updated 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
With regard to your cover story (PEOPLE, Jan. 5), we can only hope that Mr. Willis will continue his "moonlighting." A talent like his has been long in coming. Bruce Willis is a Renaissance man, a '40s throwback with a definitive '80s style. Sensitive and brash. Serious and silly. Charismatic and caustic. He has a limitless range with a boundless supply of energy. It seems obvious to me that Bruce Willis is now heir apparent to the kingdom of Hollywood.
Okay, folks, give me a break. I, too, was once a devoted Bruce Willis fan who rushed home every Tuesday hoping he'd get to just kiss Maddie. I don't watch much anymore. Willis now fervently believes his own publicity, brushes off his admirers and has crowned himself the new prince of Hollywood. I, for one, am unimpressed. Just thank him for me for the mimeographed letter and the machine-stamped autograph. I'd rather drink my Seagram's with Cybill anyway. She's the one with class.
Johnny is engaged to No. 4, For marriage he's sure a glutton.... With his past mistakes, Hope a contract he makes, Or Johnny'll land up with nuttin'!
Leona dearest, what goes around comes around. And it certainly sounds like it's your turn. Hope you learn one big lesson from all this.
As a former employee at one of Mrs. Helmsley's hotels in New York, I can not agree entirely with your story. "The Queen" may not be the easiest, most compassionate employer in the world, but I doubt she would be where she is today if she was! I can only dream of being as successful.
Wendy L. Barbera
Let's not call her Leona Helmsley. Let's call her Alexis Carrington Colby.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Right on, Amy! It is refreshing to see people Amy's age concerned with issues around them. I'm 41, and somewhere along the way I have lost my burning passion to correct a lot of wrongs. I'm ashamed of myself. Amy is a welcome change from the materialistic, selfish and uncaring youth I have seen in the last few years. Amy has given me the inspiration to begin to speak out about issues once again.
I thought the hippie era was over. Why does Amy Carter have to wear rags? Wish I could remember who wrote the following: "One is sometimes inclined to wonder how much the militant protester is influenced by vanity and the desire for notoriety, and how much by the modest urge of inner spirit."
Marion R. Henderson
Thank you for your article on Amy Carter. As a college student I feel somewhat lost in these days of monomania. Making money and having a career are fine, but when one puts all that ahead of other people or the world around us, the way so many young people do today, it becomes more than just selfishness. There's more to life than power and money—such as love, peace and communication.
South Pasadena, Calif.
Baloney! Amy Carter doesn't want to be spotlighted? You twisted her arm for an interview? You forced her into those clothes and that setting to pose for a picture? Her ragged appearance is an insult to her parents and to everyone else. To generate social change one must impress those in a position to initiate change. Amy's negative approach in behavior and appearance will impress only those who have sunk as low as she has.
After reading your fascinating article on Marla Hanson, I felt sad but inspired. She really is someone to be admired. After what happened to her, she had enough courage to make a comeback. Good luck to you, Miss Hanson.
Bound Brook, N.J.
What could you have been thinking when you had to ruin a perfectly readable article about the Chicago Bears coach with garbage quotes from his wife? Describing her husband, she says she is proud of his success. And, she adds, "He gets me anything I want." Is that why she's proud of him? In the same breath she says that they receive a lot of nice, free things. And after that drivel leaves her mouth, she tries to convince us that material things "aren't important to me."
Kim A. Maher
I can't believe you didn't mention Vivien Leigh's performance in The Lady of the Camellias. She was a member of the Old Vic Company, which toured Australia, New Zealand and South America in 1961 and '62.
I found the story of Tony Elliott's sad beginnings, drug addiction and recovery inspiring. However I found the last paragraph to be nothing but a cheap shot. This kind of writing sacrifices meaning for a snappy ending. How can you compare Tony Elliott's good works to an addiction? I also resent the claim that he tells his story as "a way of getting acceptance and approval in massive doses." This casts an aspersion on the motives of every volunteer, implying that people help others for the wrong reasons. We can all learn from the life of Tony Elliott. But the moral of the story isn't to trade one addiction for another. It's to use our gifts and talents, whatever they might be, to give something back.
North Canton, Ohio