Here’s a wonderful story about a life-long fan crush. Oscar nominated actor, Richard E Grant, recently shared a long-waited reply to a letter that he sent to Barbra Streisand, 47 years ago. Richard is now 61.
In the letter, which he sent when he was just 14, he wrote: “My name is Richard and I live in a small African kingdom called Swaziland in south-east Africa. I read in the paper that you were feeling very tired and pressurised by your fame and failed romance with Mr Ryan O’Neal. I would like to offer you a two week holiday, or longer, at our house, which is very beautiful with a pool and a magnificent view of the Ezulwini Valley. No-one will trouble you and I assure you, you will not be mobbed in the street, as your films only show in our one cinema for three days, so not that many people will know who you are. Please consider this respite seriously. You will always be welcome.”
He ended the letter with the salutation: “in anticipation of a hasty reply”, but he never heard back from her… until earlier this week, when Barbra Streisand Tweeted: “Dear Richard, What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You’re terrific in your latest movie with Melissa (McCarthy). Congratulations and love Barbra!”
Both Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy have been nominated for Oscars for their respective roles in the film ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’.