"I was working at Googies the Sunday Dean was killed, and as you now know, I knew him fairly well, and I swear it was as if a meteor had crashed into Hollywood killing thousands. People on the street who had no connection to the industry were weeping."
He's referring to James Dean.
"Same with Monroe. I knew women who wore black for weeks in mourning. My then-wife, Janet, summed it up perfectly when she said, 'Hell, had she'd known it would cause this much of a stir, she would have killed herself years ago!' And remember, Janet and I knew her pretty well."
That's Marilyn Monroe.
Meet Steve Hayes, author, actor, painter and raconteur so exceptionally blessed with the art of storytelling — and life experiences — that he's already filled two books of memoirs, "Googies, Coffeeshop to the Stars," parts 1 and 2.
If you didn't know, Googies was a famous Hollywood haunt back in the glamorous 1940s and '50s, a hot spot where Hayes worked for years.