Deidre: When I was early on the show [Days Of Our Lives], I met a man through my fan mail. He lived In Chester, Pennsylvania. We wrote back and forth. He became my pal. When I first wrote him he was 97 years old. When he turned 98, I said, 'I'm coming back for your birthday'. I flew to Pennsylvania and I spent his birthday with him. He was an artist and an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. He was extraordinary. That's one of the gifts that I get to have playing Marlena: meeting wonderful people.