Reporter recalls when stars wrote notes to press

LOS ANGELES – Once upon a Hollywood time, long before Twitter and Facebook became the missives of choice for many celebs, stars actually took pen in hand to communicate with the press — including this reporter. Some even sent telegrams.

They may have been urged by studio publicists. Or they may have just figured that it was wise to get on the best side of the media.

Whatever inspired them, I was recently reminded of this quaint practice while sifting through some old office files. There, I discovered a stack of letters from various celebrities I had covered over the years.


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