Though many readers agreed that Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (PEOPLE, Oct. 18) are, as billed, the Sexiest Couple Alive, others suggested that Tracy Nelson and her husband, Billy Moses, should have been our main cover subject. "They faced the family tragedy of cancer and got through it together," wrote Betty Gallien, of Penacook, N.H. "Now that's sexy."
THE SEXIEST COUPLE ALIVE
It's wonderful to see a couple with obviously stunning looks who are respectful of each other and touchingly in love.
KATHI CONWAY, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Crawford is so beautiful and her husband is to die for. He could eat crackers in my bed any day.
CARMELLA MAYO, Granite City., Ill.
Crawford is young and pretty. But Gere has white hair and a double chin. Tell him to dye his hair and lose 30 pounds.
H.M. STEUBEN, Sacramento
Gere and Crawford are the sexiest couple alive? Please! If I had the bucks, I'd have a tattoo of Roseanne and Tom Arnold put on my sexy butt.
THERESA ARMSTRONG, Muldrow, Okla.
Sorry, I don't buy the "love" thing between Richard and Cindy. How many times have they been together when it doesn't involve a public appearance of some kind?
JILL M. SMITH, Winooski, Vt.
How about Nicole Kidman
and Tom Cruise
MICHELLE JACKSON, San Diego
Daryl Hannah and John F. Kennedy Jr.?
LORRAINE LaPORTE, Rochester, Minn.
Jane Fonda and Ted Turner?
JUDETTE HYATT, Cody, Wyo.
I'grew up in the age of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and your article about their granddaughter Tracy brought back many memories. It was a study in true love and courage to read how she fought cancer with the help of her steadfast husband, Billy Moses, and came to be blessed with a little angel named Remington.
JANICE CLASSEN, Chicago
How refreshing to see a young couple who have been through so much call on their faith for strength in a time of crisis, instead of the usual Hollywood remedy—drugs and alcohol.
PEGGY MARTORAMA, Bridgeton, N.J.
My heart goes out to Tracy Nelson. My husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease at age 28 and is now a two-year survivor. Nelson is an inspiration to us both.
GAYLE FELDMAN, Lancaster, Ky.
I salute Matuschka for baring her post-mastectomy body. After undergoing a mastectomy in 1989, at age 37, I chose not to have reconstructive surgery. I also chose not to wear a prosthetic device most of the time. I think it is important for people to see me, with my two young children, with one breast. I hope more people will confront the breast-cancer epidemic and join the fight for a cure.
THERESE BABICH, Sacramento
I am very offended by the pictures in the article about Matuschka. I had a mastectomy in 1989. It is bad enough that the operation makes you feel like half a woman. When it first happens, you are very self-conscious and afraid that everyone is looking at you. Over time you adjust. But now, when people see these pictures, I feel they may wonder if that is what I really look like.
BARBARA BARTELL, Philadelphia
I resent Matuschka's supposedly artistic effort to force people "to see the truth" about breast cancer. The truth is that breast cancer does not have to mean the loss of a breast. In May 1992, I had a lumpectomy, rather than a mastectomy. Still, at age 44, my life was turned upside down. My career has been put on hold while I try to schedule a myriad of doctors' appointments. Matuschka's plaster body casts do not capture the reality of these problems.
SANDEE COHEN, New York City
As a single parent of a 4-year-old boy, I was insulted by Tony "Tone L?c" Smith's comments about not liking "mama's boys" and wanting to raise his 3-year-old son, Bijan, as a "man's child." If children are stifled by such outdated attitudes, how will they ever get the chance to grow?
CINDY LALL, St. Charles, Mo.
Your short but wonderful tribute to the greatest basketball player who ever lived left me in tears. I am going to miss watching him fly through the air.
ALLISON ABT, Meadowbrook, Pa.
I may be just another crazy "I like Mike" fan, but I think he deserves more than the 21 sentences you gave him.
JUDI FEENEY, Shrewsbury, N.J.