Sly Stallone. Met him in midtown Manhattan with his wife. He was in a massive crowd of people and he politely escorted me to an opening in the sidewalk where we could take a picture together. His wife took the photo on a disposable and they were both LOVELY. Chatty. Friendly.
Alternatively, Dustin Hoffman was a major dick.
Which BROKE my little heart.
Joan Allen also is among the nicest woman I have ever met and she is freaking gorgeous. Like beyond words. She is the most elegant yet down to earth person. And she told me I was a sweetheart once a month for a few months whenever her kid came into my former workplace.
Women* Blah! Typos!!
I also parked Sigourney Weaver's car once. She too was a total gem.

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