After two months of living and breathing Stand Up To Cancer, the amazing telecast happened today and luckily I was there to see it happen. After hearing so many personal stories of how cancer has affected so many people, it was great ending with such a spectacular event, although I cried some more. Granted the work isn't done yet, but still the big day is no longer looming. Did you watch, did you like it?
Anyway, early in the afternoon at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, as rehearsals were going on onstage, I was up in the press room seeing the different celeb personalities share their stories on the red carpet. Let me start with the stars that I had a personal experiences with.
One of my favorites. If you asked me who are the three celebs I'd most want to meet, I'd respond with Katharine Hepburn, which is obviously not going to happen, Robert DeNiro, who I luckily saw earlier this year at Tribeca Film Festival and Jennifer Aniston. As Jennifer was leaving I bravely followed her, noting that she nodded and smiled at the security guards that said hello to her as she walked by, so I took the chance and asked, "Jennifer can I get a picture with you?" and she kindly said sure. So not only did I speak to her I got to put my arm around her tiny little waist. I also told her that I used to have a Friends Newsletter, I'm sure she had no idea what I was talking about but I told her how I was so excited and probably mumbled a few other things, but I have no recollection now. Wow!
The Nanny named Fran was the second celeb that I was most excited to see at the show, so I couldn't let the chance pass by and not attempt to talk to her. I said the first thing that came to mind. "The Nanny wasn't on Lifetime this morning, I usually watch it when I'm getting ready for work." She did her infamous laugh and said "Yeah, my parents were complaining about that." Wearing a Cancer Schmancer button she went on to say that The Nanny will now be on Nick at Nite. I guess I'll be tuning in there instead. But how sad that when I was growing up Nick at Nite used to run I Love Lucy and Green Acres episodes and now it's airing Family Matters and The Nanny?
As she waited to enter the press conference stage, I couldn't help but notice how high her heels were and feel the pain of my significantly lower heels, so I said to her "Your feet must be killing you" and she motioned with her fingers and said "a little bit," but conveying with her face that she meant a LOT. Very sweet and down to earth.
Was being very sweet and patiently waited his turn to address the press, with which he shared the fact that his mother died 30 years ago of cancer. Terrible.
I rode up in the elevator with the Little Miss Sunshine actress, who was wearing cute little cowboy boots with fringe hanging off of it. She handled the press line like a pro and on her shirt under the 'In Memory Of' Stand Up To Cancer shirt was the hand written name of "Grandpa Larry" who unfortunately died of cancer.
I kept staring at him trying to figure out how I knew him when it hit me, he was in The Wackness, which I reviewed earlier this summer. I asked him if he was really from New York and he said he was and I told him I was too and we then quickly discussed locations. I also asked if we could take a photo together.
I didn't get to speak to her, but I loved looking at the Alias hottie, who was glowing and showing her baby bump.
Neil Patrick Harris
He nodded at me and looked like he was about to speak to me but was being led away.
He kept making the press laugh.
This Desperate Housewives actress who I'll always remember from an episode of Moonlighting and the movie Housesitter, taped her mammogram for the show. I liked her glasses.
The cameramen kept yelling out congratulations to her on her marriage, but she sped through the press line in her sneakers pretty quickly.
Easily stood a foot taller than everyone on the press line.
A cancer survivor and recent mother who said this her first time away from her baby.
I also saw upclose: Sugarland, Sheryl Crow and her baby, Salma Hayek, Christina Ricci, Rob Lowe, Gary Shandling, Patrick Swayze, Zachary Levi and Julia Louis Dryfus, just didn't get pics. Yes, I'm totally name dropping but it was a lot of stars in one night.
And lastly, here's a photo of me up in the second mezzanine where I was seated once the show started:
Also if you want a Stand Up To Cancer/SU2C shirts like the ones worn by the stars above go to their CafePress.com page.