03/04/1985 at 01:00 AM EST
Cagney & Lacey
At last, Cagney & Lacey (PEOPLE, Feb. 11). I waited a long time to see Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly make the cover of your magazine, but it was worth the wait. These are real women playing characters who are real women. Those chicks on Dynasty, Dallas and Falcon Crest should take notice.
Deborah E. Davidson
Absolutely the homeliest, dowdiest plain Janes ever to adorn your cover. Nobody wants to look at the housewife next door on the cover of PEOPLE.
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
I'm 30, single and at times more occupied by my career than I'd like, but I always take time to watch Cagney & Lacey. Besides being terrific entertainment, this show validates my often battered psyche. C&L addresses all aspects of being a career woman. Job stress, sacrifices, personal and work relationships are explored in a sensitive, intelligent fashion. Tyne Daly is wrong in thinking that no one cares about the struggle she and Sharon Gless go through to create their characters. The heart and hard work that go into the show are what make every episode a pleasure and a privilege to watch.
Karen Curtis, M.D.
David Lee Roth
Thank you for printing a personal portrait of the lead singer of the best band around. It's nice to know that he's not just a spaced-out jerk but rather a messy, family-oriented guy (how many rock stars let their sister live with them?) with a great voice who hasn't let the adulation go to his head.
I had always found David Lee Roth attractive in a quirky way. I guess I was hoping that behind that outlandish image there was a sensitive, fun-loving human being. Imagine my dismay when I read your article and found the realization of my darkest fears. A story about an egotistical, self-centered slob. Yeccch.
Diana Lynn Serra
Sean Penn's remarkable acting speaks for itself. As for his private life, it's obvious he would like it to remain just that—private. Thus there is no need for him to do huge amounts of publicity. It's a shame that some people feel he must be an entertainer offscreen as well. That's confusing "egocentric" behavior with integrity.
Kendall Park, N.J.
Director Richard Rosenthal may feel that Sean Penn is the "only actor of his generation who can really become a different person for each acting job," but there are hundreds of young actors who are capable of performing this feat. That, although industry bigwigs tend to forget, is what acting is all about. Anyone who claims that Penn is the "most talented actor of his generation" hasn't checked out the rest of us.
We would like to point out that in your article "Whose body is it, anyway? Her ex-yogi sues Raquel Welch, claiming she stole his moves," there was one glaring misstatement of facts relating to the lawsuit between Raquel Welch and MGM. The article incorrectly stated that Ms. Welch has lost her suit against MGM. In fact, no trial date has even been set!
Raquel Welch Productions
New York City
What Ms. Welch lost was a motion for summary judgment in her case against MGM; as a result, the case will go to trial at a later date.—ED.
In your story you say that Tracy Taylor's father thought about putting her out of her misery. My question is why any parent of a severely handicapped child would want to do this? Four years ago I gave birth to a beautiful little girl who was severely brain damaged. When she was three days old, her father had to tell me that they were going to take her off the respirator, and she was not expected to live more than an hour. That night I got to hold her for the first time, and I knew then I would give anything I had to help my baby live. The hospital priest told us not to let this get to us and, when it was all over tomorrow, to forget her and go on with our lives. The next day we went back to the hospital with our parents so that they could hold Sarah and kiss her goodbye. After they left to go to the chapel, the doctor gave Sarah a shot of morphine to make it easier, and she went into a deep sleep. Her father and I took turns holding her, waiting for her to die. After an hour or so hospital personnel encouraged us to leave. A few days later, Sarah woke up. She had the prettiest, biggest eyes you ever saw. The doctors started telling us that, if she survived, we should put her away in a home because she would never be anything but a vegetable. Oh how I started to hate that word. The doctors also said we were only taking her home to die, but she just celebrated her fourth birthday, with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It's true she can't walk, talk or even sit alone, but a vegetable—no way. She knows what she wants, and she can let you know, too. She will never do the things her 2-year-old sister will, but she does her own things in her own way. She has the greatest laugh. When she gets started, you just have to laugh with her. From the first day of her life to this moment, neither her father nor myself has ever wished her dead. She is our own private angel. We have been through a lot and there is a lot more ahead of us, but we love her and will accept whatever it is.
San Leandro, Calif.