Kiner dated actress Janet Leigh, of “Psycho” fame, while she was in Pittsburgh in 1951 filming some scenes for the movie “Angels in the Outfield.”
Years later, Kiner was in the press box at Shea Stadium in New York, when he noticed Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband were in the room.
He asked his then-wife if he should go over to Curtis and tell her he dated her mom, and his wife told him he should do it.
Kiner started telling Curtis he used to play for the Pirates and, “With that, she jumped up threw her arms around me, and said, ‘Daddy! I’ve been searching for you all my life!’ ”
Curtis was only kidding around, but her quick response impressed Kiner.
“I thought the reaction was so fast, it was just stunning!” he said.
Kiner had an earlier encounter with another starlet from the silver screen.
In 1949, “I had one date with Elizabeth Taylor. She was 17 years old.”
Kiner was about 27.
“Bing Crosby fixed me up — he was one of the owners of the Pirates — and he said, ‘How would you like to go out with Elizabeth Taylor?’ ”
“He set it up with her agent. She was just starting out. I think she had just made ‘National Velvet.’”
The two went to see the movie “Twelve O’Clock High,” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, then joined another couple for dinner at Romanoff’’s in Beverly Hills.
He said Louella Parsons — the movie/gossip columnist — stopped by the table for some chit chat.
There was no second date.
“She wouldn’t go out with me after that,” Kiner said.
Posted: February 17, 2013 at 09:21 AM | 18 comment(s)
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