Who did you write to, what did you say,did you get a response, it is something you still do or just a teen phase?
Who did you write to, what did you say,did you get a response, it is something you still do or just a teen phase?
|by Anonymous||reply 128||01/06/2016|
When I was 13 I wrote a fan letter to a soap actress. Her name was Susan Keith and she played Cecile de Poulignac on Another World. She played a mean bitch and I was sort of in love with her. She replied with a very nice letter and sent a picture. She was funny and very touched by my letter. That was my first and last fan letter...
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/11/2010|
Believe it or not -- Ron Corning. My friend really wanted to meet him, so I gave it a try. He answered, suggesting we attend one of the station-sponsored events.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/11/2010|
Only children and mentally ill fangurls write celebrities.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/11/2010|
Parker Posey. I requested an autograph. I even decorated the manilla envelope with my favorite quotes from her movies.
She never wrote back.
(Now that I think about it, she might have thought it dangerous to write me back...)
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/11/2010|
I sent an e-mail to Tab Hunter to let him know that the DL was discussing he and Anthony Perkins. I thought he might like to join in and clear up any misconceptions. He did not reply back.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/11/2010|
I've contacted a few in my lifetime (I just turned 30). Those who responded include:
- Dan Wilson, the lead singer of Semisonic; he was appreciative of the praise I heaped on the band...the response actually came within 30 minutes of me sending the original e-mail
- Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman on "The Young and the Restless"); I sent her an e-mail shortly after she came back to Y&R; I told her she was doing an amazing job and it was good to have her back on the show; I also said that she deserved an Emmy for her work, and the following year she won a Best Actress Daytime Emmy; she was unbelievably sweet and humble in her reply (she thanked me for all of the kind words)
- Anderson Cooper; I contacted him back in 2003 when he was filling in for Aaron Brown (the big stories at the time were the Columbia space shuttle disaster and Lacey Peterson--who had only been missing for a month); I told him that I enjoyed his work and I looked forward to him getting his own show on CNN; he was quick and his response and absolutely hilarious; I was struck by how gracious and humorous he was, and while the drama that surrounds his personal life is kind of pathetic, I really do believe that he's a genuinely nice guy
- Robin Meade (hosts a morning show on HLN); typical beauty queen; perky and sweet--she didn't seem particularly genuine, but she seemed to appreciate the compliments I gave to her
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/11/2010|
I just remembered that I sent an e-mail to Joy Behar when Elisabeth was new to the show. I asked her how she was able to maintain control and not slap the fuck out of her. Joy did not reply.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/11/2010|
I covered both of R3's conditions: I wrote to Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary on "Little House on the Prairie") when I was 11 or so. Never heard back. And while I was recuperation from clinically depression, I wrote to Tom Hulce because of his performance in "Amadeus". Got to meet him in person while he was doing "The Normal Heart" in New Haven.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/11/2010|
I'd write some hate mail to Elton John if I knew his address.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/11/2010|
As a teen I sent one to Johnny Carson, Buddy Ebsen and the show ST. ELSEWHERE. Carson's people sent me a form letter saying thanks and that Mr. Carson reads his mail, but doesn't personally respond. Ebsen replied to me. It was short (1 or 2 sentences). I got a signed cast photo from ST. ELSEWHERE.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/11/2010|
My list is strange but here goes-
Ann B. Davis sent an autographed photo, as did Mary Tyler Moore, Kathy Garver, Karen Valentine, Patty Duke, and several others. I got a photo and letter from Michelle Lee. Ann-Margret and I still exchange Xmas and birthday cards but I worked for her for a short time. Years ago, my best friend and I were drunk and decided to write to Edie McClurg. We did and several weeks later we each got a letter and photo. In the letter/s, she told us she loved all her fans "drunk OR sober".
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/11/2010|
My friend and I were in a Burger King when we were 13 and I swear we saw MC Hammer. She said it wasn't him. I wrote asking if he was at the Burger King in Seaford NY on that date.
Two weeks later I got an "personal invitation to join the MC Hammer fan club". With bigger stars, I doubt anyone ever reads these things at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/11/2010|
Yes....When I was 10 or so I went through a classic film phase and wrote to Bette Davis asking her to please sign the picture of her that I cut out of a magazine and she returned it and an actual 8x10 glossy autographed photo
I wrote to Gloria Swanson telling her how much I enjoyed Sunset Boulevard as well as her early silent films and she sent me an autographed 8X10 from Sunset and a nice note thanking me for being such a sweet young fan
I always wanted a Garbo Autograph but NEVER got one........
I wrote to many film stars of the silent and golden era of films who were still alive and I got a pretty good 80% return rate...It also helps when you include a self addressed stamped envelope.....LOL someday the collection might make a good retirement fund
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/11/2010|
I wrote a very strange email to Brian Unger when he was a correspondent on The Daily Show, back in the Craig Kilborn days. I don't know what I was thinking, but I told him I thought he was hot. No response, of course. I must have been drunk...
|by Anonymous||reply 14||06/11/2010|
As a kid, I wrote to Debbie Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Jodie Foster.
Never heard back from any of them. The cunts.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/11/2010|
Some people of note will answer on twitter.
Twitter is a free-for-all
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/11/2010|
I sent a Farside card to Johnny Carson when he retired, to let him know how much I enjoyed him over the years.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/11/2010|
I also wrote to Bette Davis and she sent me 2 signed 8 x 10 photo's. I still have them.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/11/2010|
I wrote Cleo Laine when she turned 80. I always liked her music and spent a pleasant 20 minutes once with her while she was stuck on the street waiting for a late car after a performance - talk about down to earth.
However, I had a friend who sent Robert Goulet two dozen roses and picture of himself nude with a teddy bear strategically placed. The delivery was made to Goulet's dressing room where he was appearing. My friend was disappointed that Goulet never called. Of course he was completely drunk during his run, breaking character to tell terrible stories about Carol Lawrence. It was the alcoholism that made him so appealing to my friend, poor dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/11/2010|
Some show business people have question and answer sessions on twitter. Rob Thomas, the singer, has them occasionally. As does Scarlett Johannson.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/11/2010|
David Cook (American Idol winner) does question and answer sessions on twitter, as does Chuck Wicks (country music singer and Dancing with the Stars contestant)
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/11/2010|
I wrote to Donna Summer's fan club about tour info in 1987, and got a handwritten note back from Donna explaining the fan club was then defunct and a signed photo. I was glad that Donna personally got to read that I was willing to fly wherever I had to to see her in concert. A new fan club started up a few years later and ran until the late 90s when the internet made it obsolete.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/11/2010|
r15, when did you write them? I heard or read, I have no idea, that Jodie used to write to fans and even call them, before Hickley. In fact, that's why there's recording of Jodie/Hinkley phone conversations, she would take the call.
Missed your chance?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/11/2010|
That's pretty cool, r22 that she wrote back even with her fan club closed. Can you imagine stars now writing back a personal letter explaining that?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/11/2010|
How does the internet makes fan clubs obsolete?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/11/2010|
I wouldn't write a letter, since I don't write letters to anyone, but I send notes on email, Twitter and Facebook to various celebrities all the time. Why not? It's for entertainment purposes only, and sometimes they write you back. They ask you to Tweet them so it's all good.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/11/2010|
A fan site that has updated every Sunday night for nearly 15 yrs now, r25. That's the new fan club.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/11/2010|
R26's post from start to finish makes me sad and fearful for the future of our culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/11/2010|
Mariska sent me a pubic hair, just one, but she did fulfill my request.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/11/2010|
Laura Weber. She very graciously responded with a hand-written postcard. Gracious, because my 10-year-old self had been inadvertently ham-handed in my fan letter.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/11/2010|
I was a bored child. I have autographed pics from Mary Tyler Moore, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and tons of 70's movie stars. Individual and cast pics from MASH, Little House, the Waltons and several other big 70's stars like Loni Anderson. In the late 80's, exchanged several letters with James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn; their replies are on their personal letterhead. Have a couple nice letters from Queen Elizabeth's Lady-in-Waiting. When Henry Fonda died, I sent a telgram to Jane expressing condolences; she sent an in-memoriam card with a picture of Henry as Tom Joad on the front and his (Steinbeck's)famous quote on the inside; Jane signed it.
Yes, I was bored.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/11/2010|
r28, sorry Grandpa, the internet is here to stay. I can imagine what your take on electricity and indoor plumbing is.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/11/2010|
Sent a letter to Rosie when she was a vj on VH1. She sent me a letter back with lots of humor and thanks. Still have it.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/11/2010|
[quote] In fact, that's why there's recording of Jodie/Hinkley phone conversations,
Really?? Very interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/12/2010|
When I was 11 I sent a request to Cheryl Ladd for an autograph. We moved so I don't know if (a) my mother actually mailed it and (b) if she did if the pic came after we moved.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||06/12/2010|
Not quite a fan letter but I did send a letter to Elton John when I was a chid. The house he lives in in Old Windsor was the house my grandparents met in (when they were both working for the owner). When it was coming up to their 50th wedding anniversary I wrote to ask if they could visit the house. He was very nice and arranged a tour, champagne and a meal. He was really lovely to my nan and granddad.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/12/2010|
When I was 12 I sent a letter to Michael Jackson, and he replied asking for my stats.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/12/2010|
I just found the letter I wrote to Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore when I was in grade school. I told them if they were ever in my small town they could come by and visit. I wrote to Helen Reddy in high school and received an answer. I latter found out it was an assistant that actually wrote it.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||06/12/2010|
Because a friend of hers listed her address here on DL I sent Betty Hutton a "thank you for being you" kind of a card.
Then she died.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||06/12/2010|
Dorothy Hamill, around 1977 when I was 17. I got an autographed photo in return.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||06/12/2010|
Late in her life, when I was a kid, I wrote a fan letter to Ethel Merman, commenting on some of her performances and asking some questions. She wrote me back, in longhand, a great letter answering all my questions. It was written on legal pad paper with a felt tip pen. Very casual and friendly - signed "Regards, E.M." and mailed in an envelope on which she had written "Air Mail". This was many years after the "air mail" distinction was applicable.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||06/12/2010|
We've done this type of thread several times before and I never get tired of reading the replies. There are always some that are new to the discussion and many are delightful stories.
As much as I loathe Elton John, I'm glad he was so kind to the nan and granddad of r36.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||06/12/2010|
No lie, I wrote Rosie O'Donnell a fan letter when I was a young teenager and she was a VJ on VH1. I thought she was hilarious. She sent me back a postcard w/ her autograph, which I still have. I'm a gay male BTW.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/12/2010|
When I was 12 I wrote a letter to Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. I never heard back.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/12/2010|
Have you ever sent fan mail to a family member?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||06/12/2010|
I wrote Lauren Bacall.
Her reply was an envelope of white powder.
I don't feel so good.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||06/12/2010|
[quote]Laura Weber. She very graciously responded with a hand-written postcard.
Do you mean Genie Francis?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||06/12/2010|
About 20 years ago, I sent fan mail to a local anchor after a particularly interesting noon newscast. First she did an interview with someone about testicular cancer, who was urging men to feel their balls (this was 20 years ago, and kind of made me snicker.) Jill didn't flinch. Then she did a segment with Bobcat Goldthwait. He made a total ass of himself, but Jill remained poised.
She sent me a sweet reply on purple paper, written with purple ink. I sent her a couple of more over the next few years.
Cut to the present. Her morning show has a live chat, and we have become reacquainted. She is still a doll.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/12/2010|
I wrote a fan letter to the whole cast of 90210 (original) and to my amazement, got a response back in the form of a poster.
I also wrote to Micheal Jackson, Tia and Tamara Mowry and the boy group Immature. They never wrote back.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||06/12/2010|
C. Thomas Howell. Got an signed photo EIGHT YEARS later! a
|by Anonymous||reply 50||06/12/2010|
Better late than never, r50. I wrote to Olivia Newton-John back in the early 80s, during the height of her fame. About two months later I received a printout of "Olivia from A to Z" about her favorite things etc. Then, about 2 years later I received a personally signed photograph from her.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/12/2010|
OK, here goes:
As a 10-12 year old gay boy I wrote fan letters to Valerie Bertinelli, Nancy McKeon, and yes....Lisa Welchel.
I got standard letters/autographed pics from all of them. Nancy's was actually a post card and it had a real ugly-ass pic of her. I was pissed she didn't look like "Jo."
The letter from Lisa said it was from her grandmother who took care of her fan mail because Lisa was "too busy" to do it herself. She threw in a pic of Lisa from the show that looked like one of those wallet sized high school pictures you get.
I also wrote to Madonna. She sent me a fold out poster of a pic from the Material Girl video with a letter on the back. The letter was hand-written & started off with "I'm writing this just for you. I'm sitting in my hotel room during a break from the tour" but it looked like a photo-copy. That said, she did reference all of the questions I asked in my letter so I always held out hope that she did really write to ME.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||06/12/2010|
I sent a birthday card to Troy Aikman and got an offer to join his fan club.
I think his mom ran or still runs his fan club.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/12/2010|
I find these responses very entertaining and I have also always wondered how you know how to contact the celebrity...where do you send your request? What address do you use?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||06/12/2010|
[quote] but it looked like a photo-copy
How can you not tell if something's a photo-copy or not?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||06/12/2010|
[italic]How can you not tell if something's a photo-copy or not?[/italic]
I just meant that it wasn't like she sent me a page ripped out of her notebook or stationery that she wrote on. It was printed on the back of a poster on glossy paper and looked mass-produced.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/12/2010|
In the mid 80s I sent an unsigned birthday card to her, asking her to sign it and post it on to a friend of mine.
And she did.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||06/12/2010|
Writing celebrities was a hobby for me. I wrote tons of soap opera actors (Ricky Martin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, etc. They both sent signed photos). I almost always received a response. Jimmy Stewart sent a card not long before he died.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/12/2010|
I emailed Lily Tomlin a few years back. Of course I told her how much I have loved her forever, and I asked if there would be a CD version of her comedy albums coming out.
Two or three months later I received a very nice reply email, short and sweet. She thanked me for the note, and promised that CD's were in the works.
Now I love her even more.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/12/2010|
[quote] I find these responses very entertaining and I have also always wondered how you know how to contact the celebrity...where do you send your request? What address do you use?
When I was a teenager I used to write to people for autographs. This was from about 1995-2001.
I used to get my addresses a number of ways. There were books, and at the time a newsgroup (remember those?) where people used to post their successes. I don't know if it still exists. There was also a free website where people would post addresses called StarArchive which I think is now called something else and is no longer free.
For people who were currently working, I'd send to theatres or sets and sometimes to their agents. For people that weren't working much I'd usually send to their homes. In retrospect it was a little eerie that I had, say Estelle Getty's home address.
I collected mostly television stars and some politicians. The politicians ALWAYS sent something because for them, postage is free.
Looking back at the people I wrote to and got responses, it was pretty gay for a teenage boy to send letters to. Some that spring to mind, Isabel Sanford, Linda Evans, Bea Arthur, Jerry Herman, Conrad Bain, Joan Collins, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joe E. Tata, Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae (Mindy Cohn and Kim Fields NEVER answered), Peter Graves, Marla Pennington, Dick Van Dyke, Liza, Whoopi, Dorothy Lyman, Phylicia Rashad, Charlton Heston (yes I know).
I never really asked questions, but I remember writing a really sweet and probably cheesy note to Mary Beth Peil (Grams on Dawson's Creek) and getting a nice note from her. I also remember asking Marla Gibbs if there'd ever be a "227" reunion and her writing back "maybe?"
I have about five binders, but haven't sent out a request in years. I'm not embarrassed about having collected, but it just seems strange as an adult.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||06/12/2010|
Not exactly fanmail, but I wrote to a celebrity and got overwhelming response. I got response [bold]by the ton.[/bold]
I wrote to Dear Abby that my military unit would be away from the USA at Christmas time and it would be nice if we could get some Christmas greetings from the folks at home.
Omigod, you can't imagine the result. Tens of thousands of letters/cards and thousands of packages. They arrived by tractor-trailer nearly every day for a month.
Thousands of people baked chocolate-chip cookies. We got three Christmas trees wrapped in wet burlap and plastic to keep them fresh. We got tapes from choirs. Entire schools drew Christmas pictures.
We had about 2,000 guys in our unit and there were volunteers working through the night, every night, opening packages and sorting the letters and cards. The drawings by kids were taped up on the walls of all the passageways. At all hours of the days and nights, there would be guys looking at the pictures and basking in the glow of good wishes they represented.
Several times a day, there would be an announcement of the Operation Dear Abby Mailcall. Guys from every office would come to get stacks of holiday greetings (and cookies) and there would be hundreds of men spending breaks and off-duty time writing replies. We were half a globe away from the U.S. but we knew the folks back home cared about us. Never in my life could I have imagined that one letter would generate so much mail and good will.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||06/12/2010|
I sent a fan letter to Wolman Mac thanking him for showing 'The Legend of Bigfoot' and he sent me a Bigbutt whistle prop from the sketch portion of the episode.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/12/2010|
Not quite in the same vein, but when I was a young adolescent, I wrote to my then favorite author, Madeleine L'Engle, gushing over her books- and wanting to add something personal- I also included some Chinese paper-cutouts that were precious to me.
So she wrote me back a beautiful long-handed letter, carefully acknowledging all of my comments, and I'm embarassed to admit, asking if I had made the delicate cutouts myself. ( I hadn't) She encouraged me in my own youthful scribblings in the most soulful way imaginable. I was walking on clouds for days.
P.S.- Great story R61!
|by Anonymous||reply 63||06/12/2010|
That is also a great story, R63!
|by Anonymous||reply 64||06/12/2010|
[quote]I just meant that it wasn't like she sent me a page ripped out of her notebook or stationery that she wrote on. It was printed on the back of a poster on glossy paper and looked mass-produced.
I don't get how it could have been photocopied. You said in your original post that she answered your questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||06/13/2010|
I sent a long fan letter to Joan Crawford after I saw her on TV in "Queen Bee." I must have been around 13 or 14 at the time, and was already acquiring a taste for unrepentant, high-quality bitchiness.
I got a nice typed letter back and a personally autographed photo thanking me for all the nice things I said about her and how much she appreciated my taking the time to write to her.
About ten years later, my mom, with the help of two my aunts during one her of Spring Cleaning Invitationals, tossed out the box of memorabilia that included that letter and picture along with photos and/or letters from Connie Francis, Troy Donahue, Brenda Lee, Roger Smith and Robert Conrad.
I had stored it in the depths of the basement rather than drag it across country to my tiny studio apartment in L.A. They decided that "he'll never want to see this junk again" and away it went.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||06/13/2010|
That's OK reply 66, as the movie showed, assistants took care of the fan mail.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||06/13/2010|
I wrote to an author whose work I adore and he sent me an early copy of his next book along with numerous other articles he'd written and has kept up email and phone correspondence with me for over a decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||06/13/2010|
r67. Thanks for the info - I never saw MD. If it was just an assistant signing everything, I feel a little better.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||06/13/2010|
I sent a handwritten letter in my best Palmer script to 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Emily never answered.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||06/13/2010|
I sent a sycophantic letter to Maiah Carey, and she sent me back a basket of puppies, which was nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||06/13/2010|
I sent a delicate handwritten note to Khloe Kardashian, and in return I received a stool sample and a small vial of urine.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||06/13/2010|
I've corresponded to author Ann Rule a few times. She seems like a really nice person.
I did read something on her website that made me think she was really naive, even after studying the behavior of some of the most evil people out there. She met Ryan O'Neal on the set of the Diane Downs movie and said he couldn't have been nicer. She didn't believe the stories about him being abusive!
|by Anonymous||reply 73||06/13/2010|
I've told this story here on DL before...
When I was 15 I wrote a letter to the author James Kirkwood after reading his novel 'Good Times/Bad Times', which, at the time, had a profound effect on me. I received a hand written note back from him.
Approximately 15 years later, in a very roundabout way, I met him through a friend from Atlanta. The friend was visiting me in NYC and we were invited to Kirkwood's apartment for drinks. While we were there, I sheepishly told Kirkwood that I had written him a gushing fan letter years ago. He got up, went in to another room, and returned with the letter I had written him. I have no recollection now about what I wrote in the letter, and didn't ask him then what was so special about the letter that he had it at hand.
But, damn, that was cool.
He was a very nice guy, and though I never got to know him well, I did run in to him a few more times and he always remembered me.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||06/13/2010|
I sent a fan letter to Jack Webb, star of TV's "Dragnet." Received a 5X7 B&W. His signature was part of the photo.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||06/15/2010|
I sent a letter to Douglas Hodge at Christmas after seeing him in La Cage aux Folles in London. He sent me a very sweet note back.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||06/15/2010|
In the 70s I sent a fan letter to James Cagney. I was around 10 yrs old at the time. He sent me a signed photo which to this day I am not sure what it says.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||06/15/2010|
I remember your story, R74. Thanks for retelling it.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||06/15/2010|
Who was the author, r68?
One of the funniest things I've ever read on the DL was a story about the 80s by someone who wrote to David Hasselfhoff during his Knightrider days. He was sent an 'autograph' from KITT instead, which was a tyre track on paper. The randomness totally cracked me up.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||06/15/2010|
Any fanmail lately?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||06/17/2010|
Yup! Sent a letter to Christopher Reeve and George Michael when I was 11 and 15. No response.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||06/17/2010|
As a young gay, I wrote to RuPaul via email. I thought I'd never hear back but I wanted to thank her for being fun and happy and always positive. I felt, at the time, that there were so many gay people who were fighting all the time and we always seemed angry. Just thanked her for showing the world that gays can be fun, too. I think this was when she had her talkshow.
She wrote back saying "I have always believed in sweetness and light and I hope you will carry those with you as you grow older" among other things. I thought it was sweet. If I dig through my old emails I bet I could find it. Bet she didn't really write it . . but is/was she "big" enough to have an email response team?
|by Anonymous||reply 82||06/17/2010|
As an adolescent/teen I sent fan mail to a few people, and (as I think I mentioned on another thread), one of my favorite replies was from Deborah Kerr, who sent a hand-written note. (She was appearing in "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" in Baltimore, so I wrote care of the theater).
Other theater folk who responded included Lynn Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick Stewart, but I got a very scoldy email from Kathleen Turner's agent telling me NOT to write to her at the theater.
I've also written letters to various authors, and treasure the reply I got from Anne Tyler. Anne McCaffrey also sent a fairly long, detailed response.
I have done a fair amount of freelance journalism, so I have saved some notes from celebs I dealt with professionally. (Usually something like: thanks for the interview).
Email has changed things a bit, and I've had email exchanges with Courtney Love (who mistook me for Kathleen Hanna), Amy Ray (after the Indigo Girls were "disinvited" from an appearance at my former high school), and a few others.
Way back in the early days of the 'net, I once got into an online chat with a guy who called himself "Prince R. Nelson" and didn't realize til AFTER that it was Prince.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||06/17/2010|
R83, please tell us the details of your conversation with Prince.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||06/17/2010|
I wrote to Blondie when I was 15 and their first album came out. I got a bunch of signed glossies, a press kit from their label and a letter from the president of there fan club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, who later when on to form The Gun Club, we remained friends until he died. He was a mess, but he was a sweetheart and he introduced me to Grant Hart (Husker Du drummer), which is a whole mess of a story in itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||06/17/2010|
When I was 14, I loved Steve Winwood's album "Arc of a Diver"--not just the music, but the cover art as well.
I wrote to the record label asking if the cover art was available as a poster.
I was shocked to get an original mock-up of the album art, signed by Steve Winwood thanking me for having "excellent taste in art and semi-excellent taste in music." Ha.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||06/17/2010|
Yes, tell us what Prince said, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||06/17/2010|
I think I wrote a fan letter to somebody when I was a kid, but I can't remember who I sent it to.
I can understand kids doing it but I don't know why any adult would. It's a silly thing to do, writing to somebody you don't know. I have no idea why any adult would write a fan letter, unless it was somebody who collected autographs as a hobby.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||06/17/2010|
 I hate to break it to you, but I've had long-distance dealings with Lily Tomlin, and she is one of the most selfish, cold-hearted people you could imagine! Anything nice she does is just when it's convenient for her. Anything beyond that, and you can forget it!
Sorry, but I had to let it out---the lady is a jerk!
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/26/2013|
So r81, did you jinx those guys and put a curse on them? Have you written to people who didn't have totally random tragedies after not answering your letter?
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/26/2013|
I don't remember how I got his NY address but I sent a fan letter to Chris NOth who sent back an autographed picture. He addressed the envelope as the handwritting on the pic matched the envelope. The return address was CA but the zip code it was mailed from was NYC.
I sent a fan letter to Kevin Spacey. Got an autographed pic weeks later (this was during the Iceman days) with an apology for being so late.
Also got a signed pic of Russell Crowe during his Gladitor days. Looked like someone else wrote the salutation but he signed the pic. Also included postcards of his band and little pics of him.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/26/2013|
I wrote to Pamela Sue Anderson when she was on television as Nancy Drew. The bitch never responded. I hate her now.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/26/2013|
Many stars have a professional fan mail service. They don't even read the fan, but arrange to send a standard 'form' letter back.
And this comes out of their pocket, all the photos, envelopes, mailing costs, etc.
Then you have stars that don't even bother with fan mail, they just ignore it.
Michael Weatherly (NCIS) is one star who doesn't even glance at his fan mail. His explanation is that they are writing to the character they see on TV, not to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/26/2013|
Yes. I went through a period of watching Young and Restless and wrote Jeanne Cooper a letter asking for a photo. I included a short note pertaining to her story line at the time. She replied back with a glossy and personalized message specific to my letter. Still have the glossy, envelope, etc.
I also have signed glossy from Clint Eastwood in the 70's when I wrote to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/26/2013|
Sandra Bullock actually CALLS her fans back
Go to 3:50 at the video
|by Anonymous||reply 95||03/26/2013|
I don't do this sort of thing, but I knew a gay college kid in the 1970s that sent Barbra Streisand some God-awful repo Sarah Bernhardt poster. It was embarrassing - total garbage. Well, what do you know, he got a hand-written thank you response from Ms. BS!
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/26/2013|
Johnathan Frid. He sent me a 5x7 as barnabas Collins with a crawled autograph.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||03/26/2013|
I wrote to Angela Lansbury about Sweeney Todd. I asked a ton of questions about the show, her acting choices, everything she did in the show because I was so obsessed with it and her. She sent me a great handwritten reply. I was shocked how detailed her answers were.
Wrote to Sondheim in the early 80's asking how to get a (then) unpublished song of his I wanted to sing for auditions. He sent me a complete piano score copy with a nice note.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/26/2013|
[quote]I wrote to Pamela Sue Anderson when she was on television as Nancy Drew.
I was a fan of her's too. I love the episode of "Nancy Drew" where she rips off her top and starts cavorting in the sand.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/26/2013|
This is embarrassing, but I sent some fan letters to a couple of soap stars when I was a teen.
I had sent Ruth Warrick (Phoebe, All My Children) one and didn't get a reply for like two or three years--I wasn't even living at home anymore. I had totally forgotten I'd written her but I think I had just watched her in Citizen Kane or something. She sent a nice letter saying that her "former" assistant had been hiding fan mail so she wouldn't have to deal with it, and Ruth had found boxes of unopened letters that had been hidden and was striving to answer them all. I thought that was pretty sweet.
My Julianne Moore obsession had started when she was on As The World Turns, so when she was leaving the show, I wrote her. I knew she was already gone from the show so I didn't expect much. Somehow she got it, and wrote me back a lovely, 2 page letter with three autographed pics--including one of her and Valerie Bertinelli from "I'll Take Manhattan". It wasn't just a form letter either, she actually referred to several different things I'd said in my letter. So, I've pretty much loved her ever since.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/26/2013|
I left a note at a theater that Joan Allen was performing at, and she sent back a very sweet handwritten note on girly paper. It made me love her even more; she was very gracious.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||03/26/2013|
I sent Jeanne Cooper a note about how much I loved her perfume and she responded very graciously.
I hope she pull through. Lovely woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||04/14/2013|
"I sent a birthday card to Troy Aikman and got an offer to join his fan club.
I think his mom ran or still runs his fan club."
LOL, I sent him a fan letter when I was 12. I never got a response, so I assumed he just laughed at it and threw it in the trash. I guess it was his mom who was laughing at it :)
|by Anonymous||reply 103||02/13/2014|
Only once. I sent a letter to a celebrity who was dealing with some professional difficulty. I didn't get a written response, but I was amazed when the letter was acknowledged, using my name, in a radio interview. That was cool, I thought.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||02/13/2014|
Anyone have a good fan address for Carol Burnett? I'd love to send her a letter telling her how much I loved her comedy and how it probably saved me from destroying myself when I was severely depressed.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||02/13/2014|
I wrote Barbara Bush once about a charity she and I both have an interest in.
She came to my house and head butted me personally.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||02/13/2014|
I wrote a letter to Mariah Carey when I was in elementary school (one of my "dialing the telephone with a pencil" moments). She never replied, probably because I asked if she was white or black.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||02/13/2014|
I wrote Buddy Ebsen, Johnny Carson and the show ST. ELSEWHERE.
Buddy wrote me a short letter.
Carson had a rep respond for him.
I got a signed cast photo from SE.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||02/13/2014|
On a trip to England, I came upon John Gielgud in Oxford in 1992 while he was shooting the outdoor procession scene in the "Twilight Of The Gods" episode of INSPECTOR MORSE. I behaved like some sort of loony paparazzi, he noticed, and when they cut for a bit, he cruised me. Hard. I met him, shook his hand, and got his autograph. He was so stately, but kind. What a wonderful experience! Months later, a friend helped me find his home address in England and I sent him copies of the best pictures I'd taken of him. Do you know he took the time to write a thank you note and greeting on personalized note card stock with his signature? I was beyond thrilled and treasure the whole experience.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||02/13/2014|
I wrote to several celebs, asking them to record some greetings on audio cassette tapes for a project I was working on. I got tapes from Johnny Cash, Lucille Ball, Helen Reddy, Jane Withers, Loni Anderson, and Carol Burnett. (Sorry R105, I no longer have CB's address.) Johnny Cash recorded an interesting story about when he was in the Air Force. I think he said he was stationed in Germany. Who knew?
|by Anonymous||reply 110||02/13/2014|
Oh R109, that's so heartening to hear. I always thought Gielgud would be very standoffish and nasty; no doubt your good looks enticed him.
I wrote to Brian Dennehy many years ago and he replied with a very nice note and an autographed photo. A total class act.
Diane Keaton, on the other hand, either didn't receive my nice missive or ignored it when I sent her a beautifully illustrated note saying how much I'd enjoyed her book on her mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||02/15/2014|
Yes. Responses from: Julie Harris Donna Douglas Marla Gibbs Karl Malden Kevin Costner--personalized with note Kelsey Grammer Fran Drescher-personalized with a very nice note Charles Shaughnessy Dixie Carter--personalized with a nice note Bea Arthur Jean Smart Delta Burke (with a short note) Whoopi Goldbery (with a short note) Julie Andrews Mary Tyler Moore Valerie Harper--personalized with a nice note Betty White Vicki Lawrence Juliet Mills Dame Maggie Smith Sharon Gless Kaye Ballard--personalized with a nice note Matt LeBlanc Doris Day (it looks printed, not handsigned) Patty Duke (looks printed, not handsigned) NO RESPONSES FROM: Carol Burnette/the other cast members of Designing Women and Golden Girls and Frasier. I did this as a kid and as a teen.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||03/15/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 113||01/04/2016|
In the past I used to blog about some reality TV shows and I received email from some of the participants, commenting about what I wrote. Once in a while I tweet replies to the actors and athletes I follow on Twitter, and I've gotten a lot of replies and likes from them. Interacting on Twitter can be interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||01/05/2016|
In the fall of 1993 (when I was 13 and had just started 8th grade) I wrote a fan letter to Jason Priestley. At the time, I was crushing on him big time and watched 90210 diligently. I'd found his address in one of my sister's Teen Beat or Tiger Beat or one of those types of magazines.
Anyway, the letter ended up being several pages long (both sides), in which I told him all my ideas for movies, including one titled HIS THREE GIRLS that I wanted him to star in,. It was about a high school popular jock who is fought over by three female classmates, who were gonna be played by Goldie Hawn, Madonna, and a girl in my grade named Sarah Legere, who I was not even friends with but she was in the drama club and acted in local productions. (She didn't know I had cast her in my movie.) The fact that Priestley was 24, Hawn was 48, Madonna was 35, and Sarah was 13 didn't seem to matter to me or crossed my mind.
Also, the movie CALENDAR GIRL had just come out, which I'd learned contained a nude beach scene. This was confirmed by an Entertainment Tonight episode I watched, in which Priestley was interviewed to promote the film, and he stated that it was a real nude beach with actual nude patrons and that he was indeed fully nude, and that during takes someone would run up to him and put a robe on him. Anyway, I was intrigued by this tidbit, so I asked him in the letter if it was embarrassing/uncomfortable being nude on camera. Also, he'd recently appeared on Jay Leno with Penny Marshall (who produced the film), and I asked if Marshall got turned on seeing him naked? She'd joked on Leno about Priestley having 'nice buns,' so I took this to mean that she was there for the shooting. Much later I deduced that she probably wasn't there and that she had merely watched the film at the premiere.
Also, I included a pocket watch that I had stolen from my dad to give to him as a belated birthday present (his b-day is August 28). So I put the thick envelope stuffed with 10 pages of lined paper and a pocket watch in my mailbox and put the little flag up. I was disappointed the next day when the envelope remained and had a note on it saying that it was too heavy. So I took out the watch and tried again. The next day, it said 'insufficient postage' or something. Exasperated, I put about 8 stamps from my mom's desk and tried yet again. The third time was a charm! Now, all I had to do was wait.
I went through most of 8th grade until I finally got a reply in the spring of 1994. I was on my bed reading after school, when my mom came into my room and merely dropped the postcard on my desk, without saying a word. It was this very same photo of Jason Priestley (see below) and on the other side it read "Best of luck!" and signed "Jason Priestley." I was over the moon with joy! That is, until my siblings pointed out that the salutation and signature were clearly stamped. And that's the first (and last) time I ever wrote to a celeb.
However, in 1995, I did plan to send Jodie Foster an Oscar statuette I'd made in art class out of clay and spray-painted gold. On the base I had inscribed "To the REAL Best Actress Winner." I had been rooting for her for NELL and was so devastated that she lost. For many years afterward, the sight or mention of Jessica Lange made my blood boil. I hated her! haha Unfortunately, I was unable to find Foster's address, and the clay Oscar got lost over the next 8 years, when I moved a total of 5 times in that short span.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||01/05/2016|
I have always wanted to write a fan letter to my Top 10 favorite celebrities who have impacted my life via their music or films
I don't want autographs or photos, but I'd like a small acknowledgment that they have received it. Not that I would hold my breath waiting for a response.
The fact that I'm 38 stops me from doing it... not sure if fan letters are solely the domain of teenagers (who probably don't even write letters these days anyway)
So should I still do it? What do you guys think? (oh and be nice!)
|by Anonymous||reply 116||01/05/2016|
As a young gayling Ben Affleck used to have a website and he would respond to people who asked him questions. I wrote him there and got a response. It was a great time when he was that open (pre-JLo of course).
Around the same time I did the same thing to Ryan Reynolds and got an incredibly funny response.
To be honest, I loved watching Ben Affleck in Chasing Amy and Mallrats but I thought Ryan Reynolds was incredibly funny and it meant so much to me that both times that they acknowledged me.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||01/05/2016|
I've noticed that a lot of celebs (especially on Twitter) tend to respond to younger people before they would an adult and honestly, as in the post I just posted, it probably meant a lot more to me as a kid than it would now. I think they knew that. I would never write anyone now. However, I'll always have a soft spot for Ben Affleck and Ryan Reynolds because of that. I think they also knew that too.
I remember Rosie O'Donnell giving a great example of how she felt about celebrity and something as simple as autographs years ago. She said she doesn't sign them unless it's for a kid. Back then she was still being noticed for being Betty Rubble. She didn't understand what an adult would need with an autograph. Celebs go the extra mile for younger people when they're in the mood. Whoopi once came out of her trailer to meet me when I walked home from school (instead of taking the bus) to go to the set of a movie she was shooting in. Some PA found me and took me to her. I have loved her ever since ... but again I was 15! Now it would be creepy!
|by Anonymous||reply 118||01/05/2016|
I emailed a certain actor/playwright who has a website and email contact, and I thought we had quite a good conversation going. But as soon as I talked about myself and not him, he lost interest and stopped writing.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||01/05/2016|
Jane Fonda's website used to have an ask Jane facility which I used one time and she replied. I told her that her voice had been dubbed in a L'Oreal commercial that was running in my country (not USA). She responded with "Yikes" and that she would look into it. But then she changed the site and I couldn't work out how to write to her again.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||01/05/2016|
When I was about 12, I wrote to Alfred Hitchcock (!) and gushed a little, asked for an autograph. I got back a singed card that had his name embossed on the top. I've always wondered if he actually signed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||01/05/2016|
Facebook is another way to possibly contact someone who has a personal page. I found one for someone I am interested in and although their friend quota was said to be full so I couldn't request to be their friend, I can still read their frequent entries.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||01/05/2016|
Tom Synder wrote back with a nice letter and signed picture. My ex wrote to him in the mid 90s.
I wrote to Jackson Browne because his song "I'm Alive" was playing when I woke up and realized my apartment was on fire. This was also in the 90s, when that song was new.
I just said thanks for waking me up and that I enjoyed his work. Nothing crazy, I was about 21, living with someone and working full-time, not a child, but not an obsessed fan. The fire had a profound effect on me, I guess, and I really felt his music was great at the time.
I got a weird standard letter saying he didn't have time to read it, but thanks for writing. That seemed worse than no response--I really didn't expect a response anyway. The way it was worded made him seem like an egomaniac, but I'm sure he didn't write it.
A word about autographs--I really don't understand the appeal--at all--I would be embarrassed to ask for one.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||01/05/2016|
U bitches are old! I dint know half of these people
|by Anonymous||reply 124||01/05/2016|
I think I told this on another thread. I'm a fan of silent films and found an old fan magazine with an article on Baby Peggy. Knowing she lost all her own memorabilia from reading her biography, I contacted her biographer to see if I could send it to her. He gave me her address and she sent back a note to tell me about her book on the silent film cowboys.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||01/05/2016|
[quote]Knowing she lost all her own memorabilia from reading her biography, I contacted her biographer to see if I could send it to her.
Send what to her? You really need to elaborate.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||01/05/2016|
Kate Bush. As a teen boy I wrote her and told how much her music meant to me. I guess I had asked for a photograph since I had also sent one of those international postage paid notes that you could use to pay for stamps in a foreign country. Well she answered me with a big head shot, the one from the cover of The Whole Story, and she had written 'To *my name* love from Kate Bush XXX' on it. She also returned the postage paid note unused.
I remember coming home from school and opening the letter. It was just unreal. Too bad I missed her concerts last year. I still love her music deeply, and I obviously respect her hugely.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||01/05/2016|
The old fan magazine, r126.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||01/06/2016|