Hints for Writing to the Stars
FAN LETTERS: There aren't any rules to follow when writing a
letter to a star that you wouldn't apply when writing a letter to anyone
else: be polite and sincere; type or write legibly; keep it short.
Some stars try to respond to all their mail, but most only reply
selectively if at all. If you want a response to your letter,
including a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is a good idea, but
doesn't guarantee a response.
AUTOGRAPH REQUESTS: When writing
to request an autograph, be sure to follow any instructions that the
star has specified. And in addition to those instructions, ALWAYS
include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). If sending or
requesting pictures, ALWAYS include a piece of cardboard (of adequate
size to prevent the picture from being damaged in the mail) in addition
to your SASE. Also, don't try to take advantage of stars who sign
autographs for free; requesting more than one autograph increases the
likelihood that the star won't respond at all.
If sending other items of memorabilia to be signed (posters, books,
etc.), protect but don't over-package the items. Taping parcels up
too tightly can make them difficult for a star to open and may even
increase the likelihood of damage to the contents. Be sure to
include all necessary return packaging and postage with your items
because the easier you make it for the star to grant your autograph
request, the more likely it is to be granted.
Lastly, the information about autograph policies on this list has
from the celebrities themselves, so if they ask not to be
bothered with autograph requests, don't bother them. By continuing
to pester those stars who have graciously let me list their address for
the purpose of fan mail, you risk them asking me to remove their address
altogether -- denying fans who use this list to write letters of
appreciation the ability to do so.
This category applies to people in the film industry and other
professionals seeking to contact a star about business or other related
matters. Examples include filmmakers, film festival organizers,
charitable organizations, authors researching books, etc. A few of
the stars who no longer accept fan mail still oblige certain
professional requests for interviews and public appearances. These
requests are most frequently processed through an agent or other
representative however, not the celebrity him/herself.
SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPES (SASEs): Remember that
although SASEs are absolutely required in most cases in order to get a
reply or an autograph, including one DOES NOT guarantee that the star
will respond. It just gives you a better chance than you would
have otherwise. Contrary to what you may think, many of these
stars are not rich (most of them do not have any royalty rights on their
films) and can't afford to respond to all the mail they get without
return postage provided by the fans.
INTERNATIONAL MAIL: When a
star requests that fans include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped
envelope), that applies to people writing from abroad as well, not just
fans in their home country. If you live in a different country
from the star you are writing, you have two main options for buying
international postage. First, since most of these stars live in the
United States, fans outside the United States can buy U.S. stamps to use
on their SASE at
U.S. Postal Service website has a rate
calculator that can tell you how much postage will be needed to mail
your envelope and its contents from the U.S. back to your country.
Secondly, there are things called International Postage Vouchers which
can be purchased at almost any post office world-wide. When
included with your return envelope, they can be used as postage by the
BE PATIENT: Some of these stars still get hundreds of fan
letters and autograph requests a week, and even those who make the
effort to respond don't always do so in a timely manner. Although
some respond within a month or two of receiving an autograph request
from a fan, others can take years -- literally. (Those who sell
their autographs tend to be the most prompt with their responses.)
Thus, be patient. Don't write a star expecting them to adhere to
your deadlines (especially if you are requesting an autograph for a
special occasion -- like Christmas or someone's birthday). Even
those stars with email addresses go on vacation or fall ill at times and
get behind in their correspondence. Responding to their fan mail
is rarely these stars' highest priority in life.