Mary Ellen was a classic! As soon as I saw her walk into a room, I smiled. Not many people have that effect on me. She was so much fun to be around!
Being married to Robert Zemeckis provided her with so many great stories from the great 80's blockbusters that we all know and love. We would be sitting at a convention together and she would be texting Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Kurt Russell, etc. To her they were just good friends and talented people that she worked with. To me, these were all people I would fanboy over just by seeing their name. LOL
The first time I met her was a few years ago in Burbank. When I met up with her in the lobby, the first thing I could think of was "she looks exactly the same as she did 20+ years ago!". As soon as she found out that JAWS was my favorite film of all time, she said "send me something and I will get Steven to sign it". I just laughed and jokingly said, "that would be a miracle". She said "I am serious! I am great friends with his wife Kate." So I went around the dealer room and found a cool JAWS daybill from Australia.
I saw Mary Ellen about 4 months later, and she said "I don't have your poster signed yet, but I'll get it!". I told her that I wasn't worried about it and was just happy to see her again. About a month later, she sends me a text message with a smiley face and a FedEx tracking number. Sure enough the next day, a poster tube is sitting on my porch. Inside was my JAWS poster signed by the man himself! I called Mary Ellen right away and thanked her over and over again. She was laughing and simply said "D, you deserve it."
Every convention after that when I saw her, I would always thank her over and over. It is seriously one of the nicest things someone has ever done for me. Mary Ellen was such a unique person as she didn't have an ounce of hate in her, and would do anything for her friends and family. She was all class and all heart. I'll miss her so much, and know that my time spent with her was such a blessing!
*Dominic is a friend of mine (Billy) from the convention circuit, who runs a great company, getting stars work at conventions. Mary Ellen Trainor was one of those clients and I knew Dom would have a great story about her and what he had to say blew me away! Check out his sites for more information.