I've seen and flown with more than my share of famous faces over the years. The best experience was a 1992 flight from LAX
. I boarded the plane and looked for my seat 2D
and noticed the woman in 2C looked familiar. I took my seat and said hello,just to be courteous. I then realized it was Jamie Lee Curtis and quickly decided to let her have her privacy. Soon he was the one who started a conversation. We talked off and on several times before landing. Before takeoff, she asked what the movie was and the FA
told her it was "There Goes The Neighborhood". Ms. Curtis responded "That film is a piece of XXXX!" The FA
disappeared and returned with "The Bodyguard" with Kevin Costner which she was pleased with.
On one flight I saw Rod Steward and his wife (Alana?) board with his new baby. They took seats near the front and after take-off he took the baby
and moved to the seat across the aisle from me and held the child from LA
to NY without getting up.
On a flight from NYC to BOS
I met Walter Cronkite who was very impressive.
Others I've flown with in the front of the plane were:
Don Hewett (Producer of 60 Minutes)
Sir Lawrence Olivier
John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard)
I've haven't seen many famous people in Coach, but I did see Shirley Temple Black on a flight from SEA
Besides her career as a child actress she served as the first woman to be US
Chief Of Protocol, under Gerald Ford, Ambassador to Czchoslovakia and Ghana.
I was already seated a few rows from the rear of the plane when I saw a striking looking woman in a sable coat walking down the aisle. She paused a row or two in front of me while someone put luggage overhead and she caught me looking at her. She gave me a look that said "I know you know who I am", smiled brightly and took a seat behind me.
On a flight from ORF to JAX
the couple across from me in coach bulkhead seats turned out to be BB
King and "Lucille" his famous guitar. He and I made small talk about the rigors of travel but I didn't get to meet Lucille.