Stephen Fry returns to work with a reading at Letters Live


Stephen Fry attended his first event on Monday evening after revealing his battle with cancer.

The broadcaster, 60, gave a reading at the inaugural Los Angeles Letters Live event, held at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 

Stephen, who lives in LA with his husband Elliot Spencer, 27, gave an animated reading at the celeb-packed event, three days after sharing a heartfelt video online detailing his prostate cancer diagnosis.

Back to work: Stephen Fry attended his first event on Monday evening after revealing his battle with cancer, giving a reading at the inaugural Los Angeles Letters Live event

Back to work: Stephen Fry attended his first event on Monday evening after revealing his battle with cancer, giving a reading at the inaugural Los Angeles Letters Live event

Starting in the UK in 2013, Letters Live had its US debut on Monday with Stephen joining Star Wars' Mark Hamill, Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher, James Corden and Angelica Houston among others.

Stephen was dressed in a smart blue blazer and mustard trousers, putting on an animated display as he read aloud on stage.  

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. 

The lineup or the letters being read are not confirmed in advance. Monday's event raised funds for for 826LA and Women for Women International.

Cancer battle: Stephen, who lives in LA with his husband Elliot Spencer, 27, gave an animated reading at the celeb-packed event held at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Cancer battle: Stephen, who lives in LA with his husband Elliot Spencer, 27, gave an animated reading at the celeb-packed event held at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Letters Live is the first public event Stephen has attended since revealing his cancer battle last week. 

The star was seen in California on Saturday, walking the streets enjoying a day of shopping with his husband, Elliot Spencer, 27, and was also pictured eating in a cafe.

It came after he posted a heartfelt video online revealing he has been battling prostate cancer in recent months.

Dapper: Stephen was dressed in a smart blue blazer and mustard trousers, putting on an animated display as he read aloud on stage

Dapper: Stephen was dressed in a smart blue blazer and mustard trousers, putting on an animated display as he read aloud on stage

Speaking out: Letters Live is the first public event Stephen has attended since revealing his cancer battle last week

Speaking out: Letters Live is the first public event Stephen has attended since revealing his cancer battle last week

Looking good: Stephen posted a heartfelt video online on Friday revealing he has been battling prostate cancer in recent months

Looking good: Stephen posted a heartfelt video online on Friday revealing he has been battling prostate cancer in recent months

The actor, author and director said he discovered he had the disease in the run-up to Christmas and recently underwent an operation to have his prostate removed.

He said: 'Cancer is just something that rings in your head. 'I've got cancer', I went around saying to myself; 'Good heaven's Stephen you're not the sort of person who gets cancer'.'

The 60-year-old is now awaiting test results but hopes he is clear of the disease.

Star lineup: Starting in the UK in 2013, Letters Live had its US debut on Monday with Stephen joining Isla Fisher (pictured), Star Wars' Mark Hamill and Jake Gyllenhaal among others

Star lineup: Starting in the UK in 2013, Letters Live had its US debut on Monday with Stephen joining Isla Fisher (pictured), Star Wars' Mark Hamill and Jake Gyllenhaal among others

Inspiring: Actress Annabelle Wallis also read at the event which is inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter

Inspiring: Actress Annabelle Wallis also read at the event which is inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter

Repping the Brits: James Corden was among the Brit celebs to read at the event which celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence

Repping the Brits: James Corden was among the Brit celebs to read at the event which celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence

He said: 'Here's hoping I get another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that's a marvellous thing to be able to say and I'd rather it didn't go away.'

He paid tribute to his husband, Elliot Spencer, for his support in the time since the operation, when he has been unwell.

He said: 'You think you are going to recover pretty well but it's all pretty undignified and unfortunate, but my family and my darling husband were just marvelous.'

Star turn: Star Wars legend Mark Hamill recited letters from 1960s Star Trek executives

Star turn: Star Wars legend Mark Hamill recited letters from 1960s Star Trek executives

Talented trio: Mark was joined by Danny Huston and Catherine Keener

Talented trio: Mark was joined by Danny Huston and Catherine Keener

Making his entrance: Ian McShane looked dapper in a black suit for his moment at the podium

Making his entrance: Ian McShane looked dapper in a black suit for his moment at the podium

Powerful: Shirley Manson showed her support for the fundraising event in aid of 826LA and Women for Women International

Powerful: Shirley Manson showed her support for the fundraising event in aid of 826LA and Women for Women International

Fry, who pulled out of presenting the Bafta Film awards for the first time in years earlier this month, described the cancer as an 'aggressive little bugger'.

He added: 'It doesn't seem to have spread, because what you don't want is it to spread from one area to another, but one of the lymph nodes had something that called for active surveillance.'

But commenting on the initial response to the operation, he said: 'It all seemed to go pretty well, they took the prostate out, they took out 11 lymph nodes.'

Public speaking: The Talk's Aisha Tyler gave an emotional performance 

Public speaking: The Talk's Aisha Tyler gave an emotional performance 

Brit legend: Musician Jarvis Cocker was one of many Brits to support the LA premiere of the event which started in London

Brit legend: Musician Jarvis Cocker was one of many Brits to support the LA premiere of the event which started in London

Romance: Anjelica Huston read a letter from Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy

Romance: Anjelica Huston read a letter from Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy

Big names: Jake Gyllenhaal was one of the major Hollywood names to lend their talents for the evening

Big names: Jake Gyllenhaal was one of the major Hollywood names to lend their talents for the evening

'It's a bit of a business having an operation like that, there are five holes punctured into you, it's like being stabbed five times... to the body it's the same traumatic effect.'

Fry made the shock revelation in a 12 minute video uploaded to his blog, in which he said the issue emerged at a regular health check with his doctor late last year.

The day after the check-up, his doctor - a former schoolmate of his - had called him about his PSA levels.

He said: 'I don't know if you know what PSA levels are, if you are a man you certainly should, it stands for prostate specific antigens, these are the things that the prostate gives out if its under attack from a tumour.' 

We are family: Actor, writer and director Danny Huston and his half sister Anjelica both read at the event

We are family: Actor, writer and director Danny Huston and his half sister Anjelica both read at the event

Good to be here! Annabelle Wallis looked casual chic in her denim and black leather

Good to be here! Annabelle Wallis looked casual chic in her denim and black leather

Strike a pose: Isla dressed to impress in black leather trousers and a smart blazer

Strike a pose: Isla dressed to impress in black leather trousers and a smart blazer



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