The week I met Tom Cruise — before he was famous.

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If you look really closely you can see me walking in the background.

My husband is impressed by the fact that I worked with Tom Cruise in a film in 1980 before Tom made Taps, when he was still unknown.

Not  only did my husband ask me to buy the dvd, he took out all of the connector cables from the garage so we could watch me up close on our wide screen TV.

When Tom and I met on set, he told me that a friend had got sick so they called him in as a last minute actor. He told me he had recently moved to New York to get into acting. The film we made was his first film although it was probably his worst film ever. It was really bad. It was called Losin’ It.

On our paycheck stubs the production company was called Tijuana Summer. Ha!

I think I was 16 and he was 18. He told me he had quit high school to act and his name wasn’t Tom. He told me I could call him by his real name or stage name. He was really nice and down to earth. Wikipedia says his real name is Thomas, but I swear he told me another name.

Even my two kids were pointing: Look there’s mom.

My girlfriends in high school can attest to this, although I continue to have a hard time believing the story myself!

I’m going to get the video up of it so you can see it and laugh with me and if you’d like. I will take a picture of my diary I wrote on the day we met by request.

Tom and I worked five days together.

Usually, when I tell my Tom Cruise story people are surprised.Now unfortunately, I think the kids in school like other actors too,
although I’m convinced Tom Cruise has a fan or two out there.

There’s no doubt in my small mind however that Tom is incredibly talented. If you caught him in Steal Magnolia’s I think you just might agree.

As always, I apprecite your comments.

11 Replies to “The week I met Tom Cruise — before he was famous.”

  1. So what was the name of the film? Did I miss it? I want to rent it and look for you. So far the ebook is great, lots of great tips for those wanting to start a blog and those still trying to fine tune the blogs they began.

    Now is it ok if I eat on my couch? Will you still love me? lol…

  2. Yes. I will still love you. I have love lots of love for every one. Especially ones who speak highly about my book. 😉

    I’ve included a link above now if you’d like to see Losin’ it.


  3. WOW! Almost famous, meeting now famous people, and getting kids to learn through homework and eating in a room made for such things [kitchen/dining room]. I love it! I will definitely have to check out the movie.

    By the by, I didn’t see a twitter button to tweet this out, but never fear, I have a nifty little bookmark called ‘twitthat!’ on my toolbar and I directed everyone here posthaste. 🙂

    1. Right on! I mean cool. I like your round up on my life. My students, when they find out find out I’m from Los Angeles, always ask me if I’ve met any famous people. Sure. Why not.

      It IS kind of crazy that we actually EAT together at a table. You’d think we are civilized. Homework? Sure. I’ll throw that in with the Tom Cruise and Tana in Africa stories. Believe it or not my stories are true. Unless I’m making it up. Did you get your ebook?

      Oh and thanks for the post haste tweet. Do you find tweeting valid? So far I’m starting a I hate Tweet club. I don’t like things I can’t understand. But then again, it took me only 8 emails to figure out how to add a smiley.;) For that I will be eternally greatful, Mizz Anne.

  4. You have to tell us when to look for you (what the clock reads). And I’m curious what you mean about Steal Magnolias? I know there was the movie, “Steel Magnolias” and I can’t remember Tom in that one. As for “Steal Magnolias” — maybe that’s an X-rated film that we’re not familiar with (wink wink…what are you watching, Julie?).

    P.S. I’m glad you posted this! I knew you were an extra in that film but I never saw this movie…or I can’t remember seeing it. And heads up! Halle was just watching this when all the naked butts came on in the locker room! Oops!

    1. You know I had to watch it 100 times to try to find myself. I’m in three scenes, the one coming in the school, the one walking by the locker rooms and the one where the guy jumps to fence to get into the car, see the people in the bleachers? I don’t know the exact minute, but I’ll try to find it. It was only, what? 30 years ago? Steel. ha ha ha. And I’m a teacher.

  5. Neat story! The closest I can come to a meeting-someone-famous story is that I went to high school with a couple guys who grew up to be country singers. Anytime Luke Bryan comes on the radio, my kids yell “Our Mama went to high school with him!” LOL! But, I’m still waiting for Tom to come out of the closet! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

  6. Ahhhhh! Double thanks for the like and the comment. It’s a bit embarassing, but hey, wthey, right? There it is! All the best to you!

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