Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sex In The City or as the long time reader knows, my obsession with SJP

The only thing I knew about celebrities when I arrived in NYC was that "Sex in the City" was filmed there, and that SJP was a New Yorker and I would make it my business to see her in person someday.
About a month after my arival, and with no SJP sightings under my belt, I was delighted to see this advertisement put up on the side of Lord & Taylor on my way to work one day. I reported my sightings to the secretaries who then told me that SJP would be signing her perfume bottle at lunchtime there.
The girls were game and willing to go along with me on my outing to see the iconic Carrie Bradshaw. We passed a few girls passing out samples of Lovely (BTW best wishes to Christine who is moving to Wisconsin today to find love and happiness)There were over 500 fans inline, so I skipped getting the bottle signed and my personal meet and greet would have to come at later date. (That evening I saw the signed bottles were selling on ebay for $250) A few months later at the 1st preview of the Broadway show "Rabbit Hole" starring Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly, I got an autograph and photo of Miranda and Charlotte. It was all very exciting. At the nick of time as the sands of time were running out, I was able to catch Chris Noth at an event held at this club Plumm located on 14th and 8th Aves. In September I saw Kristen Johnson who appeared in my favorite episode "Splat". She was the perennial party girl who didn't realize the party days had ended for everyone but her as she fell out a window trying to catch a smoke at a non-smoking party. As most of you know, I went on to see SJP more than a dozen times, even sitting next to her at the first preview night of her husband's play "The Odd Couple". Here's a shot I got of her at the premiere of the Devil Wears Prada held at the Loews Theater near Lincoln Center. That was one of the most amazing things of my trip, if you could find out where there was a movie premiere, you could maybe catch the celebrities going into the theater, but most of the time there were security gates up and security. If you waited til after the movie was over, the security gates were gone, security was more permissive, and you would be able to get the celebrity to sign something for you and sometimes even pose for you or with you. The movie theater was open for other shows so the theater was full of movie patrons, who were also fans. Here I anticipated SJP to walk forward, but a fan called out to her and she turned towards her, which she soon regretted as the fan had friends and in the next moment surround SJP asking for autographs and pictures.
Later during my trip and I found the street and steps that were featured for Carrie's apartment. They were only about 2 blocks from where SJP lived in real life. The only time I saw Kim Catrell she turned me down for a photo. It was early in my career and I abided by her wishes. Nowadays I don't think that would have happened.


Blogger Brad B said...

Wow, I'm so impressed! I read in Time magazine several months back that there's some special cupcake bakery in NYC that SJP loves to frequent. It was an article about the new rage of the gourmet cupcake among A-listers. Who knew?! You should find out where this superstar cupcake-haven is and find her there next. And get a cupcake for me and post a review of it :-)

Off-topic: Cupcakes make me crack pastor's best friend (a school teacher) posted on his blog that one of his students' ultraconservative mothers came to him enraged over some kind of ridiculous thing and called him "a cupcake baked by the devil." I'm laughing my hinie off just typing it.

1/26/2007 1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About two years ago, I went to that cupcake bakery -- I forget the name but remember it's in the Village. I got there around 5:30pm, on a Saturday, and there was a long line. When we finally got inside, I was disappointed with the selection -- either chocolate or vanilla - nothing exotic. And I was even more disappointed when I actually tasted the cupcake -- the cupcake and icing tasted like they were from a mix. It could be possible things have changed, but knowing what I tasted then, there's no way now I would recommend that bakery.

1/26/2007 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bakery is magnolia bakery, and it's excellent. how do you find out where the movie premieres are ahead of time?

1/26/2007 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met SJP twice. Lovely girl, great article Hughe!

1/26/2007 10:34 PM  
Blogger HughE Dillon said...

It's near impossible to find out about the movie premieres, but what I usually did was look up the movie theaters schedule. Usually the premiere would be at the Ziegfeld or Chelsea 23. Whenever there was a gap and it said no movie, I would guess that there was going to be a premiere. Or as time went on I relied on the good tips my paparrazzi friends would give me. They are usually invited to all premieres. I would read the gossip columns to see if Liz or Cindy would mention a movie premiere. Finally I would do so good old fashion detective work and search for the press release in google or one of the newswire services. It's not easy to find out the movie premieres.

1/27/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger HughE Dillon said...

The photo that is on my blog with SJP was taken at the Loews theater. I found out about this event through a "Photo With" guy. Which I will write more about in the future.

1/27/2007 10:10 AM  
Blogger Sarah B. Roberts said...

I went to opening night of The Odd Couple starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. SJP was the last person to arrive - they held the curtain for her. The side door opened and there was a lightening storm of camera flashes. At intermission, SJP and Jerry Seinfeld stood directly behind me and had a great conversation. Jerry kept repeating Neil Simon's lines and laughing at how funny they are. SJP looked ever so glamorous - just like on tv. I was in awe. I've been a fan of hers since Square Pegs. Matthew Broderick is the reason I moved to NYC.

1/27/2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger HughE Dillon said...

I just saw Star Cross Loves on "E" and it was all about SJP & MB and how many times their paths could have cross. It was interesting to see they were both serial daters. I did try and locate the Magnolia Bakery photos, but I am disorganized about buildings. Great story Sarah. I fixed the link problem too.

1/27/2007 10:52 PM  
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