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UPDATED 11/09/1998 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/09/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

Courteney Cox Arquette
I just wanted to say thanks for your cover story on Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette's engagement. It's nice to see talented stars finding happiness with something other than fame and fortune, and Courteney and David deserve all the happiness in the world.
Nicole Blakely, Bennington, Vt.

Wow! Courteney Cox Arquette engaged! Really slow news week, huh?
Heidi Shelton, Brookfield, Wis.

Courteney Cox Arquette's engagement makes the cover of PEOPLE? Big yawn! And putting the word "engaged" in inch-high, bright yellow letters and adding the exclamation point doesn't make it any more exciting.
Ellen Weiner, Mesa, Ariz.

When will you realize that you have readers over 30? You always seem to barely mention class acts like Roddy McDowall, but spend pages on the flavor of the month and his/her latest squeeze. Save it for TEEN PEOPLE!
Donna Frickey, Elizabeth, Colo.

Six pages for Courteney Cox Arquette and only one for Gene Autry and two for Roddy McDowall? Let's see some respect for the legends who leave us with something to remember. By comparison, Courteney Cox Arquette has not done anything yet that will last in the annals of Hollywood. (On the other hand, great article on Soupy Sales! He still makes me laugh.)
Carol Tester, West Bloomfield, Mich.

I am so used to seeing Princess Di smeared over your cover I was shocked to find the worst picture ever of Courteney Cox Arquette. She is a much prettier woman and deserves a better shot for her engagement announcement.
A.V. Miller, Thiells, N.Y.

We think Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette make a great couple! They look happy and sexy together.
Danielle Sefcik and Danielle Osborne, Cleveland

Roddy McDowall
Thank you for a classy send-off for a very classy man. In this day and age, when gossip and backbiting are so sadly commonplace, this decent, intensely private man kept the lives of his famous friends so closely guarded. Just imagine the stories he might have told! Thank you, Roddy, for not telling. Yes, Hollywood will miss him. So will the world.
Kathy Walsh, Fort Knox, Ky.

I finished reading your article on Roddy McDowall and am deeply disappointed. How could you give so few lines to a man who spent 62 years of his life before the camera? He was not just a screen legend and respected photographer, he was a warm and kind gentleman in a town and profession not known for such qualities. Couldn't you find a few pages more to properly celebrate the life of this dear man?
Carla Froedge, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Gene Autry
Thank you for paying tribute to Gene Autry. As a child growing up in the '60s, I played the Gene Autry Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer record so much my mother would hide it from me. For some odd reason my family only wanted to hear that record during the Christmas season.
Renee Betzelos, Glenview, Ill.

I was amazed that you gave such a lame tribute to Gene Autry. This man was an American legend! Then I see a full six-page coverage of Courteney Cox Arquette's engagement. I can't believe you feel the engagement of a mediocre star is so newsworthy. Your magazine is slowly becoming just another sleazy tabloid printed on shiny paper.
Cynthia Cito, Santa Clarita, Calif.

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque
Best wishes to these newlyweds! I'm just awaiting the day when a male celebrity marries someone other than a swimsuit or Playboy model. How can today's average woman feel good about herself? The media constantly bombard us with images of the stars' gorgeous trophy wives.
Aprile Stewart, Meredith, N.H.

My aching heart—Matt Lauer got married! As a happily married young mother of two, I have become smitten with this genuine, handsome man. I can't manage to get out of bed for 3 a.m. feedings, but outta my way at 7 a.m.! One thing is for sure: These two are going to make some beautiful children.
Anne Hachtman, Houston

When did it become correct etiquette to wear black to a wedding? Since most people think black is chic and slimming, it has become more and more common to wear it to festive occasions regardless of the time of day. Personally, I think the guests look as if they're attending a funeral.
Carol Bradford, Philadelphia

Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer
Please, please, please stop telling me I'm fat! I've had it with all the phallocentric culture vultures trying to squeeze me into their idea of what a human female should look like. I'm 5'9", 180 lbs., and I have (gasp) hips and breasts (a very common thing among women)! Quite frankly, I don't care what you print or how many times you cluck your tongues and shake your fingers at me, I am not going to starve myself to death for the aesthetic pleasure of people who are, let's be honest, never going to lay eyes on me. Amy Pachla, Livonia, Mich.

Mailbag
I suppose it's just a coincidence that I read Cyndi Camp's letter condemning homosexuality on the same day that Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old college student from Wyoming, died after being savagely beaten for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. Sadly, it is the judgmental, intolerant and hate-filled attitudes of people like Ms. Camp that result in such brutal murders. She states that the world could benefit by paying more attention to the lessons of the Holy Bible, and I couldn't agree more. Let me suggest that Camp herself pay close attention to the sections of the Bible related to tolerance, acceptance, love for your neighbor, eschewing judgment and not casting stones.
J.P. Burk, Gainesville, Fla.

I grew up with two married heterosexual parents. When I was 14 my father raped me in my bedroom. My mother, though she did the right thing and divorced my father, later came to resent my presence. She physically and mentally abused me until I left my house, never to return, at 18. Is this the type of union that Cyndi Camp considers biblical? If, as a baby, I could have spoken to God, I would have asked—no, begged—him to give me two loving homosexual parents rather than the pair I was saddled with.
Name Withheld

I think it is a sad case when a woman would write to a magazine, declare homosexuality "wrong" and basically refuse gays the right to have their strong commitments to each other recognized. Does this woman think a person would make a conscious decision to put themselves through hell by choosing to be gay? I think not. People are born gay—it's not an acquired trait! Cyndi Camp should be ashamed to sign her name to such an absurd statement!
Bronwyn Justine Coffey, Yakima, Wash.

What exactly is wrong with loving another human being and choosing to commit to that person for the rest of your life? I am sick to death of the Bible-pounders of this country standing on soapboxes and passing judgment on everybody. I don't go to church, and I'm homosexual, but I feel I'm nearer to God than these people, because I love and accept everyone for what they are. We are all God's children. Stop hiding behind religion and using it as an excuse to justify bigotry and hatred.
Keith Englert, Williamsport, Pa.

Scoop
I have been a Morgan Fairchild fan for many years and think she would have been great in her own comedy series. However, you need to check your sources more closely. It was Priscilla Presley who played the role of Jenna Wade on Dallas, not Morgan. (Do I get a free subscription for finding this blooper?)
Frank Draschner, Livermore, Calif.

Sorry. Morgan was the original Jenna Wade, but she was replaced by Priscilla Presley who, in turn, was replaced by Francine Tucker.
—ED.

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