Marlo Thomas - www.marlothomas.aol.com
Class. That's the only way to describe my brief meeting with Marlo Thomas. The rest of the small meetings between members of the press and the celebritites presenting at the AARP National Conference in Orlando September 30-October 2 took place across a small stage in a press briefing format. Though casual and intimate, the clebrities were still at arm's length.
Marlo Thomas requested one on one meetings. I was escorted to the Green Room where Marlo was seated, looking every bit like a youthful model, dressed less casual than many of the other celebrities at the event. She was the picture of perfection. I was escorted to the chair across from her where she held out her hand while I introduced myself. Her hand shake, her smile and her body language was gracious and welcoming.
She accepted a copy of my own novel, "A memento from Florida - a view of the Everglades" by commenting that she and her husband had visited the Everglades. "Did you write the book?" She asked with insight." Her question expressed interest, one author to another. She mentioned her book.
I told her how much I enjoyed her television show. She responded with information about her web site, "a site for women like you and me, over 40 and sharing information with each other." She was obviously enthused about the web site and glad to share information.
We talked a bit about St. Jude hospital and the children it serves; she thanked me for coming; and I felt like I had been with someone special. Not because of her celebrity but because of her gracious demeanor and elegant presence. Her publicist stopped me for my cards to "send a copy of Marlo's new book."
Perhaps these are new times when "star struck" is no longer in vogue. Celebrity lives are touchable in the media and the rag mags every day. They are as real to many as a next door neighbor. I've never been a "star stuck" type; but I met an elegant woman who gave women a television show that set them free in an era of "holly homemaker" stereotypes. While her new book talks about the comic side of her life, I found her simply charming.
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