Hello all! Damianista here. Welcome to our Fan Story Tuesday!
Today’s fan story is coming from a very special lady. Linda has been running The Friends of Major Dick Winters Facebook Page for years and she is incredibly devoted to real-life WWII heroes. Damian knows her and appreciates her hard work honoring Major Dick Winters and all WWII veterans. At this very moment, Linda is attending the 73rd anniversary of D-Day in Normandy with Band of Brothers actors and WWII veterans. We cannot think of a better day than D-Day to publish her fan story!
Linda, we cannot thank you enough for your support and friendship, and your very special contribution to our fan stories series. Currahee!
How I became a fan of Damian Lewis….
Early 2002 my husband had heard there was a good new series about WWII playing on TV… and so we came to watch Band of Brothers. The “Bastogne” episode was the first I saw.
Not only was I impressed by the story of Easy Company, but my eye also caught the handsome lead player, a totally unknown actor for me.
The series finished and I sort of forgot about it… after all I was a working wife and mother of three with lots of occupations keeping me busy.
Now some time later, another channel broadcasted the series too… again I watched it (from the very beginning this time) and also recorded it.
Though soon after it finished I bought the DVD box, so I could watch it over and over. I was completely hooked by then and was completely in love with the “redheaded eskimo”.
Then one night I was zapping channels and suddenly I recognized a familiar face…it was Damian in The Forsyte Saga! I became curious to find out more of his work. Who really was this actor who swept me off my feet each time I saw him on TV? I wanted to see everything of him!
And so I put my first careful steps on the internet, which was still more or less an unknown territory for me, keep in mind it was still just 2003.
In no time I got the hang of it…. googled like a crazy fangirl and read all there was to find on Damian, but also on Easy Company and the real Dick Winters.
I found Damian’s Yahoo Group and joined up. I also discovered a website that supported a campaign to honor Major Dick Winters with a Medal of Honor and joined those ranks, too. From then on I’ve had an amazing time, I made lots of new friends around the world, I went to see Damian when he was on stage in London…
…I also met him in Normandy where he attended a Band of Brothers reunion with other actors and WWII veterans.
And until today it doesn’t stop, I remain a loyal fan and hope to meet him again in the future!
Damianista’s note: Well, Linda kept her word and met Damian again! Please enjoy the lovely pictures she kindly shared with us from The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? stage door early April!