Announcing the 2nd Annual Classic Hollywood Holiday Card Giveathon!

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Hello once again, fellow classic film fans! I know exactly what you’re thinking: “Samantha, why on earth are you already thinking about the holidays? Halloween is still nearly a month away!” For one thing, I’ve honestly been looking forward to them all year. I feel like I was just getting into the spirit when the holidays last year when they all too quickly passed me by, and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things again! In addition, I think we can all agree that last year’s Classic Hollywood Holiday Card Giveathon was a bit of a disorganized bust. I announced it only fifteen days before Christmas, and didn’t even make a set of days in which I could corral all of the posts! I ended up putting way too much on my plate, and this year I wanted to be more than prepared so I could focus on making this giveathon a resounding success! If you didn’t happen to catch my announcement of the giveathon last year, I wanted to find a way to incorporate my love for old Hollywood into my celebrations in the years to come. I felt heavily inspired by Silentology’s heartfelt post last year asking for Christmas cards to be sent to one of the last living silent film stars, and my idea is for everyone in the classic film community to get involved and send holiday cards to their favorite living classic film stars in order to give them some holiday cheer each season.

If you’re interested, here’s what you should do:

  1. Leave a comment with your blog’s name, your blog’s link, and the names of the actors who you intend to send cards to.
  2. Once you’re approved, write your card, put it in an envelope, and send it to the star’s fan mail address. To find this address, go to fanmail.biz and type the name of the actor into the search bar. You may have to do some digging to find his or her current address! If you’re having some trouble finding your desired star’s address, please ask me by commenting on this post and I will do my best to find the correct address for you and reply in a timely manner.
  3. Make a blog post about the event on December 14 – 16! You may include pictures of your card, write down the note that you sent to the star, or if your card is personal, just make a post stating why you chose to send a card to that star. Be creative!
  4. Once you’re finished, you may either repeat this process with all of the stars as you signed up for and make separate posts for each one (if you signed up for more than one), or you may gather them all up into one post!
  5. Help spread the word! Feel free to take one of my lovely banners from below and put it somewhere on your blog, and make sure to tell your friends. I want as many participants as possible!
  6. IF you still want to be a part of this event but cannot afford to send a card or cannot find a star to send a card to, you may still join and write a blog post about whom you would send a holiday card to and why. Of course you may write about anyone living or dead, and you may include what the card would say and what the card would look like. Those who enjoy this option may also do this in addition to sending real cards.

RULES

  1. Because it’s the holiday season and I want to make sure everyone can sign up to send to their favorite stars, I am allowing UNLIMITED duplicates of each star and you may sign up to send to an UNLIMITED number of stars. I want to make sure that as many stars recieve cards as possible, however, so while I’m not putting any official limit in place, I do unofficially ask that we please avoid all signing up for the same person if we can help it. You may also choose a television star as long as they appeared on television before 1970, or the family of a deceased star if you can find the address for them.
  2. I am allowing cards to be sent to approved fan mail addresses only! I would like to avoid anyone sending mail to personal residences if possible. If you do your own research and find a star’s personal address or if I can only find an address for you that happens to be a star’s personal address, you may send a card there on your own free will, but I will not be claiming responsibility for that.
  3. You may make your own card or buy one from a store and include a handwritten note. You are not required to spend any money. If you don’t wish to do so, please refer to number six of the previous list. I would like these cards to be as personal as possible, but do what you can! If you don’t have time to write a note, you of course may simply sign and send a card, or if you intend to send cards to multiple stars, you may buy a pack of cards and sign each individually (this is my preferred method). Many of these stars also sign autographs or will reply to your card, so please do your research or ask me about this if you’re hoping to receive something in return.
  4. In general, please be respectful of all of the stars as well as their respective religious preferences. Do your research before sending any religiously inclined cards to make sure that you do not offend anyone. If you aren’t sure about a star’s religious preference, stick to non-denominational “holiday” cards. Refrain from sending any inappropriate or negative cards as well. This is the holiday season, please use common sense as the object of this event is to spread cheer!
  5. I would like all of the cards to be sent by December 14th – 16th, the days that the official giveathon takes place, as I would like to round up all of your blog posts at one time. If you don’t send your card out on time, that’s okay! Just make a post during the giveathon about who you intend to write to and why you chose them. Also, please let me know if a star replies to your card! I would love to see that!

HERE is a list on Wikipedia of living silent film stars, and HERE is a lengthy list of living Golden Age film stars  for inspiration. Below I will list some living stars for inspiration as well! Of course you may sign up for a star who is not on any of these lists.

  • Mary Carlisle
  • Patricia Morison
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Danielle Darrieux
  • Marsha Hunt
  • Fay McKenzie
  • Diana Serra Cary
  • Nehemiah Persoff
  • Marge Champion
  • Nanette Fabray
  • Rhonda Fleming
  • Rose Marie
  • Glynis Johns
  • Doris Day
  • Janis Paige
  • Dewey Martin
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • Honor Blackman
  • Maria Riva
  • Dorothy Malone
  • June Lockhart
  • Arlene Dahl
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Peggy Cummins
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Julie Adams
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Peggy Dow
  • Nancy Olson
  • Orson Bean
  • Ann Blyth
  • Earl Holliman
  • Terry Moore
  • Jane Powell
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Nita Talbot
  • William Shatner
  • John Gavin
  • Mickey Kuhn
  • Virginia Leith
  • Michael Caine
  • Julie Newmar
  • Debra Paget
  • George Chakiris
  • Russ Tamblyn
  • Margaret O’Brien
  • Kathryn Beaumont
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Gina Lollobrigida
  • May Wynn
  • Vic Damone
  • Pat Hitchcock
  • Don Murray
  • Vera Miles
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Robert Wagner
  • Joanne Woodward
  • John Astin
  • Gena Rowlands
  • Mamie Van Doren
  • Claire Bloom
  • Tab Hunter
  • Leslie Caron
  • Barbara Eden
  • Mitzi Gaynor
  • Angie Dickinson
  • Barbara Darrow
  • Rita Moreno
  • Felicia Farr
  • Kim Novak
  • Julie Newmar
  • Kathryn Crosby
  • Shirley Jones
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Sophia Loren
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Ruta Lee
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Julie Andrews
  • Alain Delon
  • Keir Dullea
  • Ursula Andress
  • Robert Redford
  • Jane Fonda
  • Claudia Cardinale
  • George Takei
  • Richard Beymer
  • Diane Baker
  • Paula Prentiss
  • Dolores Hart
  • Patrick Wayne
  • George Hamilton
  • Katharine Ross
  • Jill St. John
  • Raquel Welch
  • Ann-Margret
  • Samantha Eggar
  • Stella Stevens
  • Frankie Avalon
  • Yvette Mimieux
  • Carol Lynley
  • Pamela Tiffin
  • Tuesday Weld
  • Britt Ekland
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Shelley Fabares
  • Geraldine Chaplin
  • Mia Farrow
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Priscilla Presley
  • Lana Wood
  • Hayley Mills
  • Sue Lyon

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Musings of a Classic Film Addict — Mary Carlisle, Kathryn Crosby, Ann Blyth, Don Murray, Doris Day, Eva Marie Saint

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5 thoughts on “Announcing the 2nd Annual Classic Hollywood Holiday Card Giveathon!

  1. Hello there–I’m so sorry, but I’m going to have to bow out of the event. Ms. Cary doesn’t seem have a mailing address publicly available anymore, so I’m going to be respecting her privacy. I have heard that being in the spotlight so much recently wasn’t easy on her. My apologies!

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