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In Search of the Stars


Maria and Mark

With Susan Carlisle

I haven’t gotten giddy about a famous person since I saw Elvis when I was in the sixth grade and take my word for it that was a number of years ago. So with heart pounding expectations I looked forward to seeing Mario Lopez who is one of the MCs for the show Extra which is about all things Hollywood. When I found out he would be filming at Universal Studio I told my husband I planned to be there for the show and to stand back if he didn’t want to get wet because I would be drooling.

My day of star sightings started early when I saw a man in the parking lot I thought I recognized.  I called, “Bill Nigh?” He looked at me and waved. It was Bill Nigh the Science Guy. I loved it when I got to show his science videos when I was substituting for a class at the high school. I was tickled with the start of my day.

Posted in the City Walk was the filming schedule for Extra which would take place near the famous Globe Fountain in front of Universal Studio. My excitement level increased when I saw Mark Walburg’s name on the list as one of the guests. I’m a huge Marky Mark fan. I even remember back to the jeans commercial and the great abs of his youth. Can you say double deal of the day? The Ms. Mario and Mark in the same day! Could my heart stand it? Mark was actually interviewed by Maria Menounos. She is Mario’s counterpart. All I can say about her is that she is beautiful and thin and I hate her. Mark was very down to earth and a nice guy. He sounded very sincere and passionate about his work. Heather Graham also made an appearance as I was standing there watching Mark leave. Yes, I watched to the very last second.

Next up was Mario. I wasn’t disappointed. He is almost pretty with his gorgeous dimples. I came close to squalling when I saw him.LA21He interviewed the group of actors from Men at Work. They were very funny together and seemed to like each other.

I can’t say the every visit to universal studios will have you seeing stars I just know that I enjoyed the bright flashes of light I sawLA8and went away a happy camper.  I will be going back to Universal again when I have a chance.


I enjoyed my trip to the Los Angeles area and I hope you enjoyed hearing about it.

Marilyn Baron - May 30, 2014 - 7:01 am

How fun. I love Mark Wahlberg. Great post.

Walt Mussell - May 30, 2014 - 8:19 am

My wife thinks I’m too star struck and it really gets on her nerves sometimes. it’s so bad that even if we’re near someone about whom I have no clue, my wife will still chide me as if I’m about to go nuts over the person.

Connie Gillam - May 30, 2014 - 8:35 am

I thought I was above all that star excitement. How wrong I was. One day many years ago, I was shopping in the DeKalb Farmers market when I saw someone who looked familiar. Was it him? I sorted through the lettuce, keeping one eye out for wilted leaves and the other out for this familiar guy. Would I look stupid if I approached and it really wasn’t him?
I took a chance. “Aren’t you Bill Nunn?” Yes, he was. He signed my autograph and went on with his business. Another woman standing by me asked who he was. I told her he was the police detective in the Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg. The woman instantly went over to him and asked for his autograph.

Pam Asberry - May 30, 2014 - 9:44 am

I am shameless fangirl. It sounds like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing!

Piper - May 30, 2014 - 1:53 pm

When I was going to school at UCLA, I learned the hard way that you were not supposed to gush and get all excited whenever you saw a celeb. That marked you as a non-native for sure. I found this out when I got excited about seeing Cher in person, and the person I was walking around Westwood Village with told me “the code.” I did pretty well for the few years I lived there, but I almost messed it up when I saw Arsenio Hall in person. Ironically, my friend who told me “the code” also got pretty excited. Oh well. There went that rule out of the window!! Thanks for the great travel posts, Susan!

Sandy Elzie - May 30, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I’ve met a few stars…even worked for one once..(Arnold was my boss when he was governor of California) but I’m not the type to gush. When Arnold stepped into my office and said hello, I glanced up, said, “Hi” and smiled. He said a few complimentary words about my staff/office, I said thanks and he left. No big deal. Same when I met Michael Landon at a restaurant. Smiled, said hi, love your show, and moved on. After all, they’re just people like you and me….right??? :)

Walt Mussell - May 30, 2014 - 3:19 pm

A good friend of mine is a Federal Air Marshall. He sees stars all of the time on the job. He says he usualy waits to the end of a flight to say hi and says that the best way to do it

As for me, the biggest star I’ve ever seen is Sophia Loren. She was the last person to board a plane and sat right in front of me and across the aisle from my wife. (We were in coach, which is why neither my wife nor I thought it was her initially.) She was beautiful.

Carol Burnside - May 30, 2014 - 5:03 pm

What a fun time, Susan. My brain turns to mush around famous people I admire. Funny, but it remains as stable as I ever am around those celebrities I’m not impressed with. I remember when we were giddy over being on the same block as Mario during our tour of LA.

Susan Carlisle - May 31, 2014 - 12:32 pm

I’m sorry but Mario is worth getting giddy over for looks alone. Markie Mark is an amazing actor. As for them knowing I was from out of town in California all I had to do was speak and they knew it! It was still fun to see all these people I thought I’d never see in person.

Anonymous - June 1, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Susan, I enjoyed your California trip very much. Don’t blame you for being giddy over Mark Wahlberg and Mario. I saw Arthur Godfrey once in the Bahamas. He wasn’t very friendly. Oh, well, I doubt any of the PFHT remember him.

Maxine Davis - June 1, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Susan, don’t blame you for getting giddy over Mark Wahlberg and Mario! I have enjoyed your trip to Los Angeles very much! I saw Arthur Godfrey once in the Bahamas, but he wasn’t very friendly. Oh well, there are probably no PFHT that remember him.

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