Princess Di and Princess Anne
I took umbrage at your report that Princess Diana (PEOPLE, Jan. 14) does not pull her weight as Princess Anne does. Princess Anne was born into her position, but Princess Di married into the royal family only three years ago. She has borne two children since then, and there is no way that she could have attended 201 events last year as Anne did, because she was pregnant for nine of those 12 months. Anyone with two children knows that her place is with them.
This latest piece of fiction regarding the royals was the last straw for a Britisher like myself. When will you Americans stop trying to turn our royal family and Buckingham Palace into some sort of Falcon Crest?
It is about time that credit was given to Princess Anne. She has always had bad press. Finally some British people are starting to realize that they are getting something in return from one of Queen Elizabeth's children for the large allowances they receive.
Gary J. Yartin
You make it seem as if Princesses Anne and Diana were suburban housewives lollygagging about, sisters-in-law who had deliberately set out not to cultivate a friendship. These women are working royals with schedules and deadlines, following a court calendar, year in and year out.
Kansas City, Mo.
Thank you for the special article commemorating what would have been Elvis' 50th birthday. It was nice to read the remembrances of his friends like Jerry Schilling, Pat Perry and Janelle McComb. Anybody who grew up in the 1950s has a little piece of Elvis inside themselves, and many of us are passing it on to a new generation of music lovers.
A more appropriate tribute would have been to put the King on the cover rather than just a prince and princess. Elvis is a part of millions of Americans, most of whom don't give a rip about the royal feuds.
We were thoroughly disgusted to read that Elvis' stepmother, Dee Presley, is managing an Elvis impersonator. My God, give the man and his memory a break.
Your article was filled with comments made by people who are still living in the Elvis world that existed more than 25 years ago, a world caught up by a beautiful young face, a gyrating body and a pleasant singing voice. In reality, Elvis became a sweaty, overweight drug addict with a waning voice and no capacity to gyrate whatsoever. Furthermore, anyone with half a brain cell could determine 15 minutes into one of his movies that he possessed not one shred of acting ability. This man's death has been steadily exploited for eight years now. Why not bury the corpse?
Theresa C. Phillips
As Sting's greatest fan, I can assure you that his baby blues would have made better cover material than Princess Di with her blues about babies.
Margaret R. McNally
Sting is finally being recognized as a fine artist, not just as a teenybopper's idol. He's also a fascinating person with his head screwed on straight.
My sister recently told me that if she had to pick a female role model for her daughter from a prime-time series, her choice would be Stephanie Zimbalist, and I agree wholeheartedly. As detective Laura Holt, she exhibits intelligence, spunk, wit, tenacity, generosity, sensitivity, humor and, to top it all, an extensive vocabulary and physical fitness. As far as my family is concerned, she is the star of the show. If Pierce Brosnan were replaced by another equally attractive male star, I wouldn't bat an eyelash, but without Stephanie Zimbalist the program would never be the same.
Maria Pilar Garcia
I wonder what Catya Sassoon will do when she can't make $5,000 a month modeling. Also, if she finds that she doesn't have the acting talent of Meryl Streep (as she thinks she does), will Daddy be able to buy her a high school diploma too? As a high school student, I know that my education is one of the greatest gifts I will receive—something to be taken advantage of, not tossed away because I could be making money elsewhere.
I am writing regarding all those antiattorney letters written in response to your article on Rosemary Furman, the woman who was prosecuted in Florida for practicing law without a license. As a lawyer whose clientele is neither rich nor powerful, and who barely made expenses last year, I get tired of reading this nonsense. Yes, there are rich and greedy attorneys, just as there are rich and greedy people in any field. In 1982 the average female attorney (including judges) made $26,000. The solution to the problem Furman presents is simple. Have people see an attorney in order to be advised of their rights under the law. Then, if their case is simple, they can go to a secretary and have the forms filled out. Here in California a consultation is frequently free and usually costs less than $50. By the way, I am typing this letter myself.
Judy Anderson Zetin
Santa Ana, Calif.
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