October 5, 2005

Orlando and Oprah: A Force For Good

A teen transplanted from Hurricane Katrina recently got a surprise visitor on her doorstep: Orlando Bloom! Here's an account from the Louisville Courier-Journal:

When Jessica Samson arrived in Louisville after fleeing New Orleans with little more than the clothes on her back, she had no idea it would be Orlando Bloom who'd replenish her wardrobe.

Samson, 14, and her family moved in with an uncle and learned that Hurricane Katrina had destroyed nearly everything they had owned. Suffice it to say, Samson was stunned when "The Oprah Winfrey Show" arranged for Bloom to pay the Assumption High School student a visit Saturday during his trip into town for the screening of "Elizabethtown."

In addition to giving Samson and her sister, Anne, 23, a $5,000 Guess gift certificate each and the chance to walk down the red carpet with him at the screening, Bloom offered her solace.

"It was nice to get out and do something fun and not have to worry about anything," a still-beaming Samson said yesterday.

(FYI, Orlando is a guest on today's Oprah -- from the previews I've seen, Oprah has a hard time NOT salivating in his presence. But can you blame her?) -- Amy

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