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March 07, 2018
Whoopi Goldberg
Sam Smith

Sam Smith has admitted it was a "dream come true" when he got to meet 'Mary Poppins' star Julie Andrews at the Raise Your Voice Gala last Monday night.

The 25-year-old singer took time out from his busy schedule to perform at the event held at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City in support of surgeon Dr Steven Zeitels, who removed polyps on his vocal cords saving his music career.

Among the guests at the star-studded evening was 82-year-old screen legend Andrews, and Smith just had to meet her because he was obsessed with the Disney musical about the magical nanny when he was growing up.

Taking to Twitter about his chat with Andrews, he wrote: "Words cannot describe last night. Such an honour to sing in support of The Voice Health Institute. Steven Zeitels & his incredible team saved my voice. Forever grateful & so passionate about the work you do. I'll also never ever forget the night I met Dame @JulieAndrews. When I was three years old, I used to dress up as Mary Poppins and my dad would fly me around the house (gay from birth) Last night was a dream come true [sic]"

Whoopi Goldberg has joked about being visited by the ghost of Patrick Swayze.

The Ghost actress was talking about working with her late co-star on Jerry Zucker's 1990 movie during an appearance at the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, as she looked at photos from her career, when a picture moved of its own accord.

Speaking to Jessica Niebel, acting head of curatorial affairs, Whoopi said: "Jerry's our director, and he's explaining what we're supposed to be doing, but I suspect he's saying to Patrick, 'Now, you can't keep telling jokes ...' "

At this moment, the picture fell forward, and the star looked up and quickly added: "See, you know that's what he's saying to you, you know that's why you moved it."

Another eerie moment came as she was recalling a scene from Zucker's 1980 comedy Airplane!, and initially struggled to remember actress Barbara Billingsley's name, instead just saying she played the mum on Leave It To Beaver.

Some of the lights in the room went out for a moment, and she said: "Barbara Billingsley, yes I remember. Barbara Billingsley is the lady who said, 'Yes, I speak jive'."

Whoopi chatted about both experiences during The View last Monday, and admitted that it "freaked" her out a bit.