In the summer of 1982 I spent about a month in Europe with some friends. We started out in England and after a few days there crossed the channel to France and made our way to Paris. We did all the normal tourist things, the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon’s tomb at the Invalids, the Louvre, etc. On the day we visited Notre Dame, the crowd outside was unusually large. As we got closer, it became clear why. The cast of the popular American sitcom “The Facts of Life” was outside the church. They were filming what would become the made-for-TV movie “The Facts of Life Goes to Paris” which aired in September, 1982 as the opener for season four of the show.
Since many of the tourists were Americans, people were crowding around wanting to meet the stars, take their pictures, get autographs, etc. The cast was so gracious in accommodating the fans. I don’t recall seeing any security, at least no one ever tried to stop people from approaching the cast, and the stars comfortably mingled with the crowd spending several minutes posing for pictures.
Though I don’t have anything to compare it to (my brush with celebrities has been scarce since then), I somehow doubt it would work the same way today. My guess is the cast would be separated from the crowds by barricades and any attempt to get close to the stars would be “discouraged” by big guys wearing sunglasses and ear pieces.
At any rate, as a reminder of a simpler time, here are some of the pictures I took that day: