Let's hope that Elizabeth Taylor does not fall into the Burton trap again (PEOPLE, March 15). Taylor doesn't need anyone but herself.
New York City
Give your readers a break. Forget about Elizabeth Taylor and that doddering old man she was married to. They just aren't news anymore—they're relics of another age.
Jack P. Gabriel
I'm sick and tired of reading about Elizabeth Taylor's antics. Now PEOPLE has fallen under her spell. She's been an international disgrace to marriage, fidelity, motherhood and ladyhood for 20 years. Even when she is fat, which is most of the time, she is forgiven and called beautiful. Where is justice for all of us in the same age bracket who take care of ourselves so that we'll look good, who cherish being ladies and never embarrass our families? Why do the media continue to honor her when she should hang her head in shame?
Claire M. Kingsley
I read with interest your story on Harry Chapin. I asked Harry to write two or three songs for the current off-Broadway musical Cotton Patch Gospel and, characteristically, he wrote more than 20. He told me that he was "born to write the music for Cotton Patch." When he finished, he said, "It's the finest thing I've ever done." We who are involved with the show agree. Sadly, he was killed before our New York opening on Oct. 21 and never heard the praise for his last effort. The music for the show reflects his philosophy and his humanity; it is a legacy that can be cherished.
Philip M. Getter
New York City
Your article on Harry Chapin made me disappointed that I never saw him perform. If you had printed an article on this charitable man while he was still with us, I, for one, would have taken every opportunity to see him.
Harry Chapin did not die a millionaire, but he was rich in many things: his love for life, for family and friends, his compassion for strangers who needed him. To me, he was a wealthy man. How can we contribute to the causes he believed in?
Donations can be sent to the Harry Chapin Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 538. Huntington, N.Y. 11743.—ED.
After losing 22 pounds I certainly feel like a new woman. But not the woman in your March 15 issue. Please gimme a break and notify your readers that any reports of an entire head and body transplant are greatly exaggerated.
The actress in the picture was, in fact, Michele McCain, who is currently touring with the international road company of Ain't Misbehavin'. PEOPLE apologizes to both women.—ED.
Twice since Cher made her Broadway debut in Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, you have mentioned the bad reviews, but you haven't noted that Cher herself has been singled out as the one good thing in the play. For example, the New York Times asked for "a lot more Cher and a lot less of some of its other stars."
Ocean Springs, Miss.
The more I read about child pornography, the angrier I feel; however, I am also grateful that people are being made aware of this problem. As the victim of a child molester, I can tell you that one of the worst fears to overcome is that of telling anyone about it afterward. I felt scared, apprehensive and still quite unsure about what had happened. I told my parents, and fortunately, although they were upset at first, they were understanding and believed me. It made me feel that I could talk to them about anything. My advice to young victims is: Tell your parents. If you can't, talk to someone you can trust. You will probably feel invaded, dirty, cheap and ashamed. You might even think it's your fault. This is perfectly normal.
And, parents, you may feel shocked at first and want to deny it, especially if the molester is someone you know. It's a scary thing to hear. For your child's sake and maybe for the sake of someone else's child, check it out, whether you believe your offspring or not. Report it if necessary. Thank you, PEOPLE, for printing the article.
St. Catharines, Ont.
As a childhood victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a father who was a church and civic leader, I applaud every effort by the Florence Rushes in our society to expose the problem and tackle it.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Sound of Music has done a lot more for Christopher Plummer than "get him the best tables in restaurants." If it weren't for that "lousy part," we'd all be saying, "Christopher who?"
Christopher von Trapp
North Ferrisburg, Vt.
Christopher von Trapp is a grandson of the original Baron Georg von Trapp, the character whom Plummer played in the film.—ED.