Hollywood UPS driver has star memories

May 19, 2004 at 4:41 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 19 (UPI) -- Veteran UPS driver Bill Sender had the inside scoop on stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee when he delivered packages in Hollywood.

Sender, who began working for UPS in 1962, knew which actors were nice, which ones weren't, who drank and who had kids, the 66-year-old driver said in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times.

"Peggy Lee was very nice, very friendly. Randolph Scott, he was friendly. James Stewart, friendly," said Sender as he recalled his 42-year UPS career.

Whenever Sender delivered to Broderick Crawford's home, the Oscar winner frequently was holding a beer, Sender said.

Jamie Lee Curtis was a little girl when Sender took packages to the home of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.

He often delivered packages to the William Morris Agency, where he ran into Groucho Marx. "'Eeeeey, what's goin' on, kiddo?" Sender said Marx asked him.

Of course, Sender also has a list of who wasn't nice.

"A couple of unfriendlies would be Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli," Sender said. "They'd be getting their nails done and you'd hold the elevator door open for them and they wouldn't even look at you. They'd never thank you."

Sender switched to driving big rigs for UPS in 1977.

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