What is it with people and celebrities, LOL. When I lived in Hollywood, one of Michael Landon's sons lived above me, one of Sidney Poitier's daughters lived upstairs and across the courtyard, and Holly Robinson from 21 Jump Street lived next door to me. The first time I met Johnny Depp, it was in the hallway when I had an armload of laundry. Nobody flipped out if the elevator doors opened and Sidney Poitier was in there. Dionne Warwick had her nails done where I had my haircut, Johnny Mathis shopped at the same grocery store where I shopped, etc. I even used to pickup Delia Sheppard to give her a ride to the set when she didn't have a car. No big deal.
I was waiting in line in security one day at LAX
, and while it was going slowly, I got into conversation with the people behind me, and suddenly realized the woman behind the big sunglasses was Dixie Carter, and her husband, Hal Holbrook was right next to her. We just chatted like normal people.
The only time I've seen people go overboard was on a flight from Milan to LAX
, and people from First were coming back to Business to get the autograph of a then current star of L.A. Law, who was sitting across the aisle from me, and one asked if she could take her photo.
These are just regular people who, for the most part, just want to be left alone to go about their business. If you recognize them, great, they like attention too, but not a commotion made. I didn't even know who Holly was at first, until she mentioned one day about having to leave for Vancouver for filming, and then about a year later I saw her on TV
. Her future husband, Rodney Peete, was a really nice guy as well, not the brute you'd think an NFL player would be.
And having met these people, and a host of others, doesn't make me any better than anyone else. It's just part of life.