01/09/1984 at 01:00 AM EST
It's great to see Barbra Streisand (PEOPLE, Dec. 12) getting good press these days. People forget how much beauty and comedy she's brought into the world. Even I had been brainwashed into thinking she was a pushy diva. I'm glad that she finally came forward to show the public that she is just a normal woman with a large dream.
We haven't heard from Streisand in years. She wouldn't consider giving an interview. Now that she has her own money tied up in a lousy movie, she's all over the place plugging it. For the next few weeks, she would probably appear at my house if I could guarantee 50 people.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Thank you for the information that Barbra Streisand has a "big Jewish nose." We've always known that she was Jewish and had a nose, but who knew that it was Jewish? Judaism is an ancient faith, a deep ethical and legal tradition and the foundation of a nation. One may have a Jewish soul, a Jewish heritage or a Jewish world view, but one's nose is just a nose.
Jeffrey L. Falick
Yentl should prove to skeptics that Streisand is not only a talented singer and actress but also a talented writer, producer and director as well. Most of the criticism of her newest work springs from the fact that she is a woman. Warren Beatty and Sly Stallone are praised, not damned, for controlling every aspect of their films. Perhaps things will change now that Streisand has made the monumental first step.
West Caldwell, N.J.
Patricia Berman accused ABC of "scaring the wits out of the American people" by showing The Day After. She claimed we didn't need to see it because we are able to imagine the results of a nuclear attack. Even more
naively, she asked, "Haven't we remained safe from that threat for almost 40 years by being strong rather than weak?" The human mind cannot imagine the magnitude of suffering after a nuclear holocaust. It won't matter if we have been considered strong. If a nuclear attack occurs, having been weak or strong won't make a bit of difference to anyone or anything.
The Day After was not meant to "scare" the viewer; it was meant to inform him. And we haven't "remained safe for 40 years" from the nuclear threat. We have suffered from that threat for 40 years because we have had to live knowing that we could be blown away by bombs at any time.
Until I saw The Day After, I had no idea what a terrifying and irreversible catastrophe would follow a nuclear attack. Now I am glad that ABC was brave enough to let me know.
This issue had an interesting article on Cary Grant's new wife; however, someone failed to do his homework. The Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton—not Betty—was his second wife.
I would like to thank the Couch Potatoes for admitting that they watch a lot of television. I have long been a closet viewer, but I can now freely admit that I have seen every episode of I Love Lucy. I think I am ready to take the big step and join the Couch Tomatoes.
West Chester, Pa.
Cabbage Patch Kids
What is the world coming to when people will knock down a pregnant woman and an old man and break a woman's leg attempting to buy a doll? I saw people standing in line for two hours near where I work. When the doors finally opened, these human beings acted like starved animals, crazed in their search for prey. It seems to me that when children can make their parents act like mad things, society is pretty screwed up.
Audrey L. Evans
Thanks to my wonderful parents who adopted me 20 years ago, I had a happy and healthy childhood. After serious consideration, my natural parents decided that adoption would be best for me. I did not come from a cabbage patch. Unfortunately, people like the makers of the Cabbage Patch dolls, with their cute adoption papers, will capitalize on any product in order to make a profit. Thanks to them, many young, unsure and impressionable adopted children will be even more confused during their difficult childhoods. To all those young people, I say remember that it's not where you come from that matters—it's where you're going that counts.
Phylicia Ayers-Allen Debbie Allen
Why is it that show-business people have to lie about their ages? I went to high school with Debbie Allen. We graduated from Jack Yates High School in Houston in 1967. Phylicia had already graduated. I'm 35 years old, so there is no way Debbie could be 30 and her sister 32 or 33. Who are they trying to kid? Grow old gracefully, darlings! We'd all love to be younger.
When our reporter asked Phylicia if she was older than Debbie, she replied, laughing: "It may depend on who has had more sleep the night before. No, I'm older. Am 132 or 33? You can say I'm 50, 72. Tell them I'm 172.1 don't have a hang-up about age, but people seem to get off on it."