Oct. 23, 2006

Fan mail from war

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

More than 50 years later, Lee Dahlquist of Cokato got to meet one of his favorite stars as a young serviceman.

While Dahlquist was serving in the Korean War, he wrote letters to some of Hollywood’s top actors and actresses of that time including Marilyn Monroe, but only one actually responded.

Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer, sent Dahlquist a large photograph of herself including a specialized note to him thanking him for serving the country.

“I’m so happy I corresponded with her and she was nice enough to respond back,” he said.

So, when Dahlquist found out Reynolds was coming to Grand Casino Mille Lacs, he had to go see her perform in person, he said.

After telling a host his story, Dahlquist and his wife Marilyn got to go back stage for a “meet and greet” with the performer.

“I was nervous,” he said. Dahlquist has never met anyone famous before and to meet a star he had admired for so long was exciting, he said.

Though Dahlquist was not surprised, Reynolds didn’t remember the letter she sent him, but she told him it was great that he was there to reminisce with her, Dahlquist said.

Debbie Reynolds has been in several movies during the 50s, 60s and 70s, including “Singing in the Rain,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She even had her own comedy series.

Dahlquist and his wife have been to several shows at the casino, but claims this show was the best.

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