I never saw the episode at the time; but one night, many years later, I was in a hotel with my husband and flipping through channels and Wings came on and the character of "Roy" was speaking. The actor, the late David Schramm, had a very distinctive voice and he was saying something about: "....if you were the sun, its rays would spread out..." or something like that. "That's it!" I exclaimed. "What's 'it'?" My husband asked. "My episode! The episode of Wings when, I was an extra!!!" So we watched. But alas, I am nowhere to be seen. It was like, wherever the camera was pointing, I wasn't. I think maybe you can see my hand reaching for the payphone; but that's it. I need to see it again, if only to confirm my complete lack of presence. Or is that complete abundance of absence? *Sigh*
So we crossed the street because I wanted to look at Strawberry Fields and when we were heading back to our hotel I looked up from the ground (I look at the ground a lot) and my eyes fell on the lady who I almost walked into as she was leaning down to adjust her dog's leash and I thought instantly: "...why she looks exactly like Brooke--" and then I saw the curly headed man behind her and knew it was them (oh, did I mention they were married...to one another?). Well, they are. And this was not the first time I'd run into the both of them together. The first time was at the Beverly Connection shopping center and they were coming out of The Sport Chalet. There were several unruly children with them and I recall Brooke putting them in line with a very commanding voice. This was a good twenty years ago. I was rather indifferent towards Tony back then. As for Brooke, I was star-struck. She'd been my screen goddess idol since I first saw her in 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now that was a movie I sort of saw by accident. My brother and I were dropped off at the movie theater by my grandfather to see Superman. It was sold out, so my brother and I ended up going to see Body Snatchers instead. It rocked my world! And it was love at first sight with Brooke. Or was it "at first hear" because it was her voice that really did it for me. So sexy! And I'm gay.
And I loved her combination of humor and intensity. I love the way her emotions read on her face in this rather throw away scene from the movie; it's like watching clouds before a storm as they change the light:
Back to Central Park, November 11, 2022.
"Pssssssttttt!" I hissed at my husband as we headed south on Central Park West. He turned and gave me a "what?" look. "We just passed Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub!!! Should I ask her for her autograph?" Without a word he turned and we were tailing our Hollywood quarry into the park. Luckily, the pair stopped and Ms. Adams (Mrs. Shalhoub?) let the dog off its leash to go and pee-pee. The dog was a sort of Springer spaniel-Poodlish type dog:
"Tony Shalhoub is your hall pass? Shouldn't you run that by me first?"
"Oh didn't I mention that?"
He shook his head. "What happened to Jake G____________?"
"Oh, he's still on the list!"
"How long is this list?"
By this point, the trio had reconvened and moved northwards.
I chuckled again. I mean, what if I did go up to her and simply said: "Ms. Adams, I am a huge fan; not just of your body of cinematic work but also your painting. And your husband. As a matter of fact, he's at the top of my celebrity hall pass list!"
I mean, how might she possibly have responded?
A) HELP! POLICE!!!
B) Are you interested in buying a painting?
C) Tony's totally into this. And I like to watch. There are some nice bushes over there...
Oh yeah, Brooke is a painter. And a really good one. And I want one of her paintings.
She's also done a series of paintings based on "Days of Heaven" a 1978 movie she did with Richard Gere(!). It was directed by Terrence Malick and was perhaps his first movie to feature his signature shot of a human hand caressing undulating grasses.
I'm really hoping she does a series of paintings based on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I mean, who wouldn't want a painting of...then again...maybe not.
So anyways, I hope it doesn't take another twenty years to run into Brooke and Tony again, I mean, none of us are spring chickens anymore and by then, all "hall passes" will probably be expired.