Sophia Loren outside the Royal Ontario Museum. A friend and I went to see the Egypt exhibit and stopped at the ice cream truck outside for some soft serve when we noticed the news crews and photographers. A limo pulls up and there she was, in her devastatingly gorgeous glory.
Robin Williams just crossing the street, not too far from the ROM actually. I remember it was my birthday and I was meeting my sister. I was crossing the street and noticed some paparazzi types, I looked over in time to see Mr. Williams.
And Hiddles at a coffee shop in the entertainment district area during TIFF. I was on my way to a job interview, otherwise I would've freaked out properly. In hindsight, it was probably a good thing I had somewhere I needed to be. I was struck by how very gracious he is with his fans.
Too many to name. But my most favorite encounter happened 1973, en route from Tokyo to Los Angeles. You see Kittens, I was a Pan Am stewardess in the 70's. Traveling first class were director Sydney Pollack and movie star Robert Mitchum. They had just completed shooting The Yakuza in Japan and were on their way 'home'. Mr Mitchum had a large painting he'd purchased, and asked me to "take care of it babe". So, I stowed it away carefully in the back of the first class coat closet in the nose of the 747.About 4 hours into the flight, Mr. Mitchum approached me to thank me for taking care of him and his belongings. He was so drunk it was a miracle he could walk & talk at the same time. Drunk or not, he was so handsome, I just stood in reverence.Without warning, he grabbed me in his arms and open mouth kissed me in front of the entire first class cabin.Again, I just stood there.He promptly sat back down in his seat, and fell asleep.When Mr. Mitchum awoke, he apparently felt less drunk and less amorous. He was sweet as he could be.This is my favorite celebrity encounter because it is the most ridiculously funny.