"In most other areas of my life, I am slightly behind the curve, retiring, sometimes unsure," he recounts in his autobiography, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." "But when it comes to anything to do with dreams of being an actor I am filled with what I would later learn is called chutzpah."
"My name is Rob Lowe. I want to be an actor and I was hoping to meet Miss Minnelli," he tells her husband, Jack Haley Jr., at the door. Minnelli, who was at the height of her fame, was appearing in the award-winning musical film Cabaret. She invites Lowe into her living room. She's eating chocolates and drinking wine.
Lowe is mesmerized. They chat for a while about theatre and music before she sends him off with a wink: "Good luck,