09/15/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT
TV's Hippest Oddballs
I enjoyed your story on Vanna White (PEOPLE, Aug. 25). But for stating that at home "the usually overdressed White is surprisingly the slob," shame on you. If you're looking for a true Hollywood slob, look at Madonna
or other such stars. Vanna is as far from sloppy as you can get. What a pity such a down-to-earth girl can't be taken for what she is—just that.
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
It is with great puzzlement that we write to you and ask, "Is Vanna White for real?" Does she really believe that Lauren Bacall was a character in history? Can't she pretend to be intelligent? To really know the alphabet? To remember the last book she read? She gives new meaning to the words "dumb blonde."
Laura D. Joyner
How could you "write off" Vanna White with a superficial article that was totally off base? Vanna came to Portland, Ore. about a year ago for a contestant search, and literally brightened the day of everyone she met. She shared lunch and conversation with dazzled seniors at a "Loaves and Fishes" center and even did a sweet, sincere public service announcement on their behalf. Why make an American princess a potato head?
Vanna White is fine on Wheel of Fortune, but does not compare in looks and personality to Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson and Holly Hallstrom on The Price Is Right.
Hurray for Willard Scott! He may call his humor "corny as Kansas," but to me it's a refreshing change from some of the slick, handsome, hairy guys I'm exposed to every day on TV who smirk and leer instead of belly-laugh. God bless you, Willard. We need more people like you in every walk of life.
The photograph accompanying the article on Raphael Soyer shows the artist painting three London ladies. The woman on the right looks remarkably like the wonderful actress Mildred Natwick. Is it?
Webster Groves, Mo.
Yes. All three are actresses. They are dressed in character as ladies of the evening for the 1940 film the Long Voyage Home.
In your article on Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Hoving states that to his knowledge no other artist "has portrayed the same woman for such a long time with such intense observation and emotional involvement." What this former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art seems to have forgotten is the work of Alfred Stieglitz, who, before Wyeth began his Helga works, captured his wife, Georgia O'Keeffe, in hundreds of photographs over a period of nearly 30 years with an even more explicit intensity and emotional involvement.
New York City
G. Gordon Liddy
Nothing disgusted me more than reading that ex-felon G. Gordon Liddy is now a successful, wealthy "cult hero." This man's sick mind should underscore for all of us just how dangerous right-wing extremists can be underneath all the phony patriotic rhetoric.
If Liddy is so clever, how come he got tripped up by a janitor at Watergate?
Hollywood and Drugs
As an RN I get tired of Susan Newman pointing out the line in A Chorus Line about Valium. The legitimate medical use of the drug is as a muscle relaxant. It is commonly prescribed for pain due to strains and sprains. The line in the musical is just alluding to reality.
Lisa R. Oglesby
I must take issue with your refusal to give Timothy Dalton a four-page cover article. Frankly I've admired his work since I first saw him in Wuthering Heights. True, he's done some trash, but he was always the best actor in it.