Celebrity Photos From Chiller Theatre!

Me and the always fierce Pam Grier. She lit up the place like a Roman candle.
Me and the always fierce Pam Grier. She lit up the place like a Roman candle.

Today's column is all about my interactions with various Oscar winners, ex-child-stars, sitcom survivors, and other culty icons at the Chiller Theatre autography show in New Jersey the other night.

Well, here's a gorgeous bunch of Angelo Pitillo-photographed shots of the amazing luminaries we got to carry on with.

But first, a random anecdote:

I heard Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (Coming Home) tell a fan there that on the first day's shooting of Family Plot, Alfred Hitchcock got out of his chair, but he was so fat the chair stuck to his ass. Once he became disentangled, the genius director (complete with pacemaker) went up to each person on the set and thanked them by name!

"No other director's ever done that," said Dern, misty-eyed.

Showbiz, for all it's darkness, can also be extraordinarily lovely, right?

So are these photos. Enjoy!

Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, the Elvis-co-star-turned-nun. She got a calling from the Lord and picked up the phone.
Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, the Elvis-co-star-turned-nun. She got a calling from the Lord and picked up the phone.
Mother Hart's table of heavenly wares. I love showbiz.
Mother Hart's table of heavenly wares. I love showbiz.
Heather Matarazzo, such a doll from the Dollhouse
Heather Matarazzo, such a doll from the Dollhouse
Louis Gossett Jr., promoting Eracism as an actor and a gentleman
Louis Gossett Jr., promoting Eracism as an actor and a gentleman
Ellen Foley (Night Court), an old friend of mine. She said Selma Diamond was "cranky, funny, and smart."
Ellen Foley (Night Court), an old friend of mine. She said Selma Diamond was "cranky, funny, and smart."
Danielle Spencer (Dee, What's Happening?); she was in a horrible accident and ended up getting spinal surgery -- THAT'S what's happening.
Danielle Spencer (Dee, What's Happening?); she was in a horrible accident and ended up getting spinal surgery -- THAT'S what's happening.
Valerie Perrine -- a real good-time gal and two-time Oscar nominee. She got Nancy Walker fired from the Village People movie.
Valerie Perrine -- a real good-time gal and two-time Oscar nominee. She got Nancy Walker fired from the Village People movie.
Lana Wood, an ex-Bond girl and Natalie's sis. She has a large hope chest.
Lana Wood, an ex-Bond girl and Natalie's sis. She has a large hope chest.
Martine Beswick (Thunderball, Prehistoric Women), an extremely personable ex-sexpot
Martine Beswick (Thunderball, Prehistoric Women), an extremely personable ex-sexpot
Bruce Dern, not stuck to his chair
Bruce Dern, not stuck to his chair
Betsy Russell, teen prostitution film sequel
Betsy Russell, teen prostitution film sequel

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