It seems that Hollywood actors and actresses are far from us and are difficult to reach. However, it is not exactly so. Aleksei Zelenko, from Borisov, proved that if you have a desire, you can reach even the most famous celebrities.
Alkesei says that he never planned to be an autograph collector. Everything began with an internet communication with Asia Argento, who is one of the most favorite actresses of Aleksei. The Italian actress thanked Aleksei for wishing her a happy birthday and then the man decided to contact other celebrities who impressed him with their achievements.
At the very beginning Aleksei wrote to everyone he felt writing to: to politicians, sportsmen, musicians, writers. Nevertheless, in the end the man decided to take in seriously collecting autographs of the 1950’s-1960’s Hollywood Golden Age actors, who stared in world famous films.
Letters are consistently delivered to my house twice a week and it has been going on like this for quite some time now. I could have collected 400 autographs a long time ago, but it is not what I really want. At the moment I have about 100 photos with signatures of Hollywood legends, but some letters repeat, there actresses who send me three or four autographs. I can’t wait to get another portion of letters, because during the New Year celebrations I sent about 30 letters. I do not have an aim to appear in public with a tremendous record, but in my letters I promise actresses that I will hold onto the legendary cinema for the younger generation. In those times cinema film wasn’t wasted, films were a real peace of art.
Aleksei’s collection is unique, because it is rather limited, there aren’t so many classical Hollywood stars left today, and with every year the number of them gets smaller and smaller. It means that the collecor from Borisov has even less time to fulfil his collection.
There aren’t many 1950’s or 1960’s actors of the Hollywood Golden Age left today, I am talking about the elderly people who are at least 85 years old. More and more letters come without an answer. But I have autographs of actresses who are 100 years old. To be honest, I have my favorite actresses: Ann Blith and Hitchcock’s Vera Miles.
Aleksei finds the celebrities’ addresses on fee paying forums. His American friends also help to find the coordinates. Sometimes he has to beg some actors to give their address and sign a photo.
Mamie Van Doren, for instance, is active online, but doesn’t want to give an autograph. It is a question of time. I will get the autograph when she’ll be in a good mood. Some celebrities of that time know what they a worth, you need to please them so that they send you an autograph. Some of them are very happy when the younger generation writes them, who like and value world classics. I understood this when I visited an exposition dedicated to Hollywood stars, which was held in Borisov Central Regional Library named after I.H. Kolodeev and organized by the US Embassy. A lot of people visited the exposition. It was the when I thought that real art will remain forever.
Aleksei says that he puts a lot of thought into his letters. He thanks celebrities for his favorite films, asks them about their hobbies, tells about Belarus, about Belarusian sights, beautiful places and people.
Photos taken from facebook.com/cinemascop.blr