Theatrical diva Patti LuPone is not one to suffer fools gladly. The actress/singer/memoirist best known for her Tony-winning star turn in Evita on Broadway in the early ’80s, is as legendary for her explosive temper as she is for her brassy mezzo soprano. She once famously stopped a performance of Gypsy in mid-song to angrily berate an inconsiderate audience member who had the gall to take pictures while she was singing.
Seeing how LuPone isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and do something herself if it needs being done right, when she had a problem with Twitter she personally marched down to the company’s hip SoMa digs and attempted to give them a piece of her mind, says the Chron’s Leah Garchik.
What had happened was that, as is the case with many other celebrities, someone had started a fake Twitter account in her name–something LuPone certainly did not appreciate. LuPone, who was in town for appearance on Forum with Michael Krasny had little luck resolving the issue online so she decided to go right to the source.
Despite the limitless amount of potential hilarity that would have been come from an argument between Patti LuPone and Twitter honcho Biz Stone, LuPone was unfortunately unable to get past the receptionist. The litany of “Do You Have Any Idea Who I Am”s apparently fell on deaf ears because the receptionist, who had no idea who she was, threatened to call security and LuPone eventually high-tailed it out of there.
Eventually the matter was resolved and the offending Twitter account has since been removed. However, two other fake accounts in LuPone’s name are still active on the micro blogging service, although those are clearly indicated as not belonging to the B’way star herself.
These fake accounts, or “phweets”, abound on Twitter and have allowed people to fulfill fantasies of being everyone from His Holiness The Dali Llama to His Holiness The David Hasselhoff. Twitter usually tolerates these accounts as long as they make a clear distinction of not being a product of the actual celebrity in question, however it appears as the company’s their policy is still evolving .