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Buzz In: Have You Ever Written a Fan Letter?

I am comfortable admitting that there was a point in my life when I was obsessed with the movies Rookie of the Year and Ladybugs. And I adored the stars of those movies, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Jonathan Brandis. Once, I went so far as to write a gushy letter to Thomas Ian Nicholas, professing my all-consuming love. A while later, to my great delight, I received a signed 8x10 glossy photo of him in the mail. I won't even get into how much I also loved Debbie Gibson (complete with a gigantic poster of her face — just her face, presiding over my bedroom) and Janet Jackson. And my friends had all sorts of crushes on your garden-variety teen idols (Pitt, Depp, DiCaprio, etc.).

These were the days before Twitter and fan sites (well, um, before sites of any kind, really) and things like that. I shared my feelings with a few close friends but for the most part, pining after a Hollywood star was a private thing. Thus, writing that letter to Thomas felt like a relief.

A while ago I read this post pondering the question of why girls are mainly the ones to write fan letters, and it's an interesting topic. (Then again, Becki Newton receives mail from men — in prison.) What do you think? Did you write fan letters when you were younger?


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care0531 care0531 8 years
I wrote a letter to Leo back in his growing pains days. I actually got a letter and autographed pic back!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Guilty! I also wrote JTT. Also got a glossy about a year later. I still have that thing somewhere...
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Yup. I wrote one to an author when I was a little kid and guess what! I GOT A LETTER BACK! Go Lloyd Alexander. RIP.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
So glad to see that I wasn't the only admitted JTT fan :)
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Last year, I wrote a fan letter to Josh Duhamel because I was /is obssessed with "Las Vegas". And I'm still waiting for a reply... I've also written to a couple of sports stars and I've got two replies from these Canadian figure skaters taht I really admired :P
teegaall teegaall 8 years
I wrote to some of the cast of Days of Our Lives about 5-7 years ago, Lauren Graham and Christopher Meloni. Those are the only ones I remember. I may have written to some teen heartthrobs when I was a teen.
sorano916 sorano916 8 years
I was in love with the Babysitters Club and when the movie came out, I sent a letter to Rachel Leigh Cook. I got a headshot and letter back. Don't know where that is anymore.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
JTT, Leo, and Nick Carter all got my letters!!
sundew sundew 8 years
I'm pretty sure I wrote a letter to Mark Paul Gosselaar when I was about 9. That's awesome about Sir David, bigestivediscu!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Heck yes when I was little my hobby was to write fan mail and ask for autographed photos. I still have an 8x10 glossy of Oprah back when she was pretty thin! It's funny. When I was in college, my boyfriend was (and still is) a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough and I wrote him a letter about how much we loved The Blue Planet and The Planet Earth and he wrote back a lovely letter on personalised stationery! Too bad my boyfriend lost it. :(
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
Jonathan Brandis is dead?! WHAT!!!!! I remember being obsessed with him when I was little when my big sister made me watch IT. WOW :( that's so sad- I have some googling to do!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
No, I don't remember writing any. I had a few crushes (not celebs). I'd like to write a note to someone, but how do you know the best address to mail them? Nowadays with email there are a million fan sites, how do you know which one(s) are legit?
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
haha lady bugs--loved that!! i wrote to claire danes and received a post card back and my parents cleaning lady threw it away years later (i have never recovered!!!)
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I somehow found Justin Timberlake's "real" email address (this was back during the 'NSync days, I was so infatuated with him back then w/ the bleached blonde curly hair, but now not at all haha) and wrote him, and then he emailed me back and I started crying hysterically. I was 13? 14? I was ridiculous hahaha.
Molly Molly 8 years
My best friend wrote to Fred Savage who sent back a postcard that said "I hope all yours are Wonder Years!"
instabelle instabelle 8 years
I was about 8 when I wrote to Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I too was lucky enough to recieve my signed 8x10 glossy photo. Who knows what actually happened to it?
pargie pargie 8 years
Catstarr, I remember Breaker High! Those were the good ole days.
catstarr catstarr 8 years
I was the queen of fan letters, writing devotedly either daily, weekly or monthly. I found out my mom didnt send them all - and I'm so glad!! I love reading them now as an adult. I wrote to Leo, JTT, Ryan Gosling (in his break high days... i knew a good thing way back when), Joey McIntyre and so many more. I even wrote one to this guy Michael Fredo who was like.... a tommy hilfiger model turned popstar? He wrote me back a real letter and I got SO MUCH STUFF. His cd, autographed postcards, pictures, glossies, a tee shirt, a HAT!.... it was crazy.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Hmm I think the only letter I ever wrote to a celeb was to Jim Carrey haha
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 8 years
Heck yes, Deidre! He was the only one I wrote a letter to. I got my glossy a good year after I wrote -- I'm guessing his wrist was sore after writing to his millions of fans ;). But at that point, I was embarrassed of my crush and my brother made fun of me endlessly.
KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
When I was 10 my best friend at the time and I wrote Rider Strong a fan letter asking for an autographed picture...she got one...I didn't...still bums me out :P
pargie pargie 8 years
Buzz that's funny I had a big time crush on Jonathan Brandis too, I think a lot of us did. I was so happy when I found out he dated Tatiana Ali (Ashley from Fresh Prince), because then I knew he didn't have a problem dating black girls and therefore I had a chance! I was obsessed with watching him on Ladybugs and The Neverending Story (2?). The only fan letter I ever wrote though was to Usher, and this was waaay back in the day before he became super mega famous. This was when he was about fourteen himself--didn't get anything back though. Rest in peace Jonathan Brandis!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Jonathan Brandis, sniff. My friend wrote a letter to him, and he (or someone from his fan club) wrote a very nice, heartfelt letter back. Such a damn shame.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Hells yeah. JTT got a letter from me.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I wrote a letter to RL Stine for a book report, but that's about it.
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