Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A reporter interviewing a big movie star in New York City in the 1950's had an unusual experience,which he wrote about later. I think the star was Jean Seberg,who is not much thought about now and was huge then.

He interviewed her in a restaurant and was surprised at how little attention she got. Basically, none. As they left the restaurant, he asked her how she dealt with the attention he was sure she must get sometimes.

She said, "Let me show you something." They walked down the sidewalk on the block the restaurant was on. People shouted her name, said they loved her in various movies they named. She smiled back.

She and the reporter got to the cross street. As they crossed the street, she said, "Watch this." They walked down that block, and she got no reaction at all. They were just two more people walking in New York.

He could see no difference at all in what she was doing or not doing in the two blocks.