80 posts categorized "AUTOGRAPHS"
After getting to meet the great Sophia Loren in 2016 — but being denied the chance to ask for her autograph — I decided to mail her an original still with some stamps to her Swiss home to see if she might respond in the mail.
Samantha Fox is pressing up just 300 copies of a special vinyl edition of “Touch Me 2016,” all of them individually signed and numbered, and offering them on eBay December 3.
Good luck, all you wild dames.
I recently wrote about something unusual that happened regarding my autograph-collecting hobby.
When I see plays, I tend to be too lazy to hang out and stage-door the stars, unless it's someone I really want to nab/would be extra-thrilled to meet in person. For example, the cast of Other Desert Cities in 2012 was irresistible, and I loved getting to meet Stockard Channing, Judith Light, Rachel Griffiths and Justin Kirk—who wouldn't?! I also had to stick around after the show when I saw the horrendous Deuce, if only to see Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes, and was pleasantly surprised to see Celeste Holm, too.
When I saw Lucky Guy three years ago, I would've been excited to get a pic with Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks—Bosom Buddies was one of my favorite TV shows ever—but I couldn't brave the huge crowds, so I mailed my two programs to the theater in care of Scolari, assuming he'd be more likely to reply. I actually get back, signed, more than half of the Playbills I send, so don't scoff!
I never heard back ... until last week, when I received my three-year-old Playbills back in the mail from Scolari, who is in Wicked at the moment. I was floored! He signed one and kindly wrote a note instructing me where to try Tom.
I promptly mailed my Playbill to Tom at his office, assuming I'd never hear back. In my note, I wrote about the comically long wait I'd had for Peter's signature and joked that I hoped to hear from Tom “before Hillary Clinton is about to clinch her SECOND TERM. haha”. As one final joke, I noted that I had enclosed an SASE, and that “millennials have no idea what that means.”
Would you believe I mailed it 10/27 and received it back signed 11/4 from California?
Even better, not only did Tom sign my Playbill, he returned my typed letter with the haha underlined and a note on my millennial comment: “Idiots!” (I'm sure he meant it affectionately, as did I.) That, too, was signed.
I definitely felt like a lucky guy to hear back from someone busy winning Oscars.
Beautiful boxer/model Charlie Himmelstein goes full monty. (Work Unfriendly)
If you're white and anti-government, you can take federal land, be violent and get off scot-free.
Mert Alas looks like Costas Mandylor, grabs Madonna's pussy!
Lady Gaga's isolated SNL vocals.
IF Hillary wins ... could Biden be her SOS?
Raging liberal of TV's (first) Golden Age, Carl Reiner, has a massive new signed book to sell!
(Or items featuring Bryan Lourd, Stevie Nicks, Dustin Lance Black, Taylor Swift, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Cyndi Lauper, George Clooney, Demi Lovato and/or Cher.)
It's all for a good cause—the National Park Foundation, which recently embraced the Stonewall National Monument and needs funds to maintain it.
Was so glad I caught Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge tonight with my pals Kurt and Warren. The production was riveting from word one and has the most effective use of timing, flawless performances (Mark Strong as Eddie has to win something) and a knock-out of an ending.
Russell Tovey was adorable in his role, charming in a way one that one could understand Eddie would come to loathe. Killer body on this one, and he was a sweetheart with us afterward. The blond works for him.
Tovey also graciously accepted a gift from a girl who was waiting for him—dog treats for his dog Rocky. We hear he is known to take Rocky (not a service animal) into Joe Allen sometimes (which if you're not a New Yorker is a famous after-theater restaurant).
Darren Criss was at the show but refused to pose for a selfie with Kurt because he felt he would then have to do a lot of them (literally nobody else cared, booooo, but he was ultra-nice in saying it), and we also spotted Lois Smith and Fred Weller.
Janis Paige, 93, responded to my request for an autograph on this knock-out still of her from the '40s—and her signature is still a thing of beauty.
I've always loved Paige (and the late Anne Francis—I for some reason think of them in the same mind-breath), and yet became confused and for a long while had thought she'd passed away. Probably, I was thinking of Francis. Once I updated my list of stars 80+ and realized I'd left Paige off, I located this stunning pic and sent it right off to her. A couple of months or less later, and here she is.
Keep reading for a great Mike Douglas-hosted interview of Paige and many other MGM musical stars back when they were promoting the That's Entertainment II documentary. In it, Paige displays her independence of thought in giving Douglas a decidedly non-B.S. answer, one in which she asserts her desire not to be controlled.
Keep in mind the show aired February 20, 1976. That means the stars (in order of appearance/speaking) were these ages at the time: Mike Douglas (50), Debbie Reynolds (44), Nanette Fabray (56), Janis Paige (53), Ann Miller (pictured on vintage movie mag; only 52!!!), Jane Powell (46), Gene Kelly (63), Fred Astaire (75), Hermes Pan (66). They all look great, but isn't it interesting that they project a much older aura than stars of the same ages today? Betty White is now 20 years older than Astaire was, Madonna is five years older than Miller was, Melissa McCarthy is a year older than Debbie Reynolds was.
Or maybe, just maybe, they seem older to me because I'm so familiar with them, and when I was growing up, I could place them all as being many decades older than myself? Maybe a kid with zero idea of who they are would guess their ages accurately?
Anyway, watch ...