What a shining example to humanity Sir Laurence Olivier was (PEOPLE, July 24). In all of his 82 years, he triumphed over the many challenges of living and the adversities of life in true gentlemanly fashion. Without a doubt, he was the world's greatest actor.
Florence A. Allen
Thank God for celluloid, so that all Laurence Olivier was and all he gave to his craft will live on forever.
Vivian A. Roseto
Though I was never fortunate enough to have met Laurence Olivier, he added such pleasure to my life that I feel as though I've lost an old, cherished friend. Always willing to step into new ventures, he was one of the first "prestige" actors to do a commercial. Who can forget that amazing voice touting the Polaroid camera? Ever an aristocrat and never a snob. That's how I'll remember him.
New York City
Of all the emotions one could feel reading your article about Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick accident, I reacted with pity. Pity for the grand jury members who were seemingly helpless against the Kennedy name, pity for the judicial puppets who knew better, and pity for a man who simply didn't give a damn.
As a resident and voter in Massachusetts, I find it incredible that the voters of Massachusetts have believed this garbage from the Kennedys for so long. Heaven help us that we have to be subjected to a whole new generation of Kennedys who are following in their fathers' footsteps.
To say that I had a boyhood crush on Chris Evert would be an understatement. I was in the seventh grade when she won her first Wimbledon, and I've been crazy about her ever since. Come this summer's U.S. Open, I'll be screaming, praying and sweating as I watch her try to win the title. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to see her go out on top. It's wonderful to see her so happy with her second husband, Andy Mill. If things don't work out, remember, Chris, I'm still available, and the third time's the charm.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
I have never read an article that made me as angry as Desirée Barber's story about why she had an abortion. She is quoted as saying, "Children are so precious." So she decided to become a surrogate mother. When she couldn't conceive, she quit the program. But when she became pregnant with her husband's child, they decided to abort. Must be children weren't quite so precious if she didn't stand to make any money. As for their daughter, maybe they will save a copy of the article so that when she grows up, she can read it and realize how lucky she was to have been their firstborn.
Rachael M. Bliss
I fail to understand how Mrs. Barber could allow insemination by a stranger for eight months, then murder a child conceived with her husband. The statement "Children are so precious" is totally incongruous with her actions. I suppose her choice of snuffing out the life of a second "blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty" is an easier method of birth control than controlling her passion. I, too, am afraid for women and for America.
Of all the women you could have chosen, why did you choose Desirée Barber? This is a woman who clearly is not decided in anything. One month she is in a surrogate program, and the next she is in an abortion clinic. I feel you did a terrible disservice to the pro-choice cause by using her. She is not representative of the usual woman seeking this alternative.
It is people like Desirée Barber, who use abortion as a method of birth control and brag about it, who continue to fuel the fire of the antiabortion protesters. What I don't understand is her comment, "This is between me and God and my husband." Since when does God find out what is going on in the world by reading PEOPLE?
Before you send a Mother's Camp application to my dear wife, please hear my side of this story. Yes, I do recognize and respect my wife's demanding schedule as a mother and housewife. Yes, I was fishing with "the boys" for five days in Canada for a break from the 70-plus-hour, six-and sometimes seven-day weeks that my business demands. This to provide for and support my family. And yes, what my wife failed to mention was her 14 days of touring Europe with her mother while I gladly took over her mom responsibilities because I felt she needed a break.