More To Come........
wow! That would scare me too ! lol and it's exactly the type of thing that makes many actors not want to bother with fans!
those who would be at the back door but didn't see the plays most likely just couldn't afford to. And "some" I am sure, would be getting autographs to sell.
You handled the Dina situation with much aplomb Naomi!
"Are you anybody?" Well - that is just plain rude!!!!!
Wow, stunning tale. I have to remind myself that she was just 13, overcome with emotion and hormones and wasn't really thinking, but I do hope sanity moved into her brain sometime soon after that event. I used to be a Donny Osmond fan during their heyday in the 70s. I remember being up front at concerts or by the gates where they entered and exited and remember getting pushed around by hysterical girls wanting a piece of them. I often wondered, just what they thought would happen if they did get a hold of them. I was devoted, but never rabid.
Wow Naomi, what a story....I am sure the only reason you didn't leave your friend there, and go home on your own, was because she was only 13 years old. I know I would not have stood in that rain and waited for her to come out......That is a long ride out from Great Neck to come in to town at such a young age...I guess, in those days, it wasn't as dangerous as it is today. I know that my mom would never have let me do it....Glad that the police didn't haul your friend away.
Hi Naomi, great story, thanks for sharing. I never understood, that kind of devotion, all though VV, and her mom, were both a little nuts over Donny Osmond, just never quite understood that. Maybe Neil Diamond might have done that for me, or Carol King or Carly Simon. Or Dreamy Richard Chamberlin. There are a lot of folks in my time that was impressed by, but life generally gets in the way of obsessions. Really injoy how you express your self, with discriptions of people and feelings etc.
Pat from NY.
I LOVE your story...it fascinted me right until the end! Looking forward to more:) What us crazy fans do eh? I'm not that crazy to risk my life for an actor. I think what I found so sad was this actress didn't have the time of day for Dina...I wonder if she got that. We tend to put these people on pedistals and they are only human like us-just with a different , public job! When I was at the Toronto International Festival in September "stalking" celebs-well actually looking for GEorge Clooney:) - we just stand back and wave to the limos , not crawl over them! Brad Pitt's limo was stopped right in front of me and I could have touched it but instead opted for a "welcome to Canada" greeting! He must have thought I was nuts!! Keep up the great storytelling! Karyne
PS What an incredible view you have from your house:)
Thank you for your comment! I do hear what you are saying. I think it is sad they are missing out on an incredible experience...the stories told in theatre/movies touch our soul don't they...well there are some that don't! To experience the gift of an actor making those stories come alive is amazing to me. I didn't realize there were so many out there who never step foot inside the theatre and only are at the stage door because they are obsessed with the actor/actress. My love for live theatre began in junior high and then I was in our high school musicals which reinforced this love. Sadly, I have never been to a broadway show. I was in NYC and almost got tickets for Les Miserables but my friends wanted to go to a Yankees game instead!!! One day I will see a Broadway show. We have great live theatre here in Toronto and I have seen many shows:) I've rambled long enough on your post! Thanks! Have a great night! By the way, I love your profile pic. I am not a fan of smoking but somehow you look so sexy in that pic!!:)
What a fun story. Looking back now, you can laugh at her shenanigans, poking your arm and hopping on the back of the limo, but I'm sure that in the moment that whole evening was awful. Maybe "Dina" has calmed down a bit over time.
Are you anybody, Naomi?
I'm here to say YES, YES YOU ARE SOMEBODY!!
Somebody pretty darned special!!!
What a great story...but scary too! Can you imagine if she had fallen off of that car - you would have been terrified!
Thanks for sharing such a great story. You captured feelings that many of us have as young teens, that feeling of wanting to crawl into a hole. And while this was completely YOUR story, it's one we can probably all identify with in some way or another. I loved it. So much that I read through it twice. It's amazing the things we remember from our youth, and many times they are moments and memories of things that embarrass us. Thanks again for sharing. It was a delightful read.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories Naomi.....Bud
A great post Naomi. I would have loved to see the great Tallullah live - I remember her in the film 'Life boat' and you're right- I'm sure she influenced Bette Davis's style. They sure don't make 'em like that anymore.
The experience with Dina must have been scary. I hope she didn't go on to be a stalker; let's hope she grew out of it. I once went to the cinema with a girl I didn't know very well and she nearly drove me batty by constantly opening and closing the metal clasp on her purse - but that was just annoying - not scary.
Hey Naomi! Long time no blog (for me!)...I have been around and writing, just not blogging!! But I did want to send you a H U G E thankyou for the delighful calendar, which I received just before Christmas. My daughter was thrilled looking through all the pics with me, and especially loved the one of Sweetie at the end. You are so thoughful!! Thank you so much - we now have the calendar up in our new study!!
I read this post with some amusement - I had a friend once who I took with me to meet Tom Cruise (long story for another time), anyhoo, he was a very quiet, almost shy person, but soon as he laid eyes on Tom he literally did a 360 and turned into this utterly rabid 'fan' - omg, lol, I didn't know where to look and just wanted to crawl under something, and fast! Tom was very polite and accommodating (unlike your Ms Talluah) but yes, it's quite amazing how the myth of celebrity affects some people (not that I'd be entirely immune were I to ever have met, oh, I don't know, say, Elvis for example, lol - but probably would have been utterly lost for words more than a raving lunatic fool LOL). Anyway, great story and thanks for sharing! I love reading your blog, as always.
a great way to start the morning! thanks for sharing the story, Naomi :-)
She's NUTTY! I'm fascinated by people who have such over the top obsessions with stars...so much so that they would do something like that. To be living a perfectly normal and sane life and then flip out over another human being in such a way that they put themselves in danger and embarrass the heck out of themselves and others? It's so bizarre and fascinating.
There is a farmer in Saskatchewan who has been obsessed with the singer Anne Murray for years and years. He's followed her everywhere and ended up in jail because of it. I know this happens regularly and we read about it often, but this one has stayed with me because I picture this gentleman farmer guy out in his wheat field in his tractor listening to Anne sing her warbling songs and he is zapped by some internal zing...and off he goes in search of???? he leaves his family, his crops, his dog, his life and goes off to follow a woman he's never met before.
What could that childhood friend of yours have wanted in the long run?
thanks for sharing this Naomi...you've given me a puzzle to think about this afternoon as I go about my day.
hmmmmm......now i'm wondering if there is anyone I would go to great depths of humiliation to meet? welllllll........maybe Billy Joel. hahahaha!
What she did was crazy, of course, but fairly tame for what obsessed fans do these days to the objects of their fanaticism!! I can't believe she was only 13 and did that, though. You were both lucky that she was found out before the car sped away.
See? I knew the letter "B" would be great for you!
Hope that she was only a teenager and not thinking and grew out of it ! That kind of obsession must be frightening for famous people to witness/be the target of.
I've loved reading about famous people, but would never dare to approach them, feeling I had no right to, that it was violating their privacy/space.
I loved The Little Foxes. Saw it with Elizabeth Taylor in it and loved that version too...
Hope you had a good week, and have a nice sunny weekend ahead :)
I would have been mortified if I was with someone who did that, I hope it was just a 13 year old hormonal overload moment and Dina got over her obsession quickly lol.
Are you anybody why yes you ARE ! :)
Just reading about this frightened the hell out of me, that some people can really lose their minds over an obsession. It IS scary and embarrassing, disturbing...all those things.
One thing is to admire her work and tell her so if you happen to meet. It's another thing to invade her privacy, stalk her in the rain and jump on the back of her car. My goodness! I can't imagine what it must've been like for you to witness such a thing...and then have to ride the subway with a crazed fan!
I really like the black and white photos you included of Tallulah Bankhead. She'd be fun to sketch.
Interesting story Naomi. I know quite a few famous folks and have seen some odd and scary things as well. It amazes me how truth is stranger than fiction, particularly when it comes to actors/movie stars
Oh dear - bizarre fascination and all that!
I had to laugh to myslef when I read about the hangers on at Stage Door as I ahve witnessed the same thing over here adn also I have been asked more than once if I was anybody or if I was in the play! I have even had people offer me cash to get them inside the theatre (which I always declined) and on one memorable occasion someone offered money to use the same toilet as Michael Ball (big star of musicals over here)!!!
Great story Naomi. I don't think I would have gone back to see something with her either!
Fabulous post! And a perfect tribute for Tallulah Bankhead's 107th birthday which is today! The Dina story is priceless and should be in a screenplay. Am I the only one who admires her spunk even though she is clearly nuts? We must track her down and see what she remembers of her obsession. I guess I get such a kick out of her because that level of fan worshipping was usually reserved for some male heartthrob and I admire her for being so gaga over someone like Tallulah! Great story!
What an interesting remembrance!
Thanks for sharing :)
That was scary and actually I did have a similar experience but with my maid when I was around 13 or so. We went to a film premiere of a local film though I didnt want to go there but my maid wanted someone to go with here being that she is new to the place or the mall where the premiere was gonna be. I gave in and went with here which was actually a wrong move. We didnt manage to see the movie but nevertheless we caught glimpse of the actors/actresses on the elevator. So I told her that we should go home now since they're gone but my maid had to run to the stairs and follow the elevator down to the basement. I had to run after her and when I saw her there she actually climbed at the back of this car where the said actors/actresses were. It was definitely embarrassing!
Even at 13 I think I had more control than that. I've never been one to go overboard when meeting anyone. I see us all as people. Just some are certainly more glamourous and fascinating! And I think I would sweat if Depp walked in a room! Maybe I would be clinging to the back of his car, who knows:) But I can only imagine how embarrased you were!
Tallulah Bankhead is one of my favorites to quote. She was something else!
That can't possibly be a stage name but I can't imagine it as a real name either: Tallulah Bankhead.
I'm not surprised you went on to be an entertainer considering your ealy life.
I felt embarrassed for you friend too and for Tallulah who also acted badly. I think if she couldn't stop she could have at least waved and not said "little fool."
Groupies I guess.
How fortunate you were to get to see all those plays when you were a youngster! I love plays, especially comedy!
This was so interesting to read. I know some fans go overboard and cry and even pass out over the stars. Like for Elvis!! I would have been embarrassed with her too!
Hahahahaha! I can't help it. I just laughed til I cried, picturing your friend clinging to the bumper and what must have surely been quite an expression on your face!
Oh, my God, I'm still chuckling at your story. What a character that Dina was! Now I know where the word "groupie" came from. Imagine being THAT obsessed with a star!
Wanted to ask you....do you still have all the Playbills from every play you attended on Broadway? Believe it or not, I've managed to keep ALL of mine. Have NO clue why...lol But they're very special to ME.
I've never understood this celebrity obsession you describe, but climbing on the car is really over the top. Reminds me of a story about unknown parents of someone associated with a major L.A. awards show. He had obtained tickets for his parents to attend the awards. As they exited a limo at the red carpet where so many cameras were at the ready, a camera person shouted to the father, "Are you somebody?" The father quickly replied, "No, but she is!" referring to his wife. I don't know what the camera people did, but, of course, she wasn't recognizable either. I thought that was a smart funny quick retort coming from this older non-show biz person.
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