Things We Saw Today: Richard E. Grant Got a Response to His Barbara Streisand Teen Fan Letter Almost 50 Years Later

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Every awards season has its issues, but this year, being mired in celebrations of alleged sexual predators and white savior nonsense, seems especially bleak. Of course, there are bright spots, too. For example:

Personally, the brightest ray of sunshine I’m finding this awards season is in Richard E. Grant, who’s getting a lot of much-deserved love for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Grant is a three-decade-plus veteran of the acting industry, and this is his first Oscar nomination. And I absolutely love that he is in no way trying to play it cool.

Since Grant isn’t one to play it cool in the face of fame, he also totally geeked out in front of Barbara Streisand’s house yesterday, sharing a picture and writing “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!”

The letter he mentions was an invitation to Streisand from 14-year-old Grant to stay at their family’s estate in South Africa. Grant had “read in the paper you were feeling very tired and pressurized by your fame and failed romance with Mr. Ryan O’Neal” and wanted to offer her a secluded vacation. Like any good teenage theatre geek, he ends with a Shakespeare quote. It’s all just too adorable.

But then, amazingly, Barabara Streisand replied.

And Grant’s reaction was beautiful.

It took 48 years, but his reaction is worth the wait.

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What did you all see out there on this unbelievably freezing day?

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