This is the second installment of my series Brief Encounters with Famous People that started recently with my memory of Zizi Jeanmaire.
My Edward Albee encounter:
Albee had always been a hero of mine since I was a young teen. I always thought that if I was fortunate enough I would one day get to meet Edward Albee. Here's what happened: II was attending a Carnegie Hall event at which Albee was speaking. (It was a celebration of Noel Coward that included an amazing performance by Bobby Short.) At intermission I found myself directly in line behind Albee going into the men's room. Suddenly I was fourteen again, a trembling, speechless fan standing next to a hero. I didn't know what to say that wouldn't sound stupid or embarrassingly fawning. Finally, the line wasn't moving for a long time -- and I mean LONG time. And I said to Albee: "I forget why I'm standing in this line." He turned slowly to me and in a very serious tone with a very serious expression on his face said: "I wish I could."