Richard E Grant breaks down in tears after Barbra Streisand replies to letter 47 years later

31 January 2019, 10:11 | Updated: 31 January 2019, 10:25

Richard E Grant was emotional after Barbra Streisand praised his work
Richard E Grant was emotional after Barbra Streisand praised his work. Picture: Twitter/Richard E Grant

By Tom Eames

Richard E Grant has shared an emotional moment after Barbra Streisand replied to a letter he sent her as a young fan in the 1970s.

The British actor is a lifelong fan of Barbra Streisand, and on Tuesday (January 29), he shared his childhood letter, in which he asked the singer if she fancied a "two-week holiday, or longer" at his family home.

Streisand later replied to the tweet, thanking Grant for his "wonderful letter" he sent when he was 14.

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Grant first sent the letter when he was living in Swaziland, now called eSwatini. He also shared a photograph of himself outside Streisand's home in California.

In the original letter, Grant wrote: "You don't know me yet, but I am writing to offer you an idea you might like to consider. My name is Richard and I live in a small African kingdom called Swaziland in south-east Africa."

He also told her his family had been huge fans since seeing her Oscar-winning performance in Funny Girl, and owned all her albums.

"I read in the paper that you were feeling very tired and pressurised by your fame and failed romance with Mr Ryan O'Neal. I would like to offer you a two week holiday, or longer, at our house, which is very beautiful with a pool and a magnificent view of the Ezulwini Valley."

He continued: "No-one will trouble you and I assure you you will not be mobbed in the street as your films only show in our one cinema for three days, so not that many people will know who you are, so no chance of being mobbed.

"Please consider this respite seriously. You will always be welcome."

Streisand thanked Grant for his "wonderful letter", calling him "terrific" in his latest film, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, for which he has been nominated for an Oscar. He shared his tearful response to Streisand's tweet on social media later that day.

Grant said he was "overcome with emotion", and described the moment "My 'Message in a bottle' miracle".