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Elizabeth Taylor came over to try on his jewelry! Toronto main character Salah Bachir recalls celebrity encounters in new book

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Salah Bachir writes about his encounters with celebrities in his new book, "First to Leave the Party" (Penguin Random House, out Oct.17).

Once upon a time, Elizabeth Taylor took a taxi to Toronto entrepreneur and philanthropist Salah Bachir’s home to try on his collection of antique jewelry — and was delighted that the doorman didn’t recognize her.

“I think for a lot of people in the spotlight, being anonymous is so appealing,” Bachir told me of the many celebrities he’s encountered, and has written about in his book, “First to Leave the Party,” (Signal) out Oct. 17. “Being able to go to a Swiss Chalet. They didn’t want to go to Scaramouche, or Bistro 990. We went to my mom’s backyard, or an Indian buffet in Etobicoke.” Ella Fitzgerald whipped him up eggs for dinner.

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Toronto philanthropist Salah Bachir writes about his celebrity encounters in "First to Leave the Party."

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Christopher Plummer with Toronto philanthropist Salah Bachir, who writes about his celebrity encounters in "First to Leave the Party."

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Leanne Delap
Leanne Delap is a Toronto-based freelance contributor for the Star's Life section and for The Kit, our weekly beauty and fashion digest where she writes the weekly Ask The Kit column.

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