updated 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/22/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
How great it was to see pictures of my teenage idol again (PEOPLE, June 1). How well I remember her movies. They lifted my spirits and I danced all the way home, then went back the next day to her all over again. It was sad to read about her illness, but God bless Princess Yasmin for caring about her mother and for sharing her with us.
While I am not of the age to have appreciated Miss Hayworth as a movie queen, my parents are. After having their youth in the same era as Miss Hayworth's stardom, they share one more thing—in 1981 Mom was diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease. Although she is still ambulatory, Dad has to tend to all aspects of her daily care. He has never stopped placing her needs before his and does not realize what a special person he is for doing this. Rita may have been a star known by the world, but in my opinion the real stars are the care givers who daily witness the ravages of the disease. I hope as many readers as possible heed Princess Yasmin's request and support the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Patricia A. Sprague
My hat is off to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. How refreshing it is to see a daughter (or son) stand by their mother (or father), then write something good about them. She truly is a princess.
Rita Hayworth has left us an invaluable legacy, both in her own life and in the life of her beautiful daughter Yasmin, who has almost single-handedly educated us about Alzheimer's.
Jay Martin Qualey
What a mean and nasty attack was your article on Joan Rivers and Edgar Rosenberg. Maybe their foxtrot wasn't always perfect, but give them credit for trying to provide the viewers with some swing, jazz and tango to boot. It's hard to make a show work on a network that half the country couldn't find unless they turned on their microwave ovens. As a viewer I resent being told that it was badly booked with a "dismal lineup." Does this include Joan Collins? Lucille Ball? Michael J. Fox? Elton John? Mel Gibson? If so, I wish Johnny Carson would get a few of these no talents. They're much more exciting than watching a monkey pee on his shoulder or hearing a monologue about lying politicians having affairs. That's as stale as sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving.
In the June 1 issue of PEOPLE, an article appeared concerning our Late Show Starring Joan Rivers which contained a number of misimpressions, a few of which we'd like to correct.
First, while some friction between an executive producer and his staff is natural, Edgar Rosenberg's support for the staff was shown in various ways, such as paying for their notorious colas himself after Fox installed a coin-operated machine.
Second, we have no evidence that Miss Rivers stated that Charles Nelson Reilly was "boring" or that she made any kind of gesture denigrating Jill Ireland. She is, in fact, a great admirer of them both.
Fox Square Productions
I can't believe that after all the fuss Fox made over signing her, they are now stabbing Joan Rivers in the back. The recent show with Carole Bayer Sager hosting was really pitiful. If this is what we can expect from now on, Fox may as well cancel the whole show. I am truly sorry to see Joan go. I am one of those people who for the rest of her life will say to Joan, "You had a great show." Damned right she did.
Never mind her disputes with Johnny Carson and the Fox network—if anyone deserves a command performance it's Joan. The Late Show finally gave us something open-minded and entertaining. I thought Miss Rivers was supposed to make us laugh. That's her job, right? So to Fox Broadcasting I say, "Thanks for nothing." To Edgar, "The sodas are on me." And to Joan, "My network or yours?"
Donna M. Wittwer
Whoo. Poor Jeff Jarvis surely got taken through the wringer by the Stephen King fans. I agree King is truly one of the better storytellers of our time. I also admire his work as much as his fans, but truth be told, guys, don't you think that Cujo was because the Jaguar payment was coming up?
Kelli Lane Lowery
As a writer and student of literature, I can't help but feel a measure of despair when I read such things as Tim Aumiller's claim that "Stephen King is the best storyteller and writer this nation has ever been privileged to know." Personally, I have no objection to people reading King's books for their escapist value, but to elevate him to the position of America's best writer completely ignores the extraordinary heritage of our country. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and John Steinbeck were not passably good writers who pandered to the tastes of the masses, but great artists who have made vast contributions to world literature. As for Mr. Aumiller and other members of the "King Cult," I encourage them to learn the difference between art and entertainment.
Paul J. Niemeyer
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
To all your readers who are not from Bedford, Texas: I say don't judge us all from a few unpatriotic souls. I, too, was ashamed at the actions of my fellow neighbors. I'd like Mr. Symondsto know he has my support and my family's. We have admired the flag and shared its beauty since it was first raised.