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Darnell for signing and he seemed still so unsure of how it will work or if it will ever get off the ground. Cameron chimed in as a Prospect Park cheerleader, assuring fans that it will happen. After fans asked questions, the guys then asked us questions, about the show for prizes (the "Who Did JR Shoot?" t-shirt autographed by all the guys). And then fans got to stump the actors for the same prize.
The best part of the night, for me anyway, was when the guys got to tell behind the scenes stories. Both Walt and Michael had hilarious stories about Ruth Warrick (Phoebe), with Walt's being my favorite story of the night. Of course I'm paraphrasing here and going by memory, but the gist of it was that during Cliff and Nina's wedding, on location. Walt was just an extra at the time. The venue was very strict and had a ton of rules about what they could and could not do and the director of the venue gave a big speech about no smoking, no eating, no drinking etc... Ruth Warrick looked at the venue representative and said, "If the sofa's have slipcovers can we f**k on them?" Oh to have been there to hear that!
Michael's story about Ruth was much different. Apparently she was a notorious, um, well I can't really say this delicately so I'll just say it, farter. Everyone knew it, everyone ignored it. It was just Ruth being Ruth. But when there were visitors to the set, they didn't know how to handle it! Case in point, Ian Buchanan (ex-Dr. Madden) was visiting Finola Hughes (ex-Anna) on the set one day and Ruth went by tooting her way along. Michael recalls the hilarious look of absolute confusion that Ian experienced seeing the legendary Ruth Warrick farting her way across the stage! Years later when Ian returned, this time as Dr. Madden, Michael asked him if he remembered that visit to the set, and he did... oh boy did he ever!
Vincent recalled a not so pleasant first meeting with James Mitchell (Palmer) while Vincent was still on Guiding Light. They were sharing a car to take them to an event and Vincent was very late, making James wait in the car for however long it was. Years later when Vincent joined AMC he asked James if he remembered him, and James very distinctly said to him, "Oh yes, I remember you." But they did become great friends after that.
Michael and Walt recalled the trouble James Mitchell and Ruth Warrick had once teleprompters were taken out. Michael said that Ruth still always looked in the spot where they were, even years after they were taken out, even though she knew her lines. James on the other hand would write his lines on index cards and hide them all over the set that he would be filming in. To mess with him, Michael and others, would take the cards and mix them up and change their locations. Then James would be wondering around and muttering... "no, that's not right" until he found the correct card!
Michael also told a funny story about Eileen Herlie (Myrtle). During a Crystal Ball scene, which took many many hours to film and often went well into the night, Michael was in the background with Eileen for part of the shoot. She kept pointing to his teeth very casually and subtly. Michael assumed that he had something in his teeth and kept trying to get it out and then showing her. She just kept pointing back at his teeth. At the end of the scene he asked her what was wrong and she replied, "Oh nothing, I was just bored so I thought I'd f**k with you."
David Canary. He spoke of how much he absolutely loved working with him. They all loved hearing the stories they had to tell of old Hollywood.
Once the first part of night was over, there was a short intermission and then we were ushered back in for the meet and greet. Unfortunately this part didn't go as well. It was chaotic and disorganized. Having been to my share of events, I took it in stride. They promised everyone would get their chance to meet each of the stars, so you have to trust that it will happen. It did. It may not have been the dream meeting some had in mind, but it did happen nonetheless. The night went well over the time it was scheduled to end. It was the first of the events, and as always there are problems that need to be ironed out.
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