Special thanks to editor Robert Weil, whose knowledge of Manhattan architecture is astonishing, and the rest of the staff at St. What had been a long-kept secret, we may now declare with certainty: More stars make their home in Manhattan than in any other city in the world.
Martin's Press, whose warmth and attention goes un-heralded in the publishing industry. Gotham is home not only to major movie stars but also to rock-and-roll greats, soap-opera personalities, su-perstar sports heroes, operatic divas and prima ballerinas, and even notorious criminal masterminds.
If a face appears familiar but is dismissed as an imposter because of a hat, mustache, scarf, or glasses, you've probably been too hasty in your judgment.
I'll never forget the time Bob Hope told me emphatically that I was mistaken, he wasn't the celebrated comedian-actor-golfer.
Some stars opt for the serenity and sophistication of the Upper East Side. Still others prefer to project a chic downtown persona and therefore reside in the cutting-edge neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and Tri-beca. Brooke Shields enters a 57th Street movie theater just before the credits roll, sits in the back row, and retreats as the final tine is spoken.
Sunglasses and a kerchief do little to conceal Sophia Loren as she shops the pricey 5th Avenue boutiques close to home.
Frequenting the places your favorite stars are known to fancy can turn chance into probability.
Comedians often cite the bustling mosaic that is New York as inspiration for their best material. Rodney Dangerfield owns a comedy club on the Upper East Side. One popular hangout for athletes is Mickey Mantle's Restaurant and Sports Bar, where the "Mick" himself is often on hand signing autographs.David Letterman dons shades for his stroll down Canal Street, wishing he could duplicate the chameleonlike skills of neighbor Robert De Niro, known to take extreme measures to recreate his body for a particular film.(Just about the only technique Robert hasn't used in his char-acter preparation is plastic surgery-not yet, anyway!Fox are among the thousands of actors who are inspired and in-vigorated by residing in this city that never sleeps.Rock and rollers flock to New York to catch the energy and excitement that emanates from life here.I found that the jokester had put one over on me when moments later the man holding open the limousine door said, "Good morning, Mr.Hope." Cher is one of many performers who dress in clothes one would never expect to see on so flamboyant a star.Bar and restaurant owners Patrick Swayze, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Matt Dillon consider their fame critical to building the clientele of their respective es-tablishments. Fox and Bill Cosby bend over back-ward to accommodate their throngs of loyal fans.As in any exact science, there are rules to follow when one hopes to spot a favorite celebrity.She enjoys Man-hattan because here one can dress down without fear of dis-approval.Seeing Christie Brinkley with her glowing face unobstructed one day and covered in dark glasses and kerchief the next can create havoc for stargazers.