Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What Would You Do With a Check Signed by a Celebrity?


In his memoir, The Garner Files, actor James Garner mentions how when he got famous he couldn't go anywhere without someone approaching him for an autograph. Garner explains that he usually would just smile and write out his name, that it was easier than turning someone down and no feelings got hurt. According to Garner, Paul Newman stopped signing autographs after a guy approached him at urinal with a pen and paper. When the Dirty Harry films were in release, Garner says that Clint Eastwood used to get requests from people to autograph their guns. And Garner mentions that "Gary Cooper wrote checks for everything - gasoline, cigarettes, groceries, meals in restaurants - because he knew most of them wouldn't be cashed."

That got me thinking. If a celebrity wrote you a check for something, would you cash that check or frame it for the autograph?

That's a pretty clever idea on Gary Cooper's part.

8 comments:

KC said...

I clearly have not given Gary Cooper enough credit. Never took him to be the sharpest tool in the drawer, and here he has written a floater for that drawer and laughed all the way to the bank.

Silver Screenings said...

Ha ha! Gooper was brilliant.

RoeH said...
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Paul D. Marks said...

It would depend who it was, Robby. Paul McCartney I'd keep. Scott Baio......

MikeD said...

Back in 1967, I wrote to James Garner asking for an autograph. I enclosed an index card and a self addressed envelope. He sent back an autographed picture and a note thanking me for watching his work. Thirty years later I became friends with a stunt man who had been around awhile. In one of our conversations, he told me James Garner was one of the nicest guys in the business.

Katie said...

Ha! I love Cooper. This is pretty cool Thanks for sharing Robby!

Jonathan Rimorin said...

I've heard that story (about using checks to pay for everything) told about both Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall.

Wally Ostrander said...

Old Hollywood sure had class act actors back then, unlike the no talent Looney Toon wannabes of today.

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