"When I was 4 I was in love with Dr. Kildare. My Dad, also a doctor,
told me that if I could stop sucking my fingers (preferred them
to my thumb) for three months, he would take me
to meet Richard Chamberlain.
Three months is an eternity
to a four year old, but I was not going to let that come
between me and my true love. So, for three long,
excruciating months, not one finger entered my mouth.
Somehow, my Dad found a way to get us
onto the Dr. Kildare set. The red flashing light scared me.
It meant I had to be quiet because they were filming.
Then they sat me at the end of a very bright hospital hallway
on a ladder so Richard and I would be face to face.
And then, there he was. OMG!!!!! Dr. Kildare was
next to me, talking to me, put his arm around me.
I couldn't breathe and I couldn't look at him.
They wanted to get a good picture of us, and I just couldn't
do it. He told me he would wait for me and couldn't
have been nicer. I think this is why I went on to be an actress.
Dad and I got into the car to go home and the fingers went
straight into my mouth. My Dad, horrified said, "What are you doing?"
I said, "You kept your end of the deal, and I kept mine.""
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