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September 2, 2011

TV, music stars share memories of terror attacks

NEW YORK — The attacks of Sept. 11 touched everyone, including celebrities. Television and music stars share their memories of that fateful day.

Fran Drescher, actress: [Drescher was at her California home on 9/11]

“My boyfriend woke me up and said, ‘They bombed the World Trade Center, turn on the TV.’ I immediately turned it on and watched in horror along with the rest of the world when, for some reason, unknown to myself, my eyes moved from the TV towards the window where I saw a pod of dolphins leaping joyfully in the water, and I felt in that moment it was divine intervention, a message from God that it was not the end of the world, just the end of the world as we knew it.”

Two-time Emmy nominee Fran Drescher currently stars in the TV Land series “Happily Divorced”


Kristin Bauer, actress

“I was in bed asleep, as I am known to not be a morning person. My phone was ringing off the hook, which never happens before 11 a.m., as anyone who knows me knows this is grounds for ending our friendship. I finally lifted the phone and said, ‘What?!’ My friend said, ‘Turn on the TV’” By his tone I knew he was serious. I said, ‘What channel?’ He said, ‘Any channel.’ I was, of course, stunned when I joined the rest of the world in trying to process this tragedy, and still am.”

Kristin Bauer currently stars in the HBO series “True Blood”


Lee Greenwood, country music artist

“I will remember the slaughter of American lives taken on 9/11/01 as long as I live. The events, as they unfolded, they brought forth the immediate questions: ‘Who did this?’  and ‘Why did they do it?’ The terrorists caught us vulnerable and asleep, but it didn’t take us long to wake up. America is rarely tested as a nation to defend itself. We usually defend others and give the blood of our soldiers to prove how much we care for the rest of the world. We may have to rethink our involvement in international conflict from now on and concentrate on the protection of our own country.”

Lee Greenwood wrote and recorded the 1984 hit “God Bless the USA”


Jill Zarin, reality TV Star

“I remember it vividly. I was on my way to a fashion show, and the person I was going with never showed up. I called and she told me to turn on the news. I thought it was an accident. My apartment looked onto the World Trade Center, and I saw the second plane hit. My daughter was at the United Nations International School, and they locked down the school. It was unbelievable, like a war zone, such devastation and tragedy, every story a nightmare.”

Jill Zarin stars in the Bravo reality series “The Real Housewives of New York City”


Coby Bell, actor: [Bell was filming in New York when 9/11 happened]

“My wife and I lived two blocks away from the World Trade Center and we were home when it happened. I remember thinking, ‘This can’t be happening,’ even though I could see and hear and feel the reality of it all around me.”

Coby Bell currently stars in the USA Network series “Burn Notice” and the BET series “The Game”


Lee Brice, country music artist

“It was literally the first morning I woke up actually living in Nashville. My parents had helped me move in the day before, and they woke me up to the news. It quickly became a reality that our country was being attacked and we were in trouble, but you can’t keep us down. We are the United States. Ten years later we are stronger and a whole lot smarter.”

Lee Brice's hit song “Love Like Crazy” spent a record 56 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


John Desilva, TV host

“I lived in New York City on 9/11. I went to my roof, and I watched the second plane fly into the towers. The smoke and destruction made its way into my apartment windows. My close friend, Daniel Suhr, was the first firefighter killed. A woman jumped from the building and landed directly on top of him. He was running into the building with his company and the last words he said to his men were, ‘Boys, keep your heads up and your eyes open. This is the most dangerous job of our lives.’ He turned from his men and stepped toward the building and was crushed to death. All his men survived because they had to pull him out. Seven men are alive today because Danny was killed. The company that went in behind them all died.”

John DeSilva  is host of the DIY Network series “10 Grand in Your Hand” and “Run My Renovation”

 

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