31 July 2014

Young Liz's advice to a fan

In January 1946, Elizabeth Taylor was thirteen years old and one of Hollywood's most successful child stars. Her role in "National Velvet" two years earlier had made her a star, and with her new stardom came the fans and fan mail. On the 24th of January, after receiving a letter from a distressed young fan, Liz sent her a very charming reply. The girl's pet bird "Chips" had just died, so the young actress tried to offer some words of comfort and advice:


January 24th, 1946

Dear Jean,

I was so sorry to hear about your bird dying, Why dont you write a story about Chips? Just as if you were writing to me, and tell all about it right from the beginning, and all the cute things she did. That's what makes stories interesting, to have all the little details just as if you were telling a friend, and soon you'll find how easy it is to write.

Do you want me to tell you when my book comes out? Lots of luck.


Elizabeth Taylor (signed)

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