The then eight-year-old from Queensland wrote to the star after Hanks and his wife had been in quarantine in an Australian beach resort due to testing positive for COVID-19.
Australian show Channel 7 News reported that the letter was filled with concern for Hank’s and his wife’s wellbeing, and also noted that the bully made young Corora “sad and angry”.
Hanks responded with a letter typed on a Corona typewriter saying: “You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona — like the ring around the sun, a crown.
“I thought this typewriter would suit you. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.
Hanks finished the note with a handwritten: “P.S. You got a friend in ME!”
The double-Oscar winner gifted another typewriter, and a personal note to upcoming artist Denise Esposito.