Not sure where to place this, but I'll start here.
This theme popped up in another thread, so it probably deserves a separate spot.
I haven't had a particularly distinguished backstory meeting celebrities, but they've mostly been positive. Interacting with them is a whole lot different than merely seeing them in person, but here go a few memories anyway:
As a kid I saw the legendary, aging Maurice Chevalier twice in person (my dad was a huge fan). The second time Chevalier had a bad cold, but he did his best despite choking on a few notes. The adoring audience forgave him. What I recall was how a real star can command a stage with just a spotlight.
I once had a few phone conversations in the late '80s with Alice Faye. Very down to earth; I asked about Al Jolson, who was in one of her movies. She said she didn't care for him!
I saw Desi Arnaz during a book tour around 1975--he apologized for being late to the long line of people waiting. Seemed like quite a nice person.
However, the best encounter of all was in 1986 with a gentleman for the ages--Gregory Peck. He was also doing a tour (I think he had recorded some readings). Anyway, he was suppose to stay an hour, but he stayed three--not leaving until he had talked graciously to every single person who showed up. A security guard there said he never saw anything like it with a celebrity.
Edited by BarryR, October 01 2013 - 06:18 AM.