It can be kind of exciting when you meet a celebrity in real life (as long as they don’t give you the old “Do you know who I am?” attitude). But even more fun is when you bump into them in an unexpected place and have a totally random encounter. Today we’re spilling all on our favorite celebrity sightings — and we want to hear about yours in the comments!
My favorite star-sighting story is the one where I didn’t realize it until the next day. Many years ago, I was standing outside the Loew’s Santa Monica, waiting for the valet to bring our car around, and I struck up a friendly conversation with two men who were also waiting. One of them—the quiet one—had slicked-back red hair and was wearing nerd glasses and a green suit. As we were walking to our car, my husband whispered under his breath, “Chris Farley,” and I thought, “Ha, yeah, that guy did kind of look vaguely like Chris Farley.” The next day, on some entertainment news show, they were covering the Grammys from the night before and they showed a guy with red hair, nerd glasses and a green suit. The same guy I’d been talking to outside the Loews. “Oh my God, that really was Chris Farley!” I yelled out to my husband, who was in the bathroom brushing his teeth. “Yeah,” he hollered back. “I told you!”
I am so jealous that Marla had a real-live convo with Chris Farley!!! Our energetic new Golden puppy is named Farley in his honor. The celebrity I’ve run into a zillion places, way back since the 80s? Christie Brinkley. What a sweetheart. Sadly, I can’t say the same for the Queen of Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow. She literally blew me off the sidewalk on a quiet, uncrowded street in the Hamptons once, without a word or look back. Next time I’ll uncouple us with a few choice words, Gwynnie.
Not to boast, but our 55 year-old subdivision abuts a fancier neighborhood that sports a number of famous residents. Like a certain Mr. George Clooney??? As well as Bruno Mars, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Alex Trebek, Leah Thompson, and Leah Remini. And those are only the stars I know about. I used to run into way more famous people when I lived in New York. (Is that Madonna? OMG, it’s Warren Beatty!) But it’s pretty fun giving a “Hiyah, neighbor!” wave to George when he tootles by on his motorcycle. My favorite celeb sighting story, however, is this story. One day about ten years ago, I was walking our basset hound, Lucy, on the fire road up the street from our house. My nickname for her was Lucy Loo, so I start singing to her, “Lucy Loo, Lucy Loo.” Well, guess who lives down the street from George and Teri, and happened to be walking her own dog that day? That’s right, the human Lucy Liu. Who turned around and said in a very friendly voice, “Hi!” Embarrassed, I explained and apologized. She laughed, and we walked our dogs together. Several times after that, too. She was a total delight. Very gossipy sidebar: Teri, Lucy and George live only a few houses from each other and the neighborhood gossip is that during his randy batchelor days, Mr. Clooney rendezvoused with both of them. Shhhhh! Don’t tell.
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