The Random Writings of Rachel: Famous People

Famous People


 My uncle went to a duct tape signing with Uncle Red of The Red Green Show, and gave us this roll because we love that show very much.
Have you ever met anyone famous?

I haven't. Or if I have, I haven't recognized them. Actually, whenever this question comes up as an icebreaker or something, I always say that the most famous person I've ever met is myself.

In my head, it's a witty joke--a more interesting way of saying that I've never met a celebrity of any kind. In reality, I see that it could come across as somewhat arrogant if I happened to be in a crowd of people who take all statements seriously. So maybe I should come up with a new line...

Angel claims that back in the late 90s he saw Whoopi Goldberg with a man carrying a briefcase at the mall one time when he lived in California. He saw her, thought he recognized her, went up and asked, "Are you Whoopi Goldberg?" and she said, "Why? Do you like my work?"

That's what Angel claims. I wasn't there, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of the tale, or if it was her or not. The answer sounds non-committal to me. He's also met people who were or went on to be Olympians or professional runners during his days of high-school racing, so he has had some verified brushes with athletic fame.

So what about you? Do you have any stories of encounters with someone who's gotten their names in the history books? Or, on a lesser level, the magazines? I don't want to brag or anything, but I'm pretty tight with Rachel G. I could tell some pretty interesting stories about that lady...

28 comments:

  1. When I was in college I went to a Ben Folds concert and met him backstage after the show. That was my biggest brush with fame.

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  2. A friend of mine was a paralympic swimmer. She's got a verified Twitter, even.
    Other than that, I've only met The Killers after one of their shows in 2005. And some local newscasters, but that's it.

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  3. I have met Chipper Jones (played baseball for the Braves for like 15 years) on several occasions. His kids played little league at the same ballpark that I grew up playing at. So that's cool.

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  4. haha I think your line is funny! You should keep it. I know a guy in the band Kings of Leon. Nick's sister-in-law was an extra in the movie The Help - so she's somewhat famous. You see her clearly like 3 times, she's part of the bridge club. This wasn't me, but I was enamored with this story.... this guy I sat next to a bar one night, he claims.... that he was taking his daughter to Hollywood and they were on a tour of the Friends Studio and the girl cast members from the show showed up to do something and they ended up having lunch with them.... I'm not sure I believe it, but if it's true, I find that pretty awesome because Jennifer Aniston is my favorite actress and I would DIE if I ever had the chance to meet her! lol Other than that, I'm working on my own fame here... I did see myself in the Disney Pre-Race taste video that's up on you tube... so I'm like 10% a celebrity! :)

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  5. Hey I know her too Rachel G I mean, we talk on a daily base see, OK it's online but nevertheless I know her ;-) or does it not count? And now tell me some interesting stories about that lady ;-)

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  6. i met jack hanna (a zookeeper who has had educational animal shows on tv since the 80s.) but that's about it.

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  7. Lol!
    I met Sinbad. Does that count?
    {you will prob have to google him...he's THAT famous!}

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  8. I guess the only famous people I've met are musicians. I used to go to a lot of small venue concerts and I've talked to band members several time. And THEN they've gone on to become more famous. That's it though.

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  9. I've met you online!!! ;)

    I've actually met Surya Bonaly, she used to be an Olympic ice skater. It's okay if you've never heard of her, nobody has.
    I also sort-of met Andrew Zimmern from the show "Bizarre Foods"...Isaiah shook his hand while I stood back feeling awkward because I didnt' want to make a scene, he was in a local Mexican restaurant here taking a break from filming for his show.
    Also, I didn't exactly MEET him, but I was working at a Chili's in Oklahoma during college, and the country singer Aaron Tippin came in with his family to eat. I didn't get to wait on him though.

    I don't know anyone else who even knows who Red Green is!!!

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  10. The biggest celebrity I've ever crossed paths with is Nichole Kidman and Naomi Watts. We were in NYC shopping at a high end lingerie store called Agent Provocateur. They came in together and were chatting away browsing the bras next to me. It took me a bit to realize who they were. We were the only ones in the store. Nichole is super tall and thin and Naomi is very small and thin. They were nice. Not arrogant or anything.

    We have also run into lesser known actors at bars in Toronto during TIFF and also lesser known actors in NYC at restaurants.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. OH and I forgot, once I was in NYC with my mom on a business trip, and we were getting food from a deli and Nathan Lane came in to get food. We didn't talk to him, though - I was too stunned by how short he is in real life. He's the same height as me, and I'm just about 5'5. It was weird because he doesn't look THAT short in movies.

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  12. My husband got really lucky and won a contest from the MTV movie awards. We were flown to London for a wonderful stay. We got to walk the red carpet and attend the premiere of Mission Impossible 2. We met and shook hands with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Jay Leno. But, we've actually met Jay Leno twice.
    That's all I got, but it will do. :)

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    1. P.S. We also went to the after-party where I drank too much and probably bugged the crap out of poor John Woo (the film director). Good thing he was sloshed too. :)

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    2. wow! that's really lucky! I would die to shake hands with Russel Crowe!

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  13. Oooh, a much coveted signed roll of duct tape. Isn't that show hilarious!!! All of us Canadians are just as funny, hahaha. When I was in my early twenties, I was involved with a fundraiser that Arte Johnson emceed. It was a fun day, and he was really personable. Woot Woot.

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  14. Considering where I live I see famous people all the time. My husband is best friends with a famous person which is weird when you're trying to go out on a double date haha. But if I see a famous person I don't know I'll never go up to them. I've seen it first hand how annoying people can be! They just want to be treated like normal people and they almost never get to enjoy a night out without being bothered.

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  15. Our next door neighbor when we lived in KC was Willie Aames. He starred on 8 is enough and Charles in Charge and then went on to really embarrass himself on Celebrity Fit Club and other ridiculous VH1 reality style ventures. Sigh....he was a pretty terrible person.

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  16. Oh my gosh!!! My siblings and I grew up watching that show with my Dad when we were little! That is cool.
    I met President George Bush (sr.) and his secret service dudes when I was like 3...

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  17. Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud.

    I don't think they were big in the USA, they won Popstars in the UK a few years back and became a type of new spice girls. They were massive here.

    Anyway, I'm a manager in a supermarket in her home city (not mine - I commute) and she came in shopping one year with her friend at Christmas. I had to show her to the Mexican section and she said thanks to me. I wasn't really a massive fan, so didn't really talk to her or anything because I wouldn't have anything to say, ha.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  18. Oh, my housemates mother met the queen once! Almost had Prince William stay at her house also - it was a back up plan if the media found out where his hotel was as he visiting Greece (her mum works for the British Council). My cousin met her too, he is in the army and has to do that solider thing outside Buckingham palace, the red uniform with the black wig/hats.

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  19. As long as you're in a crowd of friends, it's totally fine!! haha I've met many famous people while I've been working at the car auction and they've all been so super nice! I think the most general of those celebs was Frankie Munoz who really is just a regular guy.

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  20. If I would've run into Whoopie in the 90's I probably would've cried like a fan-girl. I just watched Sister Act the other day... never gets old.
    I've met a few famous people because I used to work at a bar so they would come in for promotional events and whatnot.

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  21. Nope, no famous people, at least not TV or movie famous. Pete and I are rock climbers, so i've met some famous climbers knocking about the globe's cliffs when we travel, but that's about it...

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  22. I've met DJ's like Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren but no celebrity celebrities.. I'm ok with it. The only person I'd be happy to meet is Justin Timberlake - but he's been my crush since the 6th grade so yeah. :) Have a great one! -Iva

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  23. I like your line! I've had a few brushes with famous people but no exciting stories.

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  24. My parents grew up in Southern California and saw and met celebrities constantly, and my uncle worked for a lot of them. My grandpa even built the zoo and train at Michael Jackson's house. I live vicariously through their stories ;)

    My parents took me to Universal Studios in Hollywood when I was 8, and we got to be on a TV show. I met Tim Conway (an old comedian, he did a lot with Carol Burnett, if you know of her?) backstage, and then I saw him again in high school. I saw an actor from Boy Meets World in LAX once. Oh! And this is a bit indirect, but I met Leo DiCaprio's grandparents as a kid. They were friends with my grandparents. So yeah....that's about it! Nothing too exciting.

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  25. I still swear to this day that I saw Vin Disel in Czech. A year later XXX came out, which only confirms my suspicions. I wish I had been bold and walked up to him and asked for his signature and a photo, and maybe to have his firstborn child. But I was only 15. They tend to frown on those sorts of things. Well, at least until Teen Mom came along.

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  26. I love your answer! I met some famous or at least important people while working at a climate change conference in 2011 (COP17), but most of them I didn't know who they were, or I've now forgotten who they were. Somebody important from a South American country shook my hand and gave me one of those cheek-kiss things but it sounds so fake now because I can't remember who he was or which country he was from. See why I need to record memories? ;)

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