How 'Eight Is Enough' Star Willie Aames Found True Love with a Former Fan: 'It Was Meant To Be'

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Willie Aames had a gut feeling that there was more to this world than material success.

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The 62-year-old Eight Is Enough actor and former adolescent heartthrob spoke candidly to People about his marriage to Winnie Hung, a fan and pen pal of his for more than three decades,

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and their efforts to transform their love story into a movie with Hallmark's Love in the Limelight.

"It's my favorite story in the whole wide universe," Aames said. "Winnie began writing to me as a child. Thousands of letters a week used to arrive. I used to read letters from the bag,

& they always had a phone number. Always "Call me if you need a friend." "Poor girls," I thought. Nobody will call them.I decided to do it. "Calling."

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After pulling out a letter, Aames picked up the phone. "I was like, 'Hi, is this the Hung residence?' And she's like, 'Yes.' And I said

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'Hi, this is Willie Aames calling from Universal Studios.' She hung up. "I called back and she was like, 'It can't be you,'" he recalled. "We started chatting and became pen pals for 30 years."

We never met, but chatted on the phone a few times. We'd catch up, lose track, catch up, and lose track." "I never once, ever in a million years thought he would be the one,"

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Their story is so remarkable that the couple decided to write and produce a movie loosely based on their journey.

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Since their experience has been so fascinating, the pair have chosen to chronicle it in a book and film.

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There is a Hallmark movie based on the true story of how adolescent idol Willie Aames fell in love with his pen pal of more than 30 years.

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