HOME | FAMILY TREES | RECOLLECTIONS | STRICTLY SOLVAY | ETC. | READ ALL ABOUT IT
 
It seems to me one drawback of fame is being imposed upon by the media who ask the same — often silly — questions over and over and over. As one whose job had me asking questions, I met several celebrities. Most, bless 'em, handled the questions with patience and grace, others turned the Q&A session into a game (often telling imaginative lies with a straight face), while a few simply said, "That's a stupid question!" and challenged me to smarten up in a hurry. Here, for better or worse, are recollections of some of the interviews:
Dana Andrews: He starred in my all-time favorite film.
John Astin and Marty Ingels: One was Dickens, the other Fenster.
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello: One warm, one chilly.
Barbara Barrie: This interview led to my movie debut.
 
Bill Bixby: Not quite the next Jack Lemmon.
In the beginning: A chimp named Bongo Bailey.
George Burns: I met him long before he was God.
Richard Chamberlain: My sister received a big surprise.
 
Dabney Coleman: His TV shows have a way of disappearing.
Robert Conrad: He really enjoyed tooting his own horn.
Bill Cosby: Things got a bit hectic.
Bob Crane: Who knew he led a secret life?
 
Richard Crenna: He told it like it was.
Ken Curtis: His Festus fooled a lot of viewers.
Bobby Darin: Humbled, but not discouraged.
Richard Deacon: He played the cards he was dealt.
 
Bob Denver: First, I had to get to California.
Richard Egan: It was like catching up with a friend.
Linda Evans: A tale of two women.
Peter Fonda: His gamble paid off.

Anthony Franciosa: Talented, but temperamental.
Zsa Zsa Gabor: All the Kardashians rolled into one.
Beverly Garland: She was a monster magnet.
Jackie Gleason: His publicity stunt topped them all.
 
Merv Griffin: It was all too easy to underrate him.
Patricia Harty: She couldn't miss, but somehow she did.
Dave Ketchum: He grunted, we groaned.
Sue Ane Langdon: The forgotten Alice Kramden.
 
Sheldon Leonard: "Failure" was not in his vocabulary.
Jack Lord: Calling him a perfectionist is an understatement.
George Maharis and Martin Milner: "Route 66" was often bumpy.
Joanna Moore: Oh, what might have been.
 
Mary Tyler Moore: Some called her the weakest link.
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson: Merrily they rolled along.
Pat O'Brien: No wonder he seemed familiar.
Della Reese: An irresistible force.
 
Carl Reiner: He wrote it with himself in mind.
Barbara Rush: Her looks typecast her in melodramas.
Robert Ryan: He needed a ride to work.
Henry Silva: Not just another pretty face.
 
The Three Stooges: Zany, but never dirty.
Barbra Streisand: A diva from day one.
The Supremes: Interview by accident
Dick Van Dyke: He wanted to be a pilot.
 
Jerry Van Dyke: Sleepwalked his way to fame.
Robert Vaughn: He's a better villain than hero.
Ray Walston: There was no scene he couldn't steal.
Betty White: Hotter now than she was then.
Henry Winkler: He has aged, but The Fonz is forever young.
 
Also:
Memorably good, memorably bad: Ten calls I won't forget.
Take five: These interviews had musical interludes.
Kept under wraps: Soap opera actors often remain anonymous.
Young and very lucky: How not to travel to California.
Three comedians: Jackie Mason, Don Adams and Bill Dana
Not Charlie's Angels: Meet the daughters from "Petticoat Junction."
 
HOME CONTACT