Better late than never! Have you ever written a fan letter? Ever waited almost 50 years for a response? Well, that’s exactly what happened to actor Richard E. Grant as he finally received a message back from Barbra Streisand years after he wrote the music icon a note as a teen.
The Oscar-nominated actor, 61, recently took to Twitter to reveal that when he was just 14 years old, he wrote a very sweet letter to the singer and performer, 76. “As a lifelong fan of someone, you’ll understand what it meant for me to take this snap outside the home of @BarbraStreisand,” he wrote in the tweet. “Asked Security for permission & he replied, ‘It’s a public road, but thanks for asking.’ Wrote her this letter when I was 14. My wife is very understanding!” See Richard’s tweet below!
As a lifelong fan of someone you’ll understand what it meant for me to take this snap outside the home of @BarbraStreisand Asked Security for permission & he replied ‘It’s a public road, but thanks for asking’ Wrote her this letter when I was 14. My wife is very understanding! pic.twitter.com/3SohXKpgZT
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) January 29, 2019
In his letter, the Can You Ever Forgive Me? star penned, “Since seeing Funny Girl we, my family, that is, and I have been very big fans. I have followed your career avidly. We have all your records. I am 14 years old. I read in the paper you were feeling very tired and pressurized 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 Ezulwini Valley. Here you can rest. No one will trouble you.”
Unfortunately for Richard, he never received a response from the Oscar winner … until now! “What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14! And look at u now!” Barbra wrote on Twitter on January 29. “You’re terrific in your latest movie with Melissa [McCarthy]. Congratulations and love, Barbra.”
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 congratulations and love Barbra
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 29, 2019
“Am completely crinkle faced & overcome with emotion,” Richard tweeted in response. “My ‘Message in a bottle’ miracle.” Richard may win Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, but something tells us that this is already a bigger win for the actor and life-long Barbra superfan!