One question I am investigating is whether more people check my blog on weekends than on week days. [Or whether anyone ever checks it at all.]

I have no real “topic,” other than the Quora question asked of me tonight, which was: “Have you ever met any famous Hollywood actresses?”

Well, come on, now. I review film and attend Red Carpet events prepared to ask a question or two and take some shots with my trusty Nikon. How would I NOT occasionally meet a famous actor/actress?

So, the answer is, “Yes, I have met some famous actresses.”

Rather than list them, I’m going to show you a few of the pictures I’ve taken over the years, as I was meeting them. All of the pictures are mine and all rights are reserved.

Those that you see with “Texas Hall of Fame” behind them include¬† Oscar-winner (for “Misery”) Kathy Bates, one of the co-stars of television’s “Grace & Frankie” sit-com (whose name escapes me), and Marc Maron with his then romantic partner. Director Lynn Shelton, who tragically died in May of 2020. This photo was taken not long before her death.

Then there is Carey Mulligan, clutching a microphone, before she was Oscar-nominated (for the 2nd time) for “Promising Young Woman.” This was taken in Chicago as she did promotion for Paul Dano’s directorial debut “Wildlife,” which had Jake Gyllenhaal, wildfires and a largely incomprehensible plot.

Kathleen Turner (“Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Romancing the Stone”) was taken at the retirement party for Michael Kutza, who founded the Chicago International Film Festival, upon his retirement.





Kathleen Turner

Vera Farmiga, from 2009’s “Up in the Air” opposite George Clooney and television’s “Bates Motel.

Mandy Moore at SXSW with “This Is Us” when it premiered there.

Vanessa Redgrave, appearing in Chicago with her directorial debut, the documentary “Sea Sorrow.”

Geraldine Chaplin, a judge at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Viola Davis

Helen Hunt, when she appeared in Chicago promoting “The Sessions” with John Hawke.

Actress/Director Rebecca Hall in 2021, appearing on behalf of “Passing” in Chicago.

This is either Lana or Lilly Wachowski, one half of the brothers who are now sisters, who directed “Cloud Atlas,” among other films.