A tale I heard
Actor and writer Stan Laurel talking in 1957, a week after comedy partner Oliver Hardy’s death, about writing to fans:
“Something I’ve always done is answer every fan letter. I’ve always acknowledged their letters and sent them pictures. I’ve attended to all our fan mail personally. And in autographing them I’ve included their name and I think that it brought a closeness to people. They felt like they were our friends and we were their friends. We’ve become one of the family.
I’ve just been getting so many fan letters on account of poor Babe (Hardy) and some of them are expressed beautifully. It’s remarkable. The love that they have for us. It’s amazing.
I once got this letter from a fan and it read he was only expecting to live two or three days at the most, but he wanted to let us know how much Laurel and Hardy had meant to him, all the happiness it had given him in his life. He just wanted to say goodbye.”