Chronicle

New York Times, 25 March 1995
By Enid Nemy

Francine Shore was, as she says, "up at bat" at a cash machine at Avenue of the Americas and 14th Street this week when she realized that the machine wasn't ready for her. It was still asking if another transaction was wanted, and when she pushed "No," a card popped out. No other customers were in sight, but a man acting as an unofficial doorman told her that he had seen a man jump into a cab. She looked at the card, which was from Lloyds Bank; the name on it was RUFUS SEWELL.

By a coincidence hard to believe, Ms. Shore, a one-time casting assistant, not only recognized the name, still somewhat obscure in this country, but knew where to find the man. She had seen Mr. Sewell, an Irish actor, in the movie "A Man of No Importance" and was about to see him in "Translations," the Brian Friel play now on Broadway.

She called the company manager at the theater and told him the story, and he sent a messenger for the card. Ms. Shore enclosed a note prefaced, "Only in New York."

The next day the actor responded: a bouquet was delivered to her apartment in Chelsea with a thank-you note that ended, "Only in New York indeed."

By the way, Mr. Sewell, who calls himself a klutz, has also lost two wallets and a small shoulder bag in his seven weeks in New York. "By the end of the day, I'm always one thing short," he said.


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