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Close to 50 years ago, Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) wrote Barbra Streisand a fan letter. At the age of 14, he offered her a holiday stay at his home in Swaziland, South-East Africa (now called eSwatini) for her to take a break from being a celebrity. He elaborated on how his plan would work, writing, “Not that many people will know who you are.”

He recently relayed this story to Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show, earlier this month (January 11):

If you talk about something, it might just happen.

And just yesterday (January 29), Grant was motivated to share the letter on social media, and he just happened to be standing in front of Streisand’s home in California, reports BBC News. How he ended up on her front stoop is neither here nor there, because his modern-day “message in a bottle” worked, and he got a response from his lifelong hero.

Here’s the letter in full:

And Streisand’s heartfelt note back:

She hit the nail on the head with “and look at u now!” Grant is up for a 2019 Best Supporting Actor Oscar, based on his performance in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? opposite Melissa McCarthy.

It didn’t stop there. Grant’s real-time reaction to her response was documented, with his daughter relaying to her father over the phone that Streisand had in fact wrote him back:

We can see the tears in his eyes and emotion in his face, this truly meant a lot to him. It doesn’t take all that much effort to write a quick e-note, but it can be life-affirming to the person on the receiving end.

And, in this case, Streisand, being Barbra Streisand and all, could easily have not seen the Tweet.

But, happy to report, she did.

Have you ever written a fan letter?? Did you hear back!?

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By Brigid Brown