Jewish World Review Jan. 27, 2003 / 24 Shevat, 5763
Nell Carter gave
She told me I had talent, said I should move to LA, pursue the dream, said to give her a call when I got there.
All the time I kept making her laugh; all the time I'm thinking "I'm making Nell Carter laugh!"
Eventually, the check came for her table, she grabbed it and paid for everybody. The guys tried to thank her, she changed the subject.
She signed a program for me- "Phil- you are sick and wonderful! X X- Nell Carter."
I hoped someday she and I would wind up on the same talk show one night, and I could tell the story; tell Jay Leno or David Letterman how much it meant to me; how much I appreciated her warmth, her encouragemt, her laughter.
She hugged me good night and headed for her room. On the way out I asked one of the crew guys how many stars hang out with the crew; "None," he said.
"But Nell is different. Nell is just Nell."
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JWR contributor Phil Perrier is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand-up comic. Comment by clicking here.
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