The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0235 Thursday, 10 June 2010
Date: June 8, 2010 6:00:11 PM EDT
Subject: Sir John Gielgud
Since we are telling war stories, let me describe my own brush with fame. Years ago John Lehmann and I were friends and he invited me to the Garrick Club for lunch. When we walked in I saw a gentleman at one of the tables and, in my southern American way, greeted him: "Hey, how are you?" He replied, "I am fine, young man." When I sat down with Lehmann I realized it was Sir John Gielgud; I had seen him so often in films, on stage, etc., I thought I knew him personally. John L. took me over to meet him, and that, my friends, was one of the memorable moments in that particular visit to the U.K. One funny anecdote: after lunch John L. went to the desk and complained and argued about the bill and what seemed like a mistaken charge for "broad beans." I was embarrassed (again, my American upbringing), but John said that arguing about the bill was almost to be expected--perhaps even traditional--when one lunched at the Garrick!
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