I'll never forget when, in my teeny tiny childhood, I wrote an admiration letter to Lucille Ball, and I actually received a signed headshot in the mail as a result. Whether Lucy herself had anything to do with that, it showed that her machine was well greased enough to dole out the tokens of gratitude that reflect positively on true stardom.
Years later, when I started writing for a living, I sent letters to my journalistic idols at the time, Liz Smith and Rex Reed, giving them kudos while begging for advice. I was astounded when they both wrote me back with thoughtful messages--a lesson to me in how to act when desperate newcomers want to feed off your glow and wisdom.More »
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