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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted August 01 2008 - 08:39 AM

I am not asking for names. But, a few of my friends were talking about this while watching a baseball game. We wondered how a celebrity meets new friends (who aren't in the business)? How do they know if they want to be friends because they get along or because they are a celeb? On a similar note. My friends son goes to the same school as Bruce Springsteen's son. And you have to wonder when this kid meets someone. How does he know they just being friends with them because they like him or because his dad is Bruce Springsteen?

So I am curious if anyone here is friends or knows a celeb pretty well that might be able to answer this? And I am not including people who knew a celeb before they were big.
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#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Keith Plucker

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Posted August 01 2008 - 10:00 AM

A business relationship is one way.

You provide some service and do a good job. The celeb in question keeps coming back. Over time, you become more and more friendly to the point where you are exchanging birthday gifts and getting invited to their wedding.

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#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Lucia Duran

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Posted August 02 2008 - 01:50 AM

I've met quite a few celebs, but I have never known any personally or been friends with any.
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#4 of 32 OFFLINE   Ed Moxley

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Posted August 02 2008 - 02:30 AM

I have a distant cousin, who is somewhat a celebrity. His name is Clyde King (do a Google search). I've met him once, so we're not really "friends". Just kinda neat knowing he's in the family........... Posted Image
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#5 of 32 OFFLINE   drobbins

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Posted August 02 2008 - 03:19 AM

Being as we are reaching here... My sister studies gorillas in Africa. She has been in a few documentaries on TV and in magazines. No paparazzi though, so I guess she is not a celebrity.

#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted August 02 2008 - 04:24 AM

Shelly Fabres used my name in a song a couple of years ago...ok, maybe it's more than a couple of yearsPosted Image
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#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted August 02 2008 - 05:12 AM

My brother is good friends with this guy:

Chris J. Johnson

Not a celebrity, but he was on a short lived series.

#8 of 32 OFFLINE   Dale MA

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Posted August 02 2008 - 05:51 AM

Kind-of a different subject but I'm related to Evelyn Ankers, the scream queen of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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I don't personally know anyone famous however.

#9 of 32 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted August 02 2008 - 06:25 AM

One of my cousin's friends is a good friend of John Cho (Harold and Kumar).

#10 of 32 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted August 02 2008 - 06:54 AM

Todd, I don't know how old Springsteen's son is, but I would hazard the guess that most kids don't know/care about the Bruce. And if they do, it's an abstract kind of thing. If they like the son, it's for his own qualities as a person.

I have a friend whose kids attend school in the LA area, and they know the children of a fair amount of actors, producers, musicians, etc. While they might think it's cool that so-and-so is Big Star's son, if he's a creep, they avoid him. For the most part -- from what I hear -- these kids don't make a big deal about who their parents are, and act like normal, nice people.

#11 of 32 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted August 02 2008 - 11:24 AM

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... I am not including people who knew a celeb before they were big.
Well, thread rules are always getting broken, aren't they? Posted Image

It's been years ago now but my niece used to be really well known when we lived in Kansas.
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#12 of 32 OFFLINE   Jimi C

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Posted August 02 2008 - 02:55 PM

My good friend since high school is a second cousin of Vincent Gallo.
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Posted August 03 2008 - 09:07 AM

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#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Jason Adams

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Posted August 03 2008 - 03:47 PM

I made a movie (well short mockumentary) with Doug E. Doug in it, called Slapboxing: The Quickness of the Hand. He lives just down the street from the high school. That turned out well.

I also knew a kid that was the cousin of Rob Thomas's wife. He went to his wedding to her and brought pictures to us to show.

#15 of 32 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted August 03 2008 - 04:26 PM

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I made a movie (well short mockumentary) with Doug E. Doug

Whom?

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I also knew a kid that was the cousin of Rob Thomas's wife. He went to his wedding to her and brought pictures to us to show.

This is going well. Posted Image


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#16 of 32 OFFLINE   Jason Adams

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Posted August 03 2008 - 04:34 PM

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Whom?


He was in a bunch of Disney movies in the 90's...Cool Runnings...That Darn Cat...he was also a voice in Shark Tale, and also in the revival of Cosby. Not a *huge* celebrity, but he has some name recognition.

#17 of 32 OFFLINE   Tim Maynard

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Posted August 03 2008 - 05:48 PM

Haha. Sanka "Kiss my lucky egg" Posted Image
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#18 of 32 OFFLINE   Bob McLaughlin

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Posted August 04 2008 - 04:10 AM

This is an interesting question because it points towards how our social circles are structured. Just about everyone knows someone who knows someone who's famous, but so far it seems no one here can say they are friends with a famous person.

I have a pretty limited social circle on a day-to-day basis: family, work, neighbors, and friends. I would guess if I added up all the people that know me by name throughout my whole life, the number would only be a few hundred--extended family, former classmates, members of organizations I belonged to over the years, etc. As for people I can currently call non-family "friends" (which I define as someone you could turn to when you needed a favor such as helping them move) I would put that number under 50.

Anyway, fame seems to be rare and fleeting, and also a tightly-knit group. Once famous, they probably have limited opportunities to interact outside of their circles. Heck, even non-famous people often complain about not having opportunities to meet new people. Ask anyone who is having trouble finding a proper mate.
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#19 of 32 OFFLINE   Kevin Hewell

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Posted August 04 2008 - 04:14 AM

I've had Simon LeBon over for dinner. He usually calls when he's in town.

#20 of 32 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted August 04 2008 - 04:42 AM

My brother went to a wedding of a friend of his from college. At the wedding were the Estevez's (Emilio & Charlie) and the Penn's (Sean, Chris). His friend grew up in a house next to the Estevez's and Penn's. So they became friends as kids. My wife who loves Emilio was pissed my brother didn't take her. Posted Image
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.


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