While we were walking around Star City we saw the lovely and talented Dawn Fraser, an Australian swimming legend who was named Australia’s greatest female athlete in 1988.
Dawn represented Australia at the Olympics for the 100m freestyle, and is the only athlete in the world to have won the same event at three seperate Oympic Games. During her nine-year swimming career, she set 28 world records and won eight Olympic medals.
We also spotted Dawn when she attended the Priscilla show.
When we were waiting to sign out of the hotel, who should be in front of us but none other than Peter Sterling, from the Footy Show. Peter was one of the great Australian rugby league halfbacks before retiring.
Between 1982 and 1988 Peter played 19 Tests for the Australian national team. He also played in 13 State of Origins matches for New South Wales, and won man of the match on 4 occasions. Peter played in 4 premiership-winning sides with Parramatta in 1981-1983 and 1986 and has been inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.
Much as I know my granddaughter would have loved Peter’s autograph, I believe celebrities deserve to be left alone. So a missed opportunity once again she snorts in disgust.
When we were in Venice, strolling down the road, I spotted Debbie Furness with her little boy Oscar and a body guard. And as I was pointing her out to Paula, along came Hugh Jackman and he was just inches away. He looked hesitantly waiting as he could tell we recognised him, but I prefer to let them go on their way without being hassled.
On another occasion in Shanghai, we were having lunch at the Pearl, and who should be right next to us but Sigorney Weaver with her daughter and her entourage. Now there is a woman I truly admire.
Apart from being a fan of Ripley (Aliens) I also like her in Gorillas in the Mist, and recently watched a documentary where she returned to the Gorillas in the wild.
Sigorney is a great actress and a really nice down to earth human being.