In Honor of her Golden Globe Nomination…It’s All About ‘The Balfe’ and the Top 8 Times I Loved Her Most…or “My ‘Love Letter’ to Caitriona Balfe.”

In honor of her Golden Globe nomination, I’m re-sharing my personal ‘Love Letter’ to Caitriona Balfe which I wrote last year.  We’re so lucky to have this gracious, kind and classy woman as our Claire and my fingers and toes are crossed for her tonight.  Huge best wishes to you tonight Sweet Lady!!!

As far back as I can remember, I was not the kind of person who was a ‘fan-girl’ of any specific actor or actress.  There were singers whose voices I loved like Kristin Chenoweth and actresses in parts that I admired like Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver, but that’s as far as I went…until now.  But, right here, right now, I’m outing myself.  I’m a real-live, fan-girl and from now on, it’s all about ‘The Balfe.’  Yes, I’ve decided to try to make ‘The Balfe’ a thing.  I’m pretty sure I won’t be successful, but like Cher, Madonna and Beckham, I think she deserves to be a ‘one-namer’.

There’s SO much to admire and fan-girl about, that I’m not even sure where to begin.  But let’s plunge in, shall we?  Here are the top 8 times, I loved ‘The Balfe’:

1)  When ‘The Balfe’ was announced as the actress who would play Claire Fraser and the photo appeared with her wearing the plaid dress with her hair in the soft 1940’s ‘do’ with her face almost free of make-up, I jumped out of my chair shouting ‘it’s her, it’s her’!  I’d only waited 20 years to see Claire and suddenly there she was in living color, exactly as I pictured her.
2)  This purple dress.  How many actresses in her position would have shown up to a Red Carpet Event wearing a sheer dress and hooker shoes? I’m guessing the majority of them. But not ‘The Balfe.’  She wore THIS gorgeous purple dress to the mid-season Outlander premiere in New York and blew us all away.  This look is reminiscent of glamorous 1940’s dames like Greer Garson and Myrna Loy and, man oh man, she pulled it off.

3)  ‘The Balfe’ is gracious and kind, and always remains above the fray.  I’ve recently become aware of some truly cuckoo-bird shenanigans in the fandom, yet she is able to dip her toe in just far enough that we know she’s around, but not so far, that she gets bit.  We could all learn how to interact with crazies in our every day life from watching her.  (Pictured below is my favorite fictional crazy woman of all time, Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched!)

4)  Her sense of humor. All you need to do is watch an interview with her Outlander co-stars, (you remember the hunky guy in the kilt and the English dude?) or out-takes where she gets the giggles and see that ‘The Balfe’ is someone who likes to keep on the sunny side of life.  Cuz let’s face it, life is too short, and we need to laugh more.  I for one, will take my cue from her and laugh when and as often as I can!

5)  I believe ‘The Balfe’ is our modern-day Audrey Hepburn.  Calm, cool and caring, slightly mad-cap, topped off with a great sense of style and the soul of a humanitarian.


6)  I have confessed more than once to loving animals almost as much (or more) than I love actual human beings.  Anyone who follows The Balfe on Twitter knows she loves her cat, Eddie, and has posted multiple photos of her.   She is well on her way to #FutureCatLadyStatus and that makes me love her most of all.  I’d be willing to bet she even has an over-sized, t-shirt with Eddie’s photo on it that she schleps around her house in on her days off.  If any of you know for a fact this isn’t true, please don’t tell me.  I want to live happily in my little dream world cuz I like it here. 🙂

CBalfeand Cat
7) Her tenacity. Her work ethic. Her, dare we say it….pluck.  We’ve heard many times from the cast and even Show Runner, Ron Moore and Costume Designer, Terry Dresbach that ‘The Balfe’ spent weeks running around the freezing cold Highlands in a thin white dress, never once uttering a word of complaint while the men were wrapped in wool and the crew wore their parkas.  Well done Ms. Balfe!

8) Last, but definitely, not least. The woman can act.  She’s proven time and time again that she’s got The Chops.  And l’m very grateful to the Outlander Casting swami/gurus who found her, plucked her up from amongst the gazillions of women yearning for this part and plopped her back down again in Scotland because she was born for this role.  I don’t even want to contemplate going back to a world where I can’t watch her on my TV screen. ‘The Balfe’ will win a Bafta, an Emmy and every award the Industry offersIt’s only a matter of time.


This sums up the reasons for my first official fan girl experience.  I’m proud to share my love of ‘The Balfe’ with those of you who love her too!  Now, if we can only survive Droughtlander Part 2 and make it to Dragonfly In Amber in one piece, I’ll be a happy woman.  Maybe there will be a miracle and Starz will even tell us when that will be.  We can always dream, right?

Author’s note: Most photos are property of Starz, others have stamps on them, some I could not find the source. If some kind person would tell me (very slowly and clearly cuz I’m a techno-dork) how to put the little ‘Source’ thingie next to the photo so I could credit the right person, I’d be forever grateful. For now, you have to read the stamp on the photo, assume it’s Starz or know that I don’t know. #Yikes

Another Author’s Note: Geez, I’m wordy!  If you like the Hepburn/Balfe meme, please feel FREE to share it with your peeps!


  • Jackie Campbell
    Posted August 9, 2015 3:19 pm 0Likes

    This is so great! I feel exactly the same! And Gladys Kravitz is one of my favorite characters of all time. I channel her frequently when there is shenanigans going on in my ‘hood. Great job!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 5:59 pm 0Likes

      Ermahgerd Jackie! I am the Gladys Kravitz of my neighborhood, just not as crazy! Sometimes when I see shenanigans, I start yelling ‘Abner! Abner!’ It makes the hubby laugh. ???

  • brg028
    Posted August 9, 2015 4:14 pm 0Likes

    Totally agree. I’m all about The Balfe as well. I love the name :). It is a strong as she is!!

    I’ve always thought if I could spend a day with any of the cast members I would choose her. She seems like so much fun!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 5:57 pm 0Likes

      I know, right? The Balfe would be the perfect girlfriend to dish with! Thx for commenting!

  • Mary Lou
    Posted August 9, 2015 4:45 pm 0Likes

    Loved this, Melissa!
    Was so excited about it that I raced over to the groups to share and forgot to comment here!
    Big hit on Caitrionation!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 5:55 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for sharing…I love when OL peeps do that! ❤️❤️❤️

      • Mary Lou
        Posted August 9, 2015 7:59 pm 0Likes

        Thank YOU for posting, Melissa!

  • Susan G
    Posted August 9, 2015 6:26 pm 0Likes

    Loved it !(especially the perfect Gladys part) – but note that Cait’s cat Eddie is a female, named after the character Edina in Absolutely Fabulous.

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 6:58 pm 0Likes

      I knew that about Eddie, but apparently forgot. I think because my cat is a boy everyone else’s must be too. Duh! Thanks for reminding me. ?

  • Cary
    Posted August 9, 2015 6:41 pm 0Likes

    Melissa! Greer Garson, Audrey Hepburn and Mrs. Miniver are all favorites of mine as well! Let’s hang out sometime watching them and Catriona as well and discussing Outlander (LOL, of course we can’t but it would be fun)

    What a wonderful post. I had been thinking recently that so much attention had been fixed on Sam and Tobias for the last two episodes of the season (and Sam especially was deserving) but my heart would not have been nearly so broken if we wouldn’t have had Cait’s portrayal of Claire, especially in Wentworth. Good for you for putting this into words!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 8:28 pm 0Likes

      Cary, I would SO hang out with you! Most people don’t even know who Greer Garson is or have seen Mrs. Miniver. We could watch old movies with pink, foam curlers in our hair! ‘The Balfe’s’ performance at Wentworth blew me away…she’s SO good. Thx for writing. ???

      • Cary
        Posted August 10, 2015 2:11 am 0Likes

        Love it Melissa! LOL, I’ll bet there are even people who have never seen pink foam curlers 😉 Do you remember Greer Garson doing the narration of The Little Drummer Boy? If you haven’t already seen it, another great movie of hers is with Gregory Peck “The Valley of Decision”.

        We better have snacks at our old movie night 😉 Thanks for the reply, Melissa, made me smile!

        • Melissa B
          Posted August 10, 2015 4:20 am 0Likes

          I’ve never actually worn pink, foam rollers, but I’ve sure seen them in the movies! As for snacks….Rice Krispie Treats and Tang!

  • Sal
    Posted August 9, 2015 6:47 pm 0Likes

    Love the Balfe/Audrey Hepburn side-by-side. Did you do that yourself? Also, thanks for this piece! So true! Love this woman so much!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 9, 2015 8:31 pm 0Likes

      Sal, My hubby builds all my memes. I give him the photos and tag lines and he makes them! #MatchMadeInHeaven ❤️

  • Deb Luoma
    Posted August 9, 2015 11:26 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for posting this! I think we forget that Claire (the “Balfe) is narrator of this epic story. I read the Outlander story when it first came out in the early 90’s.
    A lot of the posting is about Sam who is a terrific actor and so fitting to be Jamie Fraser but Cait is perfect as Claire, everything I expected and a lot more!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 10, 2015 3:37 am 0Likes

      Deb, Some actresses are made for roles and she was made for this one. #Perfection

  • sassypants25
    Posted August 10, 2015 4:16 am 0Likes

    Reblogged this on sassypants25 and commented:
    This sums up pretty perfectly why we should all appreciate her & why so many of us LOVE her. Perfectly Said….

  • KateLeslie1
    Posted August 31, 2015 3:40 am 0Likes

    Couldn’t agree more, Melissa! The Balfe was born for her role as Claire. You’re speaking my language when you bring up Greer Garson, Audrey Hepburn, et al. Katherine Hepburn is my all-time favorite actress from any era. One hell of a feminist was that woman. And no nonsense! Irene Dunne (My Favorite Wife, I Remember Mama, Life With Father) is another favorite. These were all women of substance…on-screen and off. So is The Balfe. HEY…here’s an idea. What would you think if we started a movie classics night…maybe once or twice a month during Droughtlander? Maybe choose Classic movies where we could see Cait in the role. It might be interesting to see what we come up with!

  • Iris
    Posted January 10, 2016 8:07 pm 0Likes

    Your text is exactly a mirror of my thoughts!
    Couldn’t agree more with everything.
    Never was a fan of anyone but adored Audrey Hepurn always. My old car (Corvette 1959) is even called after her. The Balfe is just beautiful inside and outside!
    Thank you for writing this text (cause I couldn’t / not only because English is my 2nd language)!

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