Xena fans who have e-mail or Internet access are really lucky. Not only are members of the Xenastaff regular contributors to the mailing lists, but we occasionally receive messages from Lucy Lawless herself! The following letters were posted to the MCA Forum and to various listservs:
In April, 1999, Sharon Delaney of Creation posted this message from Lucy Lawless:
Yep, we're having a baby. Which means, just between you and me, that at some stage Xena will have one coz you just can't hide these things foreverand, no, we don't know the sex in either case.
Bless you all for your best wishes, generosity and support of late. Both Rob and I were greatly touched by the Sword & Staff web page's efforts which raised $5,085 for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglectthat's $5,085 they could sure use.
Frankly, just the fact that someone got off their bums and did something to help another human being, unasked, is incredibly inspiring to me.
Your support on many matters is greatly appreciated. The collective wisdom is not lost on us. You encourage me greatly.
Thank you. Lots of love,
On May 8, 1998, Sharon Delaney of Creation shared this message from Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert, who had been married a month earlier:
To all our fans on the Internet,
Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the goodness many of you have shown us over the past few months.
Not only were you supremely protective of our privacy in the lead-up to our wedding, and since, but have given thousands of dollars to the Marine Conservation and Rainforest Protection appeals on our behalf. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
Privately we were a little torn between Rainforest and Aids/Cancer charities etc but aside from loving trees, we feel that our planet's rainforest will provide not only panaceas for many diseases but ecologically, is the hope for all mankind. Truly the greatest good for the greatest number.
Thank you so much for your many kindnesses. God Bless.
Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert
On September 22, 1997 Lucy sent the following message to her fans to thank them for the donations made to Daytop Village, a drug treatment facility, instead of sending flowers to her dressing room when she opened in the Broadway play, Grease!
God bless you all. I'm so thankful to have great fans who care so much for others. I received plenty of flowers the first week, but more than those, I am cheered by all the bouquets I didn't get. I'm having a great time and learning a lot. But never fear, Xena is where my heart is. So I'll spot you on the boxa great, challenging season ahead and not just for me. Thanks again.
Lucy issued the following message when she opened on Broadway as Betty Rizzo in Grease! on September 2, 1997:
Thank you for helping make a dream come true. Your support is very much appreciated. So, wish me luck, I'm off into the big beyond. Thanks, and I'll be giving it all I've got.
Love from Lucy
October 21, 1996 [Shortly after her accident on The Tonight Show]:
"I can't thank you enough for all your cards, wishes and good vibes which, I swear, helped me make this a speedy convalescence. I'm up and about in a rolly-chair [wheelchair] and crashing about the house with my zimmer frame [walker] taking plaster off the scotia [wookwork] (Unco returns!). Now I'm raring to get back to work. Since watching the last couple of eps on the telly for the first time, I know I can improve a lot this year. It's really got me fired...
..."Anyway, I'm trying to wade through the cards and letters. PLEEEASE DON'T SPEND MONEY ON ME (buying CD's, CD players, etc.). I make a healthy living, though not, as some tee-rag [tabloid] suggested, more than I know what to do with. But I beg you to keep your hard earned cash for yourselves and your families. Thank you, though, for wanting to share so much with me. If anyone's wondering if the show's going soft, you'd better fasten your seatbelts...it's going to be a bumpy night.
"All love, L"
July 31, 1996
"To the Hardcore, Diehard Nutballs,
"Thanks so much for your kind sentiments. Providentially, your letters reached me on a very tough day when I needed them. Donna's poem actually brought a wee tear to my eye. I thank Lillian for looking at your letters and obviously weeding out any idiots (I find it hard to believe there weren't anymind you, there seems to be some tacit code of honor amongst our internetties)...I do not often go out on the net unless my partner forces me to sit down for 2 seconds, but I am often charmed when I do. I have passed a copy of your letters on to Renee, who got a great kick out of them and sends her love.
"I am busy filming these dayscurrently we're shooting the 2nd Callisto ep which is a blast and then we begin the 3rd Callisto involving mind transfer. In one month, I come to the States for one week's publicity, then off to Europe for a holiday. Yipee!
"Love, Lucy Lawless / Xena Warrior Princess / New Zealand / July '96
March 31, 1996:
"Thanks very much you guys for your letters and best wishes, especially all you hard core nutballs who've been around since the dawn of time. I'm afraid I can't write back personally to anyone, but I do get your notes eventually and I am personally going to demand my own furking Pez dispenser when I'm a star and my own Winnebago (which is kind of a joke where I come from - like "I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille"). I am especially fond of our internet troll who, despite being an egomaniacal misogynist, serves to keep my feet firmly on the ground. So don't get your knickers in a twist over negative comments, okay?
"I've just finished the single most intensive and fulfilling week's filming of my career. The episode is "Is There a Doctor?" and I dedicate my efforts in it to all you regular Xeniteswith special thanks to Renee O'Connor, my brilliant acting mate and a truly amazing woman, as well as T.J. Scott, our marvelous director whose star is going to go supernova in feature films before too long.
"P.S. I am having a terrific birthday, thank you all, and I can honestly say I have never been happier in my life."