You Heard It Here: Hollywood: George Carlin Style

I have to come clean with this week’s Hollywood story. It’s not really mine. It’s my husband’s.

One of our favorite people in Hollywood was George Carlin. That man was a class act. My husband worked on his show, aptly named – The George Carlin Show. Also on the show: Alex Rocco, Paige French, Anthony Starke, Christopher Rich, Mike Hagerty and Susan Sullivan. (It was a great cast and a terrific show!)


My husband, Sean, occasionally stood in for a guest actor or two before they got on set and he’d run scenes with George. George loved to tell him dirty jokes and since Sean was a big fan he was in seventh heaven.

Sean told me one particular time when they were doing a scene and George’s wife came to visit. His eyes got big and he couldn’t wait to finish the scene so he could talk to her. Sean described it as this: “He was so in love with her and you could see it in his eyes. She took his breath away.” And this was after at least two decades of marriage…probably longer.

I remember one of the few times I visited the set and I met George’s wife, Brenda. She’d brought their little white poodle. I think it was a Bichon Frise and they loved that little dog like a child. (I wish I could remember if it was a boy or a girl, but I don’t. My memory’s not that good.) That little fluff ball was so sweet. Anyway, George had a few comedy bits about dogs. He once said, “Life is a series of dogs.” And for some people, I’m sure he’s right. (For others it’s probably a series of cats!) I just remember him cuddling this little dog and being so happy. I think he really did enjoy the simple things in life. He knew what was important. His family. His wife, daughter… and his dog.

I’ll admit it… anyone who loves animals is a friend of mine.

A few weeks after the show ended, I was in Las Vegas with my sister and discovered George was playing at Bally’s. I called my husband and he told me to call George. I thought it might be fun to surprise my sister since she was a big fan of his too, so I did. Though we had met several times on the set, I wasn’t sure he’d remember me. Well, not only did he remember me, but he gave us comp tickets to his show that night and we had a great chat with him in his suite afterward.

Like I said, a class act.

So tell me about any class acts that you’ve met? Was there someone who lived their life in a certain way or treated you so well that it stuck with you for a long time? I’d love to hear about it.




You Heard It Here: Hollywood: George Carlin Style — 8 Comments

  1. I loved George carlin too. Funny without being vulgar. Great mind. No blue food! I’ve been fortunate to have met a lot of class acts in my life, just no one any of your readers would know about . Wait. You! They’d know you, you’re definitely a class act.
    Loved the Carlin story

    • Hi Lynne,
      Aw… you’re too good to me. LOL. George was occasionally blue, but mostly he was just very wonderful. He also used to do a bit about dogs being little tragedies waiting to happen. He was so right. Glad you like the story!

  2. I recently was able to talk with Jim Fox, ex-NHL player and TV analyst for Fox Sports West for the LA Kings. He is a class act. So generous with his time, down-to-earth, gracious and gentlemanly.

    • Hi Kate,
      Love that! I love when public people are regular people. Especially love when they’re open to sharing their knowledge! Thanks for dropping in!!

  3. I remember the George Carlin show. I loved it! Come to think of it, he had a dog on the show too, didn’t he?

    I’m lucky enough to know several class acts, and you, Dee J., are at the top of the list. You take care of your family, work hard, pursue your dreams, AND, you’re the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence winner in the romantic suspense category for your book, “Living Dangerously”!!! Woo-hoo!

    • Hi Sam,
      Yes! The dog on the show was named Miles! He was a sweetie! So cute! And thank you! You’re a sweetie! I happen to think you’re a class act as well. And I couldn’t be more thrilled about the GWAoE!! I’ll be riding that high for quite some time! I’ll return the congrats for you double RITA nom!! How very exciting is that!!! Can’t wait to cheer you on in San Antonio! Thanks for coming by!

  4. Awesome news on the Gayle Wilson Award. And so well deserved!!!

    I think Peter Marshall is a class act. Some years ago my car broke down in front of his house and my son had a high fever and we were heading to the doctor’s office. Peter rolled the car to the side of the road and then drove me to the doctor’s office. : )

    • Hi Robena,
      OMG! I totally remember Peter Marshall! What a great story! Love it! And thank you on the GWA! I’m still pretty buzzed about the whole thing. 🙂