02 March 2011

thanks, jane...


growing up in southern california you learn instinctively at a young age never to gawk at celebrities or ask anyone for an autograph or a picture- after all, they could be your schoolfriend's mom, and your car pool driver, so why bother? celebrities are just like you and me (only sometimes richer), so don't bother them...
miss russell in the eighties
that said, there is only one time in my life have i have ever asked a celebrity for an autograph, and that was miss jane russell...  it was the late eighties and a friend and i spotted her at a restaurant in san francisco. we rudely interrupted her lunch, and asked her to sign our menus, which she graciously did, and then thanked *us* for asking her! "how in the hell do you young kids even know who i am?", she joking asked as we chatted for a few minutes, and gushed over her iconic role in "gentlemen prefer blondes".

RIP jane- you were an underrated musical comedienne, and a lovely woman to take time out of your day to chat with two young starstruck gay boys. you will always be remembered fondly!


3 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

awww -what a great story!
A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Ann Miller who was so incredibly gracious as well. She's the only person I've ever asked for an autograph and it's framed in my apartment!

jones said...

She was really cool!

Patricia Gray said...

What a great memory. Do you still have that autograph?