Globes a Golden destination for movie fans

Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:37am EST
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By R.T. Watson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Like a seasoned hunter, Ruth Turpin carefully awaits her quarry. She knows that if she remains calm and patient, the big game will come to her. It's all about being in the right place at the right time.

In this case, the right place is the Beverly Hilton during Golden Globes weekend every January. But Turpin has no intention of harming her prey. She has traveled from Fort Worth, Texas, to the site of the Globes for the past 17 years to get a rare inside peek at showbiz and to snag a few trophies -- up-close snapshots of her with her favorite stars.

"It's something you wouldn't be able to see in your wildest dreams," she says.

Turpin is one of the small yet loyal cadre of superfans who take up residence in the Beverly Hilton each year for their own personal taste of the Globes. The hotel offers about 100 luxury packages annually that include a two-night stay, reserved bleacher seats along the red carpet and a gift bag including an autograph book and binoculars.

The packages range from $2,800-$3,900 depending on what type of room you book and what row you reserve in the bleachers. Certainly not cheap, but guests get a lot of celebrity bang for their buck.

"If you're a big entertainment fan, this is the best awards show because it's got the best of TV and film," says Moira Fraser, a bubbly civil servant who operates a Gerard Butler fan site and travels to the Beverly Hilton each year from her home in Inverkeithing, Scotland. Plus, with the Globes afterparties mostly contained within the hotel, stars tend to linger, rather than being whisked away behind velvet ropes.

Turpin was first drawn to the Globes by accident. Staying at the Beverly Hilton on a business trip to Los Angeles, "As I was going to one of my evening meetings I got off the elevator and there was Kevin Costner!" she recalls.

After seeing several more stars, Turpin knew something peculiar was afoot. She questioned hotel staff and discovered the Globes were being held that night. "At that time it was a dinner, it wasn't a big presentation at all," she says.   Continued...