updated 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
Your Hollywood issue (PEOPLE, Feb. 9) confirmed that the old stars had the real glamour compared to the ones today. Such nostalgia, such beauty brought back delightful memories. A wonderful comparison.
Mary L. Becker
David Selznick reportedly said, "Hollywood is like Egypt—full of crumbling pyramids." Indeed the last vestiges of class and allurement that was Hollywood disappeared in the '50s. The Hollywood of the '80s has been reclaimed by the desert.
David Christopher Adams
How on earth could you make a list of the most irreplaceable movie stars in history and leave out Bette Davis?
New York City
....Norma Shearer, Irene Dunne and Audrey Hepburn?
....Bob Hope, Henry Fonda and Bing Crosby?
Michael A. Gard
Brown Deer, Wis.
....James Dean and Judy Garland?
Don L. McCulty
Be still my heart! Never, ever, have I seen such a gathering as the one on pages 82-83 of your Hollywood issue! I truly gasped when I saw this photograph of four of the finest actors I have watched. Truly, they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Shame on Molly Ringwald! At least with her blatant irresponsibility she demonstrated the major difference between actresses then and now. Actresses then, such as the gracious Lillian Gish, were obviously much more disciplined than the likes of Miss Ringwald.
Gina M. Petrone
It would seem the "Brat Pack" was aptly named. Miss Gish, I would be absolutely honored to spend an afternoon with you.
While I'm sure Miss Ringwald didn't mean to insult Miss Gish, there are very few reasons I can think of that justify missing a golden opportunity such as Miss Ringwald had. Speaking for myself (and every other actress I know), I would like to tell Miss Gish that we do not see her as "old," but rather as just as beautiful and talented as she ever was. We would be proud if we could bring to our work even half of the honesty and dignity she brought to hers. Thank you, Miss Gish, for lighting the flame. We will do our best to keep it burning.
If Molly Ringwald didn't have the correct address, how did she get the flowers delivered? Lillian Gish handled herself the only way she knew how—like Hollywood royalty.
Faith M. Deal
Shallowness, thy name is Molly. What a shame that she could not find the time to observe the grace, charm and talent that is Miss Lillian Gish. She obviously could have used the lesson.
I find it hard to believe that none of your so-called experts included the best movie ever made in their "best" categories. Thank heavens your readers had enough good sense to pick Gone With the Wind as their all-time favorite.
I was outraged to see On Golden Pond, Ghostbusters and There's No Business Like Show Business on the all-time worst-movie lists. What narrow-minded critics. I suppose Friday the 13th and all of the other "mad slasher" films exhibited more artistic quality and wider box office appeal. I wish you had asked intelligent movie critics for their choices. Where are Siskel & Ebert when you need 'em?
I have only one comment to make about I.A.L. Diamond's outlook on the Hollywood of today: bleak, bleak, bleak.
Christopher S. Rees