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Can meeting your childhood heroes spoil your memories?

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Once I booked an EDM event where this guy turned up with two lightsabers. One each. When my husband and I decided to go to the cinema to see 'Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens' last year, I mentioned that I'd probably be welling up towards the end of the movie. I was wrong. The reality of watching 'The Force Awakens' 39 years after 'A New Hope' had first tugged at my heart's strings was at odds with the tenacity of the seven-year-old inside me who'd never grown out of wanting to be a Jedi princess. No matter how much I strived to act like an 'adult' on December 22nd 2015, I lost my shit at this scene: - the movie's opening titles. And with 'losing my shit' I mean, I began sobbing uncontrollably. Following that, THIS was the scene that made me simultaneously laugh and cry:- Han and Chewie jump out onto the Millennium Falcon. Again. And this is the scene that made my eyes water like the fountain in front of New

I met Oprah - who wants to touch me?

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30 Rock 's fictional character, Liz Lemon asks that very question to her office colleagues when she returns to NYC in episode two of Season Three, 'Believe In The Stars' (she'd met Oprah on a plane while travelling the previous week). Today, I feel the same way. Why? Because five minutes after I got to the Hospitality area of the New York Film Festival following the first screening of Ava DuVernay 's heart-stopping documentary, '13th' , Oprah Winfrey walked into the room. "Hello everybody!" Gracing the four walls of the Alice Tully Hall's Green Room with her spunky presence,  Oprah addressed the whole room. Everyone inside it instantly felt grateful for something they couldn't quite pinpoint. Her friends said hello back, while the rest of us did our best to act like staring at wallpaper held the secret to the meaning of life. "Good god, Lemon" I can just hear an invisible Jack Donaghy reverberate into my skull chamber.