Joosten - She played the secretary for Martin Sheen on the "West Wing". She was killed off at the end of one of the seasons. I don't watch the show but she's one of those people who show up everywhere yet not many will recognize her name.
Kenny Blank - He played on the show "The Parenthood" and falls into the most embarassing celebrity encounter for me. When I worked at my last job, we were doing a business transaction with him. I went to his home to have some papers signed. When I arrived, his mother let me in. She requested that I take off my shoes, as they didn't wear them in the house. I didn't have hose on that day, my nails were in desparate need of a manicure, and I just hate my feet all around. I felt very self-conscious. That alone is bad enough but she had to go and compliment me on my nailpolish color. It's called something like Cherry Red, or something. It's a great color, more blue-based then orange-based, and my favorite, but did she have to notice! I was mortified!
There's even more than this but some I can't remember the names of. I will recognize them but won't recall where I have seen them, or as I've been writing this another will come to mind. It's a pretty regular occurrence for me. As such, it really isn't that big of a deal to me. However, I think if I ever met someone like Brad Pitt, Rutger Hauer, or Jon Bonjovi, I would completely flip out.
And, of course I can't end this without mentioning our very own Rock Star, whose link to her website I have on my sidebar. After all, she's done television work and I believe some other stuff too.
Now for my first celebrity crush. Hands down, it has got to be Andy Gibb. There were a few others like Donny Osmond and Leif Garret that I adored at that time, but he was IT for me. I remember as a little girl going each week with my girlfriend Stephanie to dinner in Daytona Beach with her family. Her father would allow her to take along a friend to keep her company because he also had a doctor's appointment prior to us going to dinner. There were many a nights that Stephanie and I would pretend like her parents were chauffering us to our dates with Andy Gibb and Donny Osmond. My date was Andy of course. Ah....he was so fricken cute and I loved his music. It's so sad how he died at such a young age. I think he was only 30. It was a heart related situation but they believe it was due to too much Cocaine. So handsome and so talented. What a waste!