Famous People I've Met. . .

by Gwendylan | created - 22 Dec 2014 | updated - 06 Sep 2015 | Public

1. Tim Curry

Actor | Congo

Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...

The best day I ever had, he gave me... watching him spin sheer magic onstage...the play, Me & My Girl, back in '83. meeting him.. talking with him.. He was thee most genuine, golden-hearted bloke I'd ever met. And one of the greatest listeners I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

2. Ellen Corby

Actress | The Waltons

Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

The most delightful lady with the most beautiful twinking blue eyes to match. A memory I'll cherish forever, meeting her.

3. Benjamin Spock

Self | Not for Women Only

Benjamin Spock was born on May 2, 1903 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Benjamin McLaine Spock. He is known for his work on Not for Women Only (1968), Valentine's Day (1964) and The Art Linkletter Show (1963). He was married to Mary Morgan and Jane Cheney. He died on March 15, 1998 in La Jolla, ...

So laid back, and casual.. a personable, inviting guy.. A friend of a friend of our's many moons ago.

4. William Hanna

Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials

William Hanna was born on July 14, 1910 in Melrose, New Mexico, USA as William Denby Hanna. He was a producer and director, known for ABC Afterschool Specials (1972), The Flintstones (1994) and The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Violet Blanch Wogatzke. He died on March 22, 2001 in North Hollywood...

Tim Curry and Scooby-Doo, too! He was across the aisle from me at the showing of Me & My Girl. Very friendly and engaging. Asking for suggestions for a project in the works, {which included Curry}, I asked, "Can serpents have shoulders?" ...and "Voila!" ..the serpent ended up with shoulders.

5. Alan Cranston

Actor | The Candidate

Alan Cranston was born on June 19, 1914 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Alan MacGregor Cranston. He was an actor, known for The Candidate (1972), Troubled Waters (1987) and Samantha Smith Goes to Washington: Campaign '84 (1984). He was married to Norma Weintraub and Geneva McMath. He died on ...

Friendly as could be. Met him twice, both times on flights going to Los Angeles, a couple of years apart, and having asked me my name upon the first meeting, remembered me, and by name, all that time later! I was astounded, and very impressed!

6. Donald O'Connor

Actor | Singin' in the Rain

Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also ...

Great performer.. a little showy, perhaps, but pleasant.

7. Jack Klugman

Actor | The Odd Couple

As a film character actor, Klugman was the epitome of the everyman. He was one of the pioneers of television acting in the 1950s, and is best remembered for his 1970s TV work as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970) and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E. (1976).

Extremely consciencious driver. Very sweet, socially aware, and down-to-earth gentleman.

8. Robert Goulet

Actor | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Robert Gerard Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to a family of French-Canadian origin. He was the son of Jeanette (Gauthier) and Joseph Georges André Goulet. After hearing his son sing "Lead Kindly Light", in their church hall, his father told him, "I'm proud of you, son". A few weeks ...

Much more humble, and personable, than I ever would have expected.

9. Sheree North

Actress | Breakout

Sheree North was born on January 17, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dawn Shirley Crang. She was an actress, known for Breakout (1975), Lawman (1971) and Charley Varrick (1973). She was married to Phillip Alan Norman, Dr. Gerhardt Ralph Sommer, John M. "Bud" Freeman and Frederick Arnold ...

Very sweet, soft-spoken, and appreciative of being recognised.

10. Lonette McKee

Actress | Brewster's Millions

Lonette McKee's career began in the music industry in hometown Detroit, Michigan as a child prodigy, where she began playing keyboards composing music and lyrics, singing and performing professionally at a young age. At fourteen she recorded her first record, "Stop Don't Worry 'Bout It" which ...

Saw her back in '77, in Show Boat, alongside Donald O'Connor, and Donnie Ray Albert. What a voice.. WHAT a VOiCE. Her "Just My Bill" still resonates in my mind's ear.. As Carly Simon song goes, 'nobody does it better'.

11. Merv Griffin

Producer | Jeopardy!

Merv Griffin was a singer and band leader, movie actor, television personality and media mogul who in his time hosting The Merv Griffin Show (1962) was second in fame and influence as a talk show host only to Johnny Carson. Griffin was best known for creating the two most popular game shows in ...

...Apart.. protected.. separated from the common folk of his audience. Very controlled atmosphere..strange experience, attending The Merv Griffin Show back in the late 70's.

12. Donnie Ray Albert

Actor | Great Performances

Donnie Ray Albert was born on January 10, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Great Performances (1971), Liberty Weekend (1986) and Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala (1977).

What. A. Voice. His Old Man River rivalled even the great Paul Robeson. Incredibly fantastic and powerful. His deep, rich bass baritone vibrato was simply magnificent... Flawless. I'd never heard anything like it before, nor have I since.

13. Vincent Schiavelli

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous ...

Mmyehh.. :^/ *shrug*

14. Lesley Ann Warren

Actress | The Cool Kids

Lesley Ann Warren started gearing towards a life in show business right off the bat as a child ballerina; little did she know that Hollywood stardom would arrive on her doorstep in the form of a "Cinderella" story. The New York-born actress (born in 1946) is the daughter of a night club singer, ...

She could dance like nobody's business. Her body as elastic...as amazingly flexible as a rubber band!

15. Ann Reinking

Actress | Annie

Ann Reinking was born on November 10, 1949, in Seattle, Washington. Renowned more for her dancing than acting, Reinking has danced in many Broadway shows. She made her film debut in Movie Movie (1978) and the following year starred opposite Roy Scheider and Jessica Lange in the Bob Fosse biopic All...

Impressive, and powerful dancer.. Connected to her audience.

16. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

Tiny, tiny little bird.. smoked like a chimeny.. cheery, and delightfully funny, and amiable!

17. Jack Carter

Actor | History of the World: Part I

Jack Carter was born on June 24, 1922 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jack Chakrin. He was an actor and director, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Amazing Stories (1985) and McCloud (1970). He was married to Roxanne Wander, Paula Stewart and Joan Mann. He ...

A real mensch! When I was 6, back in 1966, our ol' Ford Fairlane broke down on Hollywood Blvd., and he stopped, and gave us a ride. A great and thoughtful humanitarian guy. Happy Hanukkah, Jack! =)

18. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".

She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...

....but I was only 3. She lived down the street from us. Though I never met her later, it was the beginning of a lifelong appreciation for her.

19. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

Frequented a store where I worked one Christmas Season.

20. Norma Zimmer

Soundtrack | 3:10 to Yuma

Norma Zimmer was born on July 13, 1923 in Larson, Idaho, USA as Norma Beatrice Larsen. She was married to Randal H. Zimmer. She died on May 10, 2011 in Brea, California, USA.

Saw her from afar during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show, in its latter years at Welk's resort in Escondido. She looked orange--pancake make-up--but her voice was notably pure, crystal clear, and angelic, even outside, without much of a mic, or amps, etc. Just like in the studio.

21. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

Only just saww him, in a pharmacy once. Didn't get to talk to him, darnit~

22. Bob Balaban

Actor | Gosford Park

Bob Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Elmer Balaban. He is an actor and director, known for Gosford Park (2001), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Lady in the Water (2006). He has been married to Lynn Grossman since April 1, 1977. They have two ...

Once lived across the street from my aunt and uncle.

23. José Feliciano

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

José Feliciano was born on September 10, 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico as José Montserrate Feliciano García. He has been married to Susan Omillian since August 2, 1982. They have three children. He was previously married to Hilda Perez.

Short but sweet meeting.

24. Ralph Nader

Actor | Fun with Dick and Jane

Ralph Nader was born on February 27, 1934 in Winsted, Connecticut, USA.

Hmmm. . .

25. John Astin

Actor | The Frighteners

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964), John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and ...

I'd say a little aloof.. preoccupied~ But it wasn't a fair test. It was at an airport, after all.

26. Allen Funt

Producer | Money Talks

Allen Funt was born on September 16, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for Money Talks (1972), The New Candid Camera (1974) and Candid Candid Camera Volume 5 (1986). He was married to Marilyn Funt and Evelyn Michael. He died on September 5, 1999 in Pebble ...

-_- Uhhmm... {slipping into my 'Bewitched"'s Samantha impression}, "Waayelll..." O.o

27. Bill Murray

Actor | Lost in Translation

Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, ...

Funn-nny, personable, and very, very down-to-earth!

28. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

I literally "bumped into him" in a store one day in Los Angeles. A rather gentle "bump".. just one of those, when you aren't watching where you're going closely enough..but ohh, the shock, and shyness that washed over me when I realised who it WAS! He touched on my elbows as I apologised, nearly speechless, and said in a whisper, "It's ok". Very gentle, he, and a giant, to be sure, though it was his imposing width that struck me most, not seeming quite as tall as I would have expected.

29. Cliff Robertson

Actor | Spider-Man

Clifford Parker Robertson III became a fairly successful leading man through most of his career without ever becoming a major star. Following strong stage and television experience, he made an interesting film debut in a supporting role in Picnic (1956). He then played Joan Crawford's deranged ...

"Met" might be too strong a word here, but the day I "bumped into" Muhammed Ali in a supermarket, back in the 80's, he was in line getting a few groceries right at the moment of impact with Ali, not 10 feet away. Noticeably vivid blue eyes, even from a distance.

30. Wayne Dyer

Self | Gifts from Eykis

Wayne Dyer was born on May 10, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Wayne Walter Dyer. He was an actor, known for Gifts from Eykis, Tales of Everyday Magic (2012) and How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want (1998). He was married to Marcelene Rowan, Judy and Susan Casselman. He died on...

Sat next to him on a plane to L.A. ...twice. .......... -_-

31. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

His powerful presence was like nothing I've ever felt before... Like a magical wind swept from one side of the stage to the other as he entered..*whooshh!* He was Master of Ceremony for a show starring a young magician named David Copperfield, back in the early 70's....at the Anaheim Theater I believe, {forget just what it was called. There was only one then, I think. {?} Quite a memorable experience. His voice, {Welles'}, so distinct, so resonant, so incredibly pleasant. *sighh*... and I was only 11 or 12. xD

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