I met Shelley
Winters at Bob and Jackie Hilliard's home in the Hollywood hills in the seventies. That is also where I met Maria d'Aragon, who played
Greedo in Star Wars, and Ron Rich, who played Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson in the 1966 Fortune Cookie with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. I always visit Ron when I am in Hollywood. He writes screenplays, and I help him with his computer problems. Maria met Shelley there at the same time and became good
friends with her. There was a group of us who met at Schwab's Drugstore on
Sunset Blvd. for coffee in the mornings. Richard Tate, who was close
friends with Shelley would often come in with Shelley for breakfast. We had many good times together.
One time, Shelley invited Maria and I to
accompany her to the Johnny Carson Show. She asked Maria to
bring her cat along. When Shelley appeared on the show she was
holding the cat, and set the topic of the conversation to the idea of
At one point in the show, the cat
crawled out of her arms, over Ed McMahon and down onto the
floor under Ed's chair. Shelley started making a fuss about her missing Kitty, so I crawled under the seats and grabbed the cat. I walked around the set and up to the center camera and kneeled there with the cat in my arms. When Shelley started fussing again, I held up the cat for her to see and she calmed down. Great actress.
One time, Richard Tate was mugged in his apartment on Havenhurst. He was hospitalized and almost in a comma. We visited him frequently in the hospital. The first time we were there, Shelley, started fussing with Richard about something that Richard couldn't assimalate in his condition. He was in a daze and could barely talk. I suggested Shelley wait until he was in better condition. She was a good lady and agreed.
Those were interesting and fun times.