Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Famous People

I was thinking today (shocker!) about how most people have a "celebrity" story. You know, they ran into Alice Cooper at 7-11 or their dad used to work with Britney Spears' dad. I'm not really a star-struck sort of person. I actually think that a lot of celebrities are really obnoxious.

Anyway, the point of this post is this: what is your celebrity experience?

Come on. Entertain me. Leave your celebrity experience in the comments. I have a tracker. I'll know you were here and if you don't share I may have to take drastic measures.

9 comments:

Julie said...

BTW, I don't have a personal celebrity experience. My sister saw Demi Moore's car at the restaurant she owns in Sun Valley, a friend of mine sold popcorn to Harrison Ford in Jackson Hole at the movie theater where she worked and another friend pulled up next to Bruce Willis in his Hummer at a stop light. That's it for me.

Iowaspuds said...

I stood in line behind Donnie (sp?) Osmond at the grocery store. He and his wife were buying water storage containers. The checker couldn't contain herself and had to go on break, I just chuckled.

Cristina said...

I worked in Sun Valley several summers and a winter. In that time, I met and saw my fair share of celebrities. I briefly chatted with Demi Moore once at the Toy Store in Ketchum and saw her a handful of other times here and there; she is quite short, but even more lovely in person than on the big screen. I sold some lift tickets up Baldy to Michael Keaton and his son one summer, and gave them advice on which mountain bike trails were the best; he was very soft spoken and nice. I gave some sleigh tickets to the Trail Creek cabin to Ah-nold one time, and chatted with him for 20 minutes or so while he waited for his friends to arrive; he was very personable and charismatic, and surprisingly short. Another time I witnessed his wife, Maria Shriver, cut in front of a line of about 35 people and scream at my coworker, causing a giant scene, because she and her kids insisted on having updated pictures placed on their recreation passes "IMMEDIATELY, or I'll make sure you never work in this town again." She is notoriously evil. (As is Jamie Lee Curtis, from encounters I heard about from friends that had to deal with her.)

Cristina said...

I was SUPPOSED to personally welcome and accompany Tom Hanks and his large party when they went on their sleigh ride to Trail Creek cabin, as I was the liasion who coordinated all of their tickets and accommodations.... but of course my supervisor wanted to meet him, so she lied to our boss and took all the credit for my work so she could do it. That didn't sit well with me, though, and I insisted that she let me at least meet him, or else I might just accidentally tell our assistant manager (and her roommate at the time) that she was secretly and obsessively in love with him. Needless to say, I was able to briefly meet Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, as well as Martin Short and Bruce Springsteen that night. They were all extremely friendly, and Tom, Rita, and Martin were absolutely hilarious. I met Steve Miller and his daughter. I sold lift tickets to Daphne Zuniga (you know…. Princess Vespa from “Spaceballs”!), and she was totally batch-tastic and snotty. I met Rupert Murdoch, who also gave one of my best friends a $200 tip for stocking a fridge with soda. I met countless Olympic and professional ice skaters, as I worked all of the ice shows. (Scott Hamilton is so, so, SO nice; Nancy Kerrigan…. not so much.)

Cristina said...

My favorite encounter, however, happened one day while I was working alone in the office on a terribly stormy Sunday afternoon. It was raining buckets, and an older gentleman ducked inside my office, drenched; he asked if he could sit down and chat for awhile until the rain let up a bit. I told him of course, and gave him a towel…. all the while feeling that he looked vaguely familiar. He introduced himself only as “John”…. and what a nice gentleman he was! We chatted and chatted, and he ended up staying in my office for almost 2 hours. He asked me all kinds of questions – about my job, and school, and what I wanted to do with my life. I reciprocated, asking him what he did for a living. He said he did a “little of this and that”, and that he had been a pilot. He also mentioned “dabbling a bit” in politics, eventually admitting that he was actually a U.S. Senator. After I went on and on about how impressive it was that he was a Senator, and after he shared some stories about it, he finally mentioned in passing that “Oh….. and I did a little stint at NASA.” He didn’t elaborate, and from the way he shrugged it off, I gathered that he served only in some minor capacity there…. perhaps relating to some sort of Senate committee. When he finally got up to leave, he shook my hand and said he had better go enjoy the rest of his short vacation before “embarking on his latest adventure”.

Shortly thereafter my supervisor (the Tom Hanks thief) ran into the office, breathless with excitement. “Holy crap! I just walked past John Glenn! You know…. the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth? Yeah. I just walked right by him. Did you know he’s going back into space again in a few weeks?”

Yup. I had no clue who he was when I was talking to him. Three weeks later he became the oldest human being to enter space.

That Girl said...

None. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Sorry.

Andrea said...

Wilford Brimley- I was at a shooting range/ gun shop in SLC with my big brother. He walked by and everybody was staring, I didn't even notice. Then I swear I saw Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) at the airport, but my husband wouldn't let me go up and talk to him to make sure. Exciting I know! :)

Julie said...

Cristina, I totally love that it took three posts for you to share your stories. I'm surprised that none of them were at Mouse World.

Oh, and Dave, my seminary teacher grew up in the Osmonds ward. Pretty sweet, huh? He never mentioned if they sang in the ward choir....

That Girl, frankly, I'm disappointed. But since you are my personal celebrity, I'll let it slide. :)

Andrea: Welcome! I'm not sure I've seen you lurking around here before. Wilford Brimley, huh? He seems crotchety. And I have to admit that I don't know who Julian McMahon is. I don't watch a lot of TV.

The Five Moores said...

yea! I am so excited to see the little booties!(as in shoes)though I am sure your little ones have cute booties! hehe.
I'll give ya a call tomorrow so I can come get them. Sorry you havent been able to reach me. We were out of town for a week and I didn't use my phone much.
Thanks babe!