Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone are surprisingly approachable.
Barbara Stanwyck is reported to have walked off a set recently, but her fans find her friendly and accommodating.Nobody has an unkind word about Robert Wagner or Jimmy Stewart.
Jerry Lewis is great with "his kids," but fans seeking autographs are more likely to get verbal abuse.
These are the findings of the readers of "Autograph Collectors' Magazine," founded by Joe Kraus of Stockton a couple of years ago when the newspaper he had been editing folded. He says the magazine has a circulation of 10,000 worldwide and believes there are at least that many more active collectors.
"All autograph collectors have complained about how bad celebrities treat them," said Kraus.
Last year, he invited readers to send in their votes for the 10-best and 10-worst stars from the autograph hound's point of view.
"Madonna and Sean Penn almost made it as a husband-and-wife team last year, but Madonna lost out to somebody else by a point or two. She may make this year's list, though," he said.
The voting isn't yet complete for this year's lists, which will be published in the next edition.
Kraus said a pattern has emerged: the biggest, oldest stars treat fans best, while the neophytes are worst.
"Clint Eastwood you'd think would be hard to approach. He's not. He's great. Sylvester Stallone - no problem. Molly Ringwald is the worst thing that ever came along for autograph collectors."
Paul Newman says he quit signing autographs when a hound followed him into a public restroom stall, said Kraus.
"He hasn't signed a single autograph in public since that we know of," Kraus said.
Kraus doesn't condone this level of persistence, and says he would not do anything illegal.
"All you're trying to do is get a signature," he said, with less intensity than many collectors apparently feel. But he says the reluctance of many stars to sign has "forced" autograph hunters to use subterfuge and even to resort to an occasional illegal entry.
"Autograph collectors would be great candidates for the Secret Service or `Mission Impossible,"' he added. "They really know how to get in where other people can't."
Celebrity golf tournaments are great places to collect autographs without having to sneak, said Kraus.
"Take the Bob Hope Desert Classic. There may be as many as 50 celebrities from all walks of life."
The same goes for the Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby tournaments, and the John Denver Ski Classic at Tahoe.
"Put these annual things on your calendar," he suggests to serious collectors.
The Academy Awards may be the biggest single gathering of heavenly bodies under one roof, but that's the problem - too big, says Kraus. "Some do real well there, but I steer away from it."
His favorite places to hunt are colleges and universities. "They always have guest speakers - less Hollywood, but authors and politicians." And the crowd around a speaker is usually smaller than that around a rock group after a concert, he noted.
Rock stars are mobbed at concerts, so autograph hounds are likely to try to figure out where they're staying, said Kraus.
"It's sort of a game because collectors know they're not using their real names, and they try to find out what names they're using. It might be the name of an album or one of their songs," Kraus said. .
"Then the collectors dress up with a three-piece suit and briefcase, and sit around the lobby like they're doing some work. Then when the person comes by, they go up and get the autograph. It's no problem at that point because there's not a crowd around."
For many collectors, the chase is a big part of the fun, said Kraus.
Although he's collected autographs since he was 12 (he admits to being in his late 40s now), Kraus has never had to climb a fence or hang out in a hotel lobby to get one. His work as a newspaperman before starting the magazine also gives him an entree with visiting dignitaries.
His chases are low-key and non-invasive, but satisfying.
"Celebrities as well as collectors will tell you this: East Coast collectors and East Coast stars are a problem. Back there, collectors seem to go out of their ways to do bad things to stars, and stars treat the fans terribly," he said.
Some celebrities won't deal with autograph hunters at all as a result.
On the West Coast, by contrast, said Kraus, "fans are courteous and say thank you, and West Coast celebrities tend to feel autograph hunters are not a problem."