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How Rebecca Romijn's Father Greeted Her Boyfriends
Lucky boys who dated Rebecca Romijn in high-school were often surprised by her father's efforts to put them at ease. "When they used to pick me up," she once recalled, "Dad would open the front door... completely naked." [Though her parents were "anti-establishment" Rebecca never became a pothead: "I had nothing to rebel against. Kids at my school became preppies—just to rebel against their hippie parents."]
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Theater Mgr Lilian Baylis Discourages Romance
The famed theater manager Lilian Baylis vehemently discouraged romances between performers in her companies. When a young actor and actress visited her office hand in hand one day, Baylis ignored them for some time before looking up from her desk. "Well," she finally asked, "what is it?" "We're in love, Miss Baylis," the actor tentatively began, "and we—ah—want to get married." "Go away," Baylis barked. "I haven't got time to listen to gossip!"
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Centre Island Road
Billy Joel and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, a former risk manager from Northport, NY, met at a restaurant in Huntington, where they were dining with separate groups of friends. Joel introduced himself, got Roderick's number, and later phoned her from across the restaurant and asked if she could give him a ride home. "I always try to go out with North Shore girls," he later joked. "They usually have a car." Roderick drove Joel to his home on Centre Island. He invited her in to hear him play. She declined; he played anyway—Rachmaninoff—a move he got from "The Seven Year Itch." "It was like he couldn't not be 'Billy Joel' at that moment," she later recalled. He "may have gotten ...
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Date with Destiny?
On April 11, 1917, Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin called the U.S. consul in Switzerland and spoke with Allen Dulles (then a junior diplomat). Russia, Lenin explained, was contemplating withdrawing from World War I and signing a treaty with the Germans. Dulles, who had a big date that evening, asked Lenin to call back in the morning, when the office officially re-opened. Incredibly, Lenin's message was never delivered to Washington... [The negligent Dulles was later named chief of the CIA—and was forced to resign after the Cuban Bay of Pigs fiasco.] [Churchill's verdict of John Foster Dulles? "Dull, Duller, Dulles."]
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Age Issue
During an appearance on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in June 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked by his host whether he had had trouble training for his role in Terminator 3. "I know what this is about—the age issue," Schwarzenegger playfully proclaimed. "I'm 55 years old... It's an awkward age," he admitted. "You're thirty years too young to date Anna Nicole Smith, but you're thirty years too old to date Demi Moore!" [Moore, then 41, had begun dating 25-year-old Ashton Kutcher. (See also Ashton Kutcher.)]
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When Your Date Lights Your Cigarette
Kelly from South Africa told the following first date story on The Graham Norton Show:I was really nervous and the guy comes and he was gorgeous. And he sits down & takes a cigarette. And I thought I was so cool and I offered to light it for him... And I light the cigarette and he turns his face, and his hair suddenly caught on fire. So I tried to distract him, like, 'Look! There's your mom,' or whatever. And he looks and I was trying to blow it out. And he was wearing so much gel in his hair, it started to smell, and sparks were flying. Literally it was, like, in flames by this point, but he didn't ...
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When Talulah Riley Told Her Family About Elon Musk
After a night out in London in June 2008, actress Talulah Riley called her family to tell them about an interesting man she had met who ran companies building rockets and electric cars. Her father, a former head of England's National Crime Squad, promptly opened his computer & conducted a background check. Elon Musk, it seemed, was married, with five young children. Though her father reprimanded Talulah for being a fool, she agreed to have dinner with Musk but brought along a friend, actress Tamsin Egerton, for moral support. After sitting down, Riley waited to see what, if anything, Musk would say about his family, and was pleased to learn that he had already filed for a divorce. The couple ...
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Young Glenn Frey - If Your Guitar Had Tits
As a Teenager growing up in Michigan, Glenn Frey loved rock and roll and women—in that order. "Glenn," his mother once told him, "if your guitar had tits and an ass, you'd never date another girl!"  [Fun fact: The Eagles evolved from a band called Teen King and the Emergencies.]
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A Spontaneous Kiss In A Restaurant
Yazmin from Kingston, England told the following story, about a dinner date with a "really fit bloke," on The Graham Norton Show:I decided to have a starter and asked for some garlic bread and I didn't realize it but he leant over spontaneously for a snog and I belched straight in his mouth. And he asked me out for a second date.
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Lauren Bacall: Men
Uma Thurman was once seated at a benefit gala beside the legendary Lauren Bacall. "There aren't enough men here," Thurman remarked half-jokingly. Bacall's reply? "Story of my life!"