Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blind Item #4

This former A+++ list television actress and one of the most well known names to ever be an actress and who will always be well loved tried to walk into a restaurant the other night and be seated. The place was packed and she had no reservation. She was with one other person. Our actress talked to three different people at the place and no one had ever heard of her. When it became clear that star power was not going to get her a table, our actress, graceful as ever thanked them and walked out. One patron who saw it happen said it almost made him cry to watch it. It was the most awkward scene he had ever witnessed.

83 comments:

Patty said...

Mary Tyler Moore?

camembert said...

Susan Lucci?

Jules_345 said...

Oh that's a great guess, I was thinking Suzanne Somers but I don't think she would rate all the +++

KPeony said...

Betty White?

jes7o said...

I read it as Mary Tyler Moore as well....

sandybrook said...

Carol Burnett or MTM.

skimpymist said...

Betty white

g.strathmore said...

Oh well. That's the entertainment biz.

Patty said...

Betty is on TV now...2 shows.

timebob said...

god damn Y Generation, no respect for their A+++ list elders!

Nutty_Flavor said...

Mary Tyler Moore has had extensive plastic surgery. I would not be surprised if she was difficult to recognize, even if the servers at the restaurant were familiar with her work.

HalleGoLightly said...

At least she didn't throw a fit like these kids today.

tara17 said...

I was thinking Mary Tyler Moore as well, with the A+++ and "gracious as ever". Probably a bunch of teens working in the restaurant.

Honeykatt said...

i originally thought betty white but the mary tyler moore guess sounds perfect! plus betty white is somewhat still current.

caralw said...

Plastic surgery aside, not knowing a name is different than not knowing a face.

MadLyb said...

MTM was my first thought, too.

Amartel said...

Why is this awkward and sad? Person goes to crowded restaurant and has to leave because there's no room for her party. Is there a shortage of restaurants? The underlying presumption here seems to be that we, the ungrateful TV viewing public, are obligated to recognize and make way for our betters, TV actors.
Sorry but ... no.
And this is in no way a slap at the TV actress who is obviously a class act. But what did she do, really, that anyone else with manners would not have done?

Turkish Taffy said...

MTM is my first guess. Classy lady, but her face is changed from plastic surgery.

Snapdragon said...

"Who will always be well loved"--and she demonstrates why. Good for whoever this is (agree, sounds MTMish).

Maybe it was awkward because she looked/acted slightly embarrassed at not being recognized?

Amber said...

I feel like Mary Tyler Moore is a great fit here, because her show (which is still syndicate today) was named after her. I don't think your name can be more well-known than that!

Just to toss another option out there, Phylicia Rashad.

Susan said...

Mary Tyler Moore, def.

Roman Holiday said...

So what't the big deal? she was gracious and isn't that what we always want from our celebs?

msgirl said...

Armatel - the point is that most every famous person would throw a fit because of their narcissism but obviously this person still knows she's just a human being. Like all of us. And it's kind of sad that MTM is no longer a household name, she's a classic.


Of course I grew up watching the Dick Van Dyke show and the MTM show = and I thought 30 was SO OLD, now look at me! :)

Ms Cool said...

It is still annoying that she tried to use star power to get in.

The BLS said...

Joan Collins? Linda Evans?

LC said...

I'm with you Ms Cool. Isn't it just rude to try and get in front of people who have reservations?

The BLS said...

What about Patty Duke?

ms snarky said...

I agree with MTM guess, but my child knows who she is. I made her watch Nick at Nite with me!

t.lynnk said...

How can u be one of the most well known, but 3 people in a restaurant don't know u?

msgirl said...

Yeah it is a bit rude. I wonder if I was in that position and using my name would get me in a crowded restaurant that I really wanted to go to and I was starving, would I?

eek!

Smokey772 said...

wow, it never ceases to amaze me how I'll read a blind with one person in mind and then I open up the comments, and i'm just WRONG with a slap to the face.

Read it as Heather Locklear but Mary makes more sense.

Mooshki said...

This isn't like butting in line for an iPhone. I think the restaurant patrons get more out of dining "with" a celebrity than the celebrity gets out of jumping the queue.

Jolene Jolene said...

Mary Tyler Moore is kind of the only option here. No one else fits that description.

And whatever, timebob! Not all Gen Y-ers are unaware of the great MTM! My parents taught me well! My dad ALWAYS made me watch Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke with him just so I knew good television.

hunter said...

Susan Lucci was my first guess.

Basil said...

Mary was my first guess reading the blind and glad to see I wasn't alone. So glad to hear whoever it was didn't have a tantrum.

BTW, I am guessing the resteraunt may not have been in Hollywood or New York, which is why she didn't get recognized.

Rickatoo said...

Carol Burnett?

Topper Madison said...

The "loved" line first made me think of Lucy. Then I sadly remembered she died.

Then I read it as Sally Field (Gidget, The Flying Nun, "You really like me!")

I recently met a 22-year old who didn't know who Cary Grant was, so...that smarted.

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Karen said...

@Topper, my guess was Sally Field, too, but I can't imagine people not knowing her. Forrest Gump and Mrs. Doubtfire, anyone?

The BLS said...

I like my Patty Duke guess, but Carol Burnett is also a good guess. I would recognize both of them before Mary Tyler Moore...

sandybrook said...

Sally's on Tv and Oscar nominated if she was refused and not recognized someones head should roll at the restaurant.

ethorne said...

Lol, they almost cried? What the hell, the place was packed, what do you expect? Go to Burger King, there's always a seat.

CrazyCatLady said...

Just to be different Candice Bergen.

lifeiscrazy said...

I interpreted the fact that the patron almost cried was because it was so sad that these 3 people didn't seem to even know who MTM was, i.e., its a sad time when beloved icons names don't even ring a bell. Not that it was sad she didn't get seated when there was no availability/reservation.

Tigercat said...

It's possible for a celeb to be in an eatery and not recognized by the other patrons.

I once served Robert De Niro. After he left, I turned to my co-workers and said, "Whoa! Can you believe it?!" None of them recognized him. There was only one customer who did. He is probably the most famous of people who crossed my path but there were other actors/celebs that managed to escape detection too, although LA is very scene-y and sycophant-y.

But the name mentions, well, time waits for no one. Fame is rarely a forever thing. If it is MTM (who I adore) then at least she exited graciously.

tealily said...

Angela Lansbury or Mary Tyler Moore?

Del Riser said...

I think either Mary Tyler Moore or Carol Burnett. Both loved and adored and had their names on their shows.

She acted calmly and with grace left the restaurant. Not many of the new stars would have done the same.

Many of us on this site know lots of the older stars of TV and movies as well as who is currently a big thing. From talking to my younger friends if it didn't happen in the last three months it isn't worth knowing. Yesterday seems to be a foreign concept to many, they are living in the now and tomorrow.

Amber said...

@Tigercat - I get that. Sometimes celebs just look way different in person. They're smaller/skinnier/less makeup/etc. My fav person ever to see was Christopher Walken. I was staying @ Chateau Marmont, and my mom and I were having breakfast in the garden. Out comes Walken to sit on a bench across the way and read the paper; hair crazy and sweatpants pulled up to his pecs.

Mary Ann said...

Whoever she was, she is A Star. She has grace and class. No wonder she is much-loved.

msgirl said...

I never recognize celebs until an hour later. They do look very different in real life, with no make up, and dressed down.

yawnathon said...

Glad she was gracious, but a patron almost crying over her not being seated or recognized? Maybe my emotional dial is set wrong but I almost (and do) cry at injustices against people and animals. I wouldn't worry too much about a celeb missing a meal.

Also, if said patron cared THAT MUCH, why didn't he speak up for her or invite her to sit with him or her?

Angela said...

At least, a BI that won't get people guessing it's Lindsay Lohan...

Elle said...

I hope I don't sound like an asshole but the whole 'star power' thing to get special treatment is so ridiculous anyway. If I wait 30 mins for a table and someone comes in with their entourage and suddenly I get bumped back, I don't care who they are. We are all humans with a need to eat. Sorry for whoever this is because it must hurt the ego :(

Gina said...

Just to be different... Marlo Thomas. THAT GIRL just a thought

nunaurbiz said...

The clue "one of the most well known names" stands out to me and doesn't quite fit the guesses so far. To me, that's as if her name preceded her, like from a famous family. Maybe Marlo Thomas, but she is still on TV with St. Jude commercials and I dunno if she was really A+++ with That Girl...?

Hmmmm

Sherry said...

Don't think it's Mary Tyler Moore because she is in a wheelchair and is not walking in or out of any restaurant.

AndyCane said...

Agreed! Don't we usually bitch when someone uses the "Don't you know who I am?" method? But for reason here we're suppose to feel bad for this person. They went into a crowded restaraunt sanz reservation and couldn't get seated. Welcome to life

Shit You Can't Buy said...

@nunaurbiz : I agree. I don't know who most of the who everyone mentions are, not really A+++ imo. But could also be because I am not American and they were from before my time.

crila16 said...

Carol Burnett?

Shit You Can't Buy said...

What about Jessica Lange? Is on American Horror Story and a legend because she has multiple Oscars and was the girl in King Kong (haha)! From what I've heard she is pretty shy, humble and sweet irl, which fits the 'Gracious' thing. She is a TV actress now, but before she was mostly movie. Not sure if it will fit, but it's a try.

Or an actress who played Grace Kelly in a movie/show- for some reason that was the first thing I thought of when reading 'gracious'.
*back to google*

Gil said...

A+++ list television actress can only be Mary Tyler Moore.

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Shit You Can't Buy said...

And what about Cheryl Ladd? She was on Charlie's Angels (replaced Farrah F.)and even had her own barbiedoll back in the day.

She also played Grace Kelly (hence graceful) in a tv movie. And her career is (only?) Tv.

I am not from the 70's, so no idea how big she actually was back then haha, got this info from IMDB.

mannyv said...

I thought Lucille Ball. She's dead, which why nobody would have recognized her when she walked in.

Jeri said...

Agree with MTM. Don't know about real life but Susan Lucci always played a b-tch, so well loved doesn't bring her to mind for me.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

It doesn't seem rude that she tried. Even though it was packed, there might have been room for two people, or they might have been able to fit them in somehow without bumping someone else. Rude would have been pitching a fit and demanding a seat regardless.

Mannyv - LOL! I think you got it!

Maxine Alisha said...

I get quite a few famous people where I work in London, KiKi Drunkst (most recent), J Depp,Gyllenhaal, Orlando Bloom, Brian May, David Attenborough. I'm the only person who ever recognises them. My colleagues are like "oh yeahhh" after i point them out.
And I'm pretty sure Damian Lewis stalks me. He came to Gap a few times...then baby gap and now to my new work which is totally different from the Gap!

feraltart said...

Maxine, is Damien hot off screen, does he smell good & how is his breath?

JSierra said...

Maxine spill! I want all the juicy details!

scratchy kitty said...

Applause! Applause!
And if this is MTM, good! As a proud Gen X'er who was a captive audience for both the Dick Van Dyke show and Mary's show growing up I never thought she was funny. All she ever did on both shows was whine. I can totally see why Gen Y wouldnt recognize her.

NaughtyNurse said...

Angela Lansbury

mygeorgie said...

Loni Anderson

cricket said...

Maybe the patron was sad because there are hardly any talented and polite TV stars in this generation.Someone with talent and class from TV is not noticed,but if one of The Fake HouseWhores of Beverly Hills or a KarTRASHian or a Teen Monster came in everyone would know them. I think it might be Carol Burnett.

Agent**It said...

Agree with Sherry, MTM is very ill and not out and about anymore.

Lelaina Pierce said...

So glad this didn't turn into a "Don't you know who I am?" story.

Mark said...

What about Jean Stapleton? Edith Bunker is one of my all-time favorite TV characters.

Maxine Alisha said...

Damien (& Helen) are lovely. Always so polite. This spans over like 7/8 years so he did a lot of period dramas so I knew who he was because I used to watch them with my mum. Last I saw him was just after Homeland season 1 aired.
I work at the British Library so J.Depp came in to use the reading rooms and look at maps for POC. Bloom had a meeting. Kiki came in to see the On The Road manuscript (very puffy face).

Maxine Alisha said...

@feraltart Yes! Very charming, draws you in and makes you feel all giggly. He smells good. Unlike Michael Sheen who has the worst breath EVER! I don't know how Rachel McAdams can even go there!!!!

Err said...

Normally I am annoyed when someone says what I am about to say but.... why is this even a blind???

Diana G said...

Wow! That's so cool that you've seen Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom! They are both my celeb crushes!!!

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

Ridiculous that so few seem to remember that MTM is quite ill and there's no way this could be her!!!

Lady Godiva said...

I know who MTM is mainly because I grew up watching her show, but what some of you don't understand is how we shouldn't blame this generation for not knowing her, or anyone "Famous" doing our time. How can we blame them? I don't know a lot of stars/shows today, does that make me a bad person? I grew up in the late eighties, early nineties (Incase you ask, I watched her shows on tape), and I don't know many shows during my parents' time, and my parents don't know a lot of what went on during my grandparents'. Every "Celebrity" or trend/song of the moment come and go, we either dwell on it and get angry with every new generation that fails at knowing every single detail about our generation or we can live with it. We all have preferences, we all go through different eras, let them be. Sorry, had to rant. Anyway, I think whoever the actress was, she sounds lovely

Sara said...

Julie Andrews