Wear it well

Below: As seen in the December 2nd, 1977 issue of Variety, an open letter from Steven Spielberg to his friend, George Lucas, in which he congratulates him on the recent success of Star Wars. Good friends since the 60s, a healthy sense of competition had long been been present between the two, with Spielberg once remarking:

He was always more competitive with me than I was with him. He kept saying, “I’m sure Star Wars is going to beat Jaws at some point…”

Transcript follows. Quote taken from the book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. Image from Retro Star Wars.


Dear George.

Last week “Star Wars” moved ahead of “Jaws” in domestic film rentals.

Your hyperspace performance package really did the trick.

Congratualtions to the Cantina crowd and all the forces of your imagination that made “Star Wars” so worthy of the throne.

Wear it well.

Your pal,

(Signed, ‘Steven’)

Steven Spielberg