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Post  Devotee #1 on Wed 30 Jan 2008 - 6:55

Deanna Durbin received about 9000 letters a week from her fans when she was at the height of her career.



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Post  Devotee #1 on Wed 30 Jan 2008 - 8:28

In the 1930s and 1940s, Deanna would receive things like watches, jewels, rare stamps, and gadgets by the hundred. When Deanna was still living with her parents, they had a room packed with all the gifts, but were running out of space. Ada thought about renting a warehouse because Deanna was reluctant to throw anything away!

Some of the other gifts included one from a miner who sent a five pointed star fashioned from a gilded hollow frame filled with concrete set with scores of ore samples grouped about a picture of Deanna. The "trinket" weighed 50 pounds!

A 16-year-old Hungarian boy sent a drink canteen covered with genuine calf skin and native beadwork.

Someone sent a plaque made of real mahogany about 15" x 24" x 3" thick surrounded by a hammered brass frame. Meticulously carved on the wood was a picture of Deanna in a singing pose. A real gold chain and cross was attached, as though encircling her neck. On the bottom of the brass frame was a copper plate etched with scrolls of music, and in the middle of that was a tiny gold book. By lifting the cover, a music box inside started to play a tune!!!


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Post  Devotee #1 on Wed 30 Jan 2008 - 9:19

And there were the usual requests for money letters that all stars get like the following example:

"Dear Miss Durbin, please send me $500 at once so I can pay my bills and won't have to mortgage the old homestead.''



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Post  Devotee #1 on Fri 8 Feb 2008 - 11:19

Another fan mailed Deanna a beautiful Cecile Brunner Sweetheart Rose EVERYDAY for about 5 months!



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Post  Devotee #1 on Fri 8 Feb 2008 - 11:22

Everyday Deanna would receive pictures of herself either painted, drawn, or etched. One picture had to be seen to be believed. It was of a fully rigged ship complete with waves and blended sky tones. But the amazing part was that there wasn't a single line in the whole picture. It was done, instead, with almost microscopic printing with the name "Deanna Durbin" about 12,000 times!



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Post  Devotee #1 on Tue 20 May 2008 - 8:27

Deanna Durbin receives a load of fan mail:



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Post  Devotee #1 on Wed 21 May 2008 - 10:06

Deanna Durbin autographing photos for her fans:



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Post  Devotee #1 on Fri 30 May 2008 - 1:23

The huge amount of fan mail just kept on coming:



Kathleen Ehlen was the lady in charge of Fan Mail at Universal Studios.


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Post  Devotee #1 on Sun 3 Jan 2010 - 0:02

The record for the longest fan letter to Deanna Durbin goes to a young man from Massachusetts. It was 89 pages long and took weeks to write!!


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Post  Devotee #1 on Sun 3 Jan 2010 - 0:06

Deanna Durbin wrote this letter to a fan:



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Post  Devotee #1 on Sun 20 Oct 2013 - 3:04

A fan received this reply from Deanna Durbin after he wrote a letter telling her how much he appreciated her films especially SRING PARADE:




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Post  Devotee #1 on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 11:22

This is a 1995 letter that Deanna wrote to a fan:


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Post  Devotee #1 on Tue 8 Apr 2014 - 0:35

In this 1997 reply to a fan, Deanna Durbin clearly indicated that her privacy was still very important:



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Post  Devotee #1 on Tue 8 Apr 2014 - 0:38

Deanna Durbin wrote a letter in August 1999 stating she was re-retiring:

"This is not easy for me to do for many reasons. One of the most important is the tremendous amount of mail I receive I cannot possibly answer. But it seems wrong to have people writing so kindly, not receiving an answer and not understanding why. There simply are not enough hours in a day."


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