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Prince’s Biggest Fan Was a 93-Year-Old Woman From Cleveland

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Prince's Biggest Fan Was a 93-Year-Old Woman From Cleveland
Prince performs his first of three shows onstage during ‘One Night… Three Venues’ hosted by Prince and Lotusflow3r.com at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 28, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


Now that Prince‘s former home, Paisley Park, has been opened to the public as a museum, any fan can take a tour. But only one could call herself Prince’s biggest fan—and she had the collection to prove it.

Thrillist‘s Annie Zaleski covered 93-year-old Clevelander Mary Boyer’s intense obsession with the artist (sadly, Boyer has since passed away). According to Boyer, her fandom began at the age of 60 in July 1984, only a short time after Purple Rain was released. The mother of seven wound up seeing Prince 25 times in the coming years; and amassing a collection of memorabilia that included 300 posters, 100 t-shirts, and 1,200 albums. “I didn’t intend to be a collector, but if I went to a store and there was something there with Prince, I just couldn’t leave it there,” she told Zaleski. She would end up filling her entire home with Prince-related items—and even painting some of her walls purple as a nod to her hero. 

Unfortunately, Boyer was never able to have a private moment with Prince when he was still alive. However, she did have a great encounter she recounted to Zaleski. “The closest personal experience she had was at an April 1993 after-show at Chicago’s Metro, when the artist pulled her up onstage during the first encore,” notes Zaleski. Prince sang the dirty-ish song “Johnny,” while she was onstage and ended up giving her a big hug.

To read Zaleski’s piece on Boyer and take a look at some of her incredible collection, click here.