updated 08/31/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bridgitte and Joan
It would seem that the media is intent on assaulting our senses ad nauseum with the latest escapades of Collins and Nielsen and their respective mates (PEOPLE, Aug. 10). It makes me appreciate even more the commitment and dedication my parents worked at during 51 years of marriage. If money, status and self-indulgence had been the sum total of my parents' values, I too might have been left behind when I was 16 months old, as Nielsen's son Julian was.
David Adams
Indian Hills, Calif.

Peter, Peter money depleter Had a wife and couldn't keep her $80,000 a month Holm is needin'—Bet Joan wishes him back in Sweden
Arline Clarke
Carmichael, Calif.

Your article on the Stallones focused too much on "The Nielsen." She was nothing more than a feather in the wind before Sly came along. Thank God he woke up; Sly deserves a real woman.
Connie Thomas
Paterson, N.J.

Like get real Romina! Not every man is waiting in line to make love to you. What about the competition? Good luck out there in Hollyweird.
Myra S. Pruitt
Mary Barrett
Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Beach Movies
Samuel Z. Arkoff did indeed make a series of low-budget beach party movies, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, with my late husband James H. Nicholson, who was co-founder and president of American International Pictures and Mr. Arkoff's co-producer.
Susan N. Hofheinz Jr.

Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Arkoff were co-producers on seven Avalon-Funicello pictures.—ED.

Marilyn Monroe
My mother, Dame Margaret Rutherford, was making the movie On The Double with Danny Kaye at the same time Marilyn Monroe was filming The Misfits. Marilyn suddenly walked into Mother's dressing room one day and, without a word, curled up, lay her head in Mother's ample lap and fell asleep. Mother always said, "The poor child was just lonely."
Dawn Langley Simmons
Hudson, N.Y.

Dan Rather
I watch CBS for my news because democracy works only if voters are informed. Hang in there, Mr. Rather.
Karen Siegmund
Woodsville, N.H.

Regarding your article, I agree the anchor makes the difference to the viewer. I want to be informed; I do not want politically biased opinions by some liberal crusading reporter put forth as news. Perhaps that, in part, is the reason for bad ratings. I think people prefer neutral and fair reporting.
Elizabeth M. Lens
Miramar, Fla.

Doc Watson
Your article was excellent and inspirational. Hats off to you for featuring a profile on a true American talent.
Grace Louden

The Beat Goes On
Your article was great. I have often wondered what became of a lot of '50s and '60s singers. Please do sequels. I'd love to hear about Gene Pitney (Town Without Pity) Bobby Vee (Rubber Ball), Gene McDaniels (A Hundred Pounds of Clay), etc.
Jeri Blattberg
Great Neck, N.Y.

Jennie Caprio
I am a teenager and, like Jennie, used to strive for the perfect tan, always thinking that only "other people" got skin cancer. However, Jennie's story really scared me, and I realized that the pain and suffering, both physical and mental, of skin cancer will remain long after the "perfect tan" fades. I extend my sympathies to Ms. Caprio and also my deepest thanks for telling her painful story. She has saved many people from the terrible agony of skin cancer.
Laura Schramm

Roberto Urrutia
As a young person in America today, I see the blatant disregard Americans have for how fortunate they truly are. Here is Mr. Urrutia who appreciates what a unique country this is and how fortunate we all are to live here. Even though America has not given him a fair shake, he still believes in himself and the greatness of the United States. May Roberto Urrutia be mucho, mucho happy for many years to come.
Robin Kemper
New York City

Picks & Pans
Jeff Jarvis' scathing review of Adderly prompted us to write. Apparently, the show is "too Canadian." What's that supposed to mean? Jarvis also has taken a worldwide reputation of being "too nice and too relaxed"—something Canadians take pride in—and made it sound insulting. Do these characteristics prevent us from making a contribution to American prime-time TV? In light of the U.S. embracing such Canadian talents as Michael J. Fox, Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short and Al Waxman, who portrays Lt. Bert Samuels in Cagney & Lacey, Mr. Jarvis should have a healthier respect for "Hollywood North."
Susan Waddington
Kelly Ulrich
Vancouver, B.C.

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