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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Blame Game

One more "rehash".. the first one you can blame CJ for mentioning DeForest to me and then I found that photo while looking for something else.. so it was partly fate, partly CJ lol...

Then Pamela said something in comments..

Pamela said...

and a lovely rehash it was!
He must have thought the world of you and your antics.
(He was humble, tho - and probably didn't think he deserved it.)

I'm thinking ....Pam knew De! ? !

He really was humble and he had no great ego to stroke like some other actors I know. (one in particular that he worked with quite a bit..heh)  But doing things like the "Fans" did make him feel a wee bit embarrassed.  On the other hand, his wife Carolyn, absolutely loved when we "doted on De"!  She was very proud of De's acting abilities!

When I read what Pam wrote "He was humble, tho.. and probably didn't think he deserved it".. it reminded me of something else we did to De.  And it wasn't even intentional ! (and it's yet one more rehash of an older post)

But I won't go thru the whole thing.. just know this:

The President of De's Fan Club always had a party at the hotel of De's conventions and she held an auction in which all the money we raised went to De's charity.

De had made a habit of "dropping by" the party with Carolyn and visiting for about a half hour to an hour with the club members... which always shocked them but was a memory they never forgot.

Anyway, this one time another gal and myself had made up some songs to the tunes of other famous songs and we were having some fun with the club members and had them all sing the song...


We no sooner finished when a knock came on the door and it was DeForest and Carolyn.  We escorted them in and sat them down and within moments Sue mentioned that the club just learned a song and they would like to sing it to De.

Gracious as ever De said it would be nice and he stood up to listen to the members..

This is what we sang... (sing it to the tune of Hello Dolly)


Before we even finished De was tearing up and Carolyn was already weeping!!

It wasn't intentional, we didn't even know he'd come by. (we figured he might but we were never sure, it was all according to how they felt)

So.. there you have it.. we made DeForest get teary eyed and made Carolyn cry!  Like I said, the man really had no "movie star" ego .... and sometimes he had trouble believing fans could care for him that much.  A rare actor to be sure.



Blogger Kailana said...

That's a great story!

On a totally different note it reminded me of the poems I find in one of my friends photo albums last night and how I was going to post my favourite one on my blog! Sadly, the one where I almost got clobbered when they discovered I was reading it would really get me clobbered if I posted it!

Anyway, you have some great memories. Thanks for sharing them! Too bad we are no where near each other, we could have gone and saw the new Star Trek movie together! haha

6:13 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

kailana: fersure I'd go see the new movie with ya if you were close by!!!!

6:28 PM  
Blogger cj said...

DesLily -

Well, if it prompts trips like this one, I'll say yay! to me!

It is a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.


7:22 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

cj: my memories of the Kelley's are all ones I like to remember so it's I who "thank .. you!"

7:39 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Wonderful story!!! How nice that De was so modest that he was ever so slighlty embarrassed by it all. Good times.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

see how this memory trip is making you feel better (:
And of course we get to enjoy it, too.

9:08 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Cath: his favorite saying at conventions was: " I make the living and Carolyn makes the living worthwhile"... he was a homebody at heart and often called himself the Laziest actor in hollywood.

Pamela: Fleeting moments.. but I'll take them!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Oh, I loved him so much! I have to confess that in the Star Trek World, I was more like him than any other character. You can rehash all you want, pat! Especially when you give us stories and memories like this one!

6:10 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Susan: in the star trek world the fights between him and spock made the series as far as I'm concerned! lol.. ever see him as a cowboy susan?? he was a mean cowboy!

6:24 PM  

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