My experience with Elke Sommer was completely opposite. Almost uncomfortably so!
She was actually almost too nice and affectionate when I met her! I got way too many hugs and kisses from her. Of course, truth be told, if she had looked like she did in the 60’s when I met her…I wouldn’t have cared one bit! ha ha! Terrible for me to say that, I know…
I encountered Robert Stack many years ago when he was doing an appearance for UNSOLVED MYSTERIES in Oklahoma. As my girlfriend and I approached him, he held up his hands and in a stern voice that was as close to yelling as it could be without actually yelling said: “I am here to work not socialize. Leave me alone!”.
This just proves that celebrities are just people like the rest of us. They have their good days and their bad days. Some days they are divas and gentlemen, others not so much.
I have luckily been blessed with many opportunities to meet and work with a vast number of celebrities from the film and music industries throughout my life. I don’t know if I could really make a complete list.
But, I can safely say with the exceptions of Robert Stack, Wilfred Brimley, and maybe one or two others—they have all been wonderful, warm people, for the most part and my experiences have been very pleasurable. In some cases I have made long lasting friendships from these encounters.
Standout experiences, for me include meeting Aldo Sanbrell, LQ Jones, Henry Darrow, Enzo Castellari and his son Andrea Girolami, Powers Boothe, David McCallum, Jane Russell, David Carradine (whom I really miss), Joe Strummer, Chrissie Hynde, Dan van Husen, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Michael Biehn, Joanna Pacula, Mariette Hartley, Barbara Luna, Linda Cristal, and so many more.
I don’t know if you can say that I actually “met” him, but I have seen Clint Eastwood in person twice.
The first time was when he was in Austin, TX during the time they were shooting A PERFECT WORLD.
I saw him in a hotel. I said, “Hello, Mr. Eastwood. How are you?”. He said, “Doing fine. How are you?”. “Great”, I replied. “Good”, he said, then he was gone. The whole time he had the friendliest smile on his face.
The second Eastwood encounter was when he zipped passed me on the sidewalk outside of the hotel in Beverly Hills where they were holding the Golden Boot Awards. Again, he was smiling and seemed to be in a pleasant mood; but, no words were exchanged.
Like I said, I have been extremely lucky!
PS= I once nearly stepped on and/or knocked over Mickey Rooney at the Golden Boot Awards in 2004!