Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today's Blind Items - The French Quarter - A Reader Blind

It was a typical Louisiana spring 20 years ago. Hot, humid, and rainy most afternoons. I was separated from my husband at the time, so to earn extra income, I took a low paying job as payroll manager for a security guard company. Yet I got the greatest perks of any job I would ever have before or after. You see, occasionally we would provide guard services for movies filming in the area. And the jovial owner (now R.I.P.)  allowed me to act as an unpaid 'supervisor' on some sets. When we got a call one day for services on a major studio production which would star my favorite adolescent heartthrob I'll call TM I just knew this was one I HAD to "work" on. I had even kissed the famous denim jacketed poster on my wall and now I had the chance to see him in person? Hell, yeah, I was going! 
The movie was a fictionalized account based on a Permanent A++ celebrity's rise to international fame in spite of his weakness for a certain something.  The first filming location in NOLA was a Friday night near the French Quarter on the Moonwalk. I and some guards got there about 5 for a 6 pm shift change. The pivotal scene they were shooting that date was going to be a night one, but setup can take hours. I walked around talking to our other guards who were out there already to ask what and who they'd seen. Of course I had to ask if they had seen my permanent A list former teen idol anywhere or if they knew when he'd show up. I don't exactly have a quiet voice so in spite of the hubbub a cameraman overheard me and said, "He's off tonight. He's not in this scene." My heart sank.  When the guy saw my face he said, "But most of the main cast will be filming at Oak Alley (Plantation) tomorrow." Well now I knew what my Saturday's plans would involve! I decided to see the sights and enjoy the evening for a while. I did see the now deceased A++ award nominated/winning director talking to an assistant on the levee. Didn't recognize anyone else. Right as it was getting dark, it started to drizzle. I noticed a lot of the crew was heading toward the closed off parking lot of a Catholic church/school with a lot of food trucks inside. I was told that anyone with the crew was welcome, so I and a cop friend headed there. The rain was really starting to come down by then. My mind was blown when I saw what was being served from those trucks. There was LOBSTER, Chateaubriand, gumbo, hot dogs, etouffee, salads, baked Alaska, almost everything you could imagine or desire. You just walked around with your plates and it was served up, to be eaten inside the school cafeteria. While I was in the steak line, a limo pulled into the lot and stopped. I saw the driver jump out, pop open an umbrella and say something to the passenger. I then hear a very familiar drawl say, "Tony, I learned to hold an umbrella and get my own food 40 odd years ago, son. You do NOT need to do it for me. Go park this thing and come get some supper honey!"  The rain was slacking off, so the umbrella was left in the car, and the incredibly talented A++ mega-award nominated/winning actress in most formats gets out and walks over near the food line I was in. Let's call her AW. On her way she's saying " Hows it going Jake? " or "Hey Sue!" - just friendly small talk with assistants, bit players, electricians, etc. I was just amazed at how "normal" she was.  I went inside the cafeteria a few minutes later to sit at a table where I saw some of the guards. I told them who I'd seen outside. And as if on cue, she came through the door being held open by a guy in coveralls. Had her hands full, and came and sat down at the long table right next to ours. She was the only star I recognized in the room, just sitting surrounded by "regular folk". I avoided staring, but couldn't help overhear. She was telling someone how she didnt want to eat in her damn trailer, just felt like getting out and about before she had to do her scenes. Obviously she seemed more at home amongst blue collar workers than Hollywood elites. Though I loved her movies before that evening (especially that particular tasty named one almost all Southern females adore) I suddenly became a huge admirer of this down to earth famous woman sitting a few feet away. Though I didn't want to bother her for an autograph like a few people did,  I timed my own eating so I finished just as she was getting up. I threw away my stuff and as she headed for the doors, I held it open. Then I got my nerve and said, "Miss ----, I'm DP with XYZ Security. I have to say, you are one of my favorite actresses and its been an honor just to eat dinner in the same place. Hope you're enjoying it here" She looked at me, grinned and said, "Oh D, been in New Orleans so many times, just love it here! And thank YOU by the way." I replied puzzled, " For what?" "For not saying you're my number one fan..." We both laughed so loud people turned to look. She patted me on the shoulder and went back out in the night to Tony who was waiting near the doorway with the car.  I was thrilled later on when this role merited her more major awards/nominations since I was "there" when she did it.  It turned out to be a great time even if I hadn't seen TM. But I still might have my chance at Oak Alley...

41 comments:

DonnaMarie said...

The movie is Primary Colours about Bill Cinton.

supapimp said...

Geez. Paragraph breaks, please.

DonnaMarie said...

John Travolta as the heartthrob *gag*
Mike Nicols the director.

sandybrook said...

Emma Thompson for he A++ actress then

whichWay? said...

Travoltra

MontanaMarriott said...

Kathy Bates as A++++ actress

sandybrook said...

And Diane Ladd for the nice restaurant actress

JezebelinHell said...

Kathy Bates for the actress (Fried Green Tomatoes being the "tasty" film)

MontanaMarriott said...

With Fried Green Tomatoes being the "tasty" movie all Southern Females adore.

Brayson87 said...

Did Primary Colors have that awful scene with the pinball machine in the skeezy bar?

CrazyBitch said...

Kathy Bates for the actress, Fried Green Tomatoes for the movie Southern women love?

Sign Name Below said...

Kathy Bates in Primary Colors

JezebelinHell said...

AW = Ann Wilkes, her character in Misery

ladybugmo1 said...

Kathy Bates was my first thought as well.

Sign Name Below said...

About A++ Bill Clinton's rise to the presidency

Kerry Carnell said...

Kathy Bates as the A++ actress in the cafeteria-tasty movie was Fried Green Tomatoes, and the bit about being her "number one fan" was a reference to Misery. Movie was Primary Colors. And Travolta had to have been the heartthrob.

Temi said...

Yep -
AW - Kathy Bates (Annie Wilkes - Misery), Fried Green Tomatoes
TM - John Travolta (Tony Manero - Saturday Night Live)
Primary Colors
Director Mike Nichols

Good story.

Sign Name Below said...

And "I'm your number one fan" from Misery.

Nubian Princess said...

Kathy Bates. No doubt. Primary Colors fits. Nice work guys!

americanpanda said...

Had the pleasure of running into Kathy Bates at a random place where my co workers and I were having drinks and she was having dinner with her husband. We recognized her and tried to not stare but when she was done with dinner she came by and said hello and chatted with us for about 15 minutes. SO funny and down to earth. She didn't have to do that.

LJNDawson said...

I had that Travolta poster when I was a kid. Denim jacket, blue background, all coordinated with the eyes. Called it as soon as you described the poster, and then the Kathy Bates hints made it easy.

Sal Salington said...

I guess enty got tired of inventing stories about the plague and cancer injections.

gabthetired said...

Could the actress be Jessica Tandy possibly?

Phelps said...

Wall of text isn't legible.

Rock The Catwalk said...

"For not saying you're my number one fan..." Thats a line from Misery that Kathy Bates recites.

I read her interaction in this post as her character Jo from The Office. So glad to hear she is one of the nice ones. I bet she'd be a blast to hang out with!

Randyman said...

Bates for sure what a nice story

rebekah balan said...

If it was emma thompson, they would have said foreign born, no? I think its kathy bates

Muckduck said...

Kathy Bates! ❤❤❤

Maude Labowski said...

These are the blinds I live for

Dusty Fairy said...

Great story! I loved Fried Green Tomatoes!

MichiganMama59 said...

I used to date a guy who looked like Travolta, only cuter. He was truly a beautiful specimen.

bianca said...

I don't recall, but anytime I see "pinball machine" and "skeezy bar" I think of The Accused.

Kno Won Uno said...

Absolutely!

Elizabeth S. said...

When I read of her saying, "I learned to carry my own umbrella 40 years ago....." I totally heard the voice of Jo.

Kno Won Uno said...

Thank god.

Atomic City said...

I've been a reader for years and finally decided to comment. I really enjoy the reader submissions, it's a nice break from pedophile or political blinds. Between undergrad and grad school I worked as a flight attendant for charter company. My days working with film and music industry celebs and athletes were definitely my favorite. It's super cool to read the accounts of others.
Also, Muckduck, you have a GREAT name!

Poor Mick said...

...you know if you want an extra set of eyes on retain to proofread, you only need to ask. I have very competitive rates.

Poor Mick said...

(Very nice story, though!)

Court b said...

I was thinking Julia Roberts, the pelican brief, steal magnolias

Court b said...

But clearly bates

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Cool story, I had no idea she got “I’m your #1 fan” a lot. LOL.

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