I just got this awesome report from Russell about meeting none other than Ms. Molly Ringwald. Now, I know there was a hot second where MTF sort of became the “I Hate Molly Ringwald” fan club. But to be honest I love her work, I’m a giant fan. I just wish she was nicer to the fans who have supported her all these years.
Still, it does seem she’s softening up a little as of late. Which is great. Russell is from San Francisco and went to a rare Meet and Greet and book signing with Molly Ringwald.
He got some success… But you’re going to have to check out his recap after the jump to read it for yourself!
Being a child of the 80’s I have been a huge fan of Molly Ringwald and she has been on my 80’s bucket list along with Phoebe Cates. But after reading all the horror stories on the site from Pinky and Mike I was a bit skeptical even after buying a $50.00 meet and greet ticket (keep in mind the book was 25.00 already and it was 12.00 for entrance so basically I was paying $13.00 extra for some food as well). I figured the meet and greet would enable at least a picture to be taken and maybe even my Pretty in Pink laser disc cover signed.
6:30pm – arrived at The Verdi which was located in downtown San Francisco and basically a hall they rented out to do the book signing. There was about 10 people in line ahead of me (40 tickets were sold) and everyone was pretty excited to meet her. One lady had albums from the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. I told her about the blogs and how we would be lucky to have her sign one thing as she was a horrible signer and sometimes mean to her fans. They were kinda shocked that Molly could be mean and I said if they read some of the blogs they would see it was not made up.
6:45pm – The event organizers start checking in people and giving them their ticket to get their book (the $50 included the book, entrance to talk, and some finger foods with the meet and greet).
6:47pm – Molly arrives and squeezes past us and takes her spot at the table. She is taller than I expected and already thoughts of how I was going to ask her to sign my Pretty in Pink album went through my mind.
700pm- The people in line with me in the beginning want me to be the guinea pig and see what she will do when I asked. I agreed because I already had low expectations, but was still hopeful that maybe Molly was in a good mood tonight.
7:17pm – My turn in comes up and I introduce myself and tell her how all my friends in Hawaii grew up with her movies as they were a coming of age type passage to all of us. She smiled and said “Wow, you’re from Hawaii. How great is that. It must’ve been great growing up there.”
I said it was great and asked her if she wouldn’t mind signing my album cover and even personalizing it (so she wouldn’t think I was some dealer). She said “I can’t as if I make an exception to you, I have to do it for everyone”. I told her I completely understood and thanked her again.
After that those behind me put their stuff away and the pressure was off.
So the game plan was to wait til after the talk and maybe on the way out (there was only one way in and one way out) I could ask her again outside the venue and she might accommodate me.
8:00pm – the talk began and it was great and the host asked great questions to her about growing up a teen idol,
her Facts of Life years (no she would not do a reunion as she hated the demotion as an “occasional” guest ) and Jake Ryan.
9:00pm – after the talk those that wanted to buy books could do so and Molly agreed to stay for 15 minutes to sign them, but needed to leave as she had a flight to catch.
9:17pm – the last book is signed and I head outside and line up with a few other hopeful people. Molly and her hubby walk out briskly and ignore all of us and walk straight down the hill probably toward their car. I am the only one that decides to follow (stalk if you want to call it that) them down and when we get to the corner I ask her politely, “Ms. Ringwald, is it okay for you to sign now?”. She looked around and said “Sure, but let’s come over here as I have to leave real quick.” She then signed it and I said “Thank you very much. I know how much of a pain it can be sometimes.” Molly replied, “It’s no problem and thanks for coming.”
9:20pm – Head back to car happy that my long drive home would not be a downer. I wanted to ask for a picture with her, but thought otherwise as I would basically have to ask her hubby to take it and no sense pushing my luck.
I tweeted her when I got in the car to thank her for stopping for the Hawaii boy…….when I got home and got ready for bed….I got the following back. Pretty cool.
So I go to the Olivia Newton John concert and there I see one of the guys in line that was at the Molly signing and he asks me that it was too bad we couldn’t get her (he had a Breakfast Club DVD). I told him I ended up getting her around the corner and he was amazed. He said he was too scared after Molly darted right by us after the signing. Told him “You don’t get if you don’t ask and the worst thing she could say is what she already said”.