I have always admired Julia for her down-to-earth ways and have enjoyed her work. But I am starting to lose some of that admiration. Just how much money does she need, and is that what is going to make her happy in the long run? She has a gorgeous guy, someone who wants a family and wants to spend more time with her, and all she is concerned about is her career? Those people in Hollywood just don't get it, do they? I hope that Oscar keeps her warm at night.
Melanie Parham, Fort Worth
I wonder if Julia Roberts
is aware that she will not always be youthful and that a man of quality such as Benjamin Bratt doesn't come along often. There will always be a supply of party boys at her fingertips. She will end up a lonely woman looking back on what she had. Just look at the past beauties of Hollywood who have died alone and used up.
Suanne Richardson, Calgary, Alta.
Poor Julia. She's had to deal with the classic conflict of the successful woman. At age 33, she has, by Hollywood's standards and nature's decree, probably another 7 to 12 years left to cash in on being the Pretty Woman
that the public adores and pays to see. Benjamin Bratt can play character roles until he's 85. Bravo, Julia, for taking care of yourself! Every woman has to.
Jeane Crowder, Birmingham, Ala.
Ben will never be the megastar that Julia is, and try as he might, he will always be in her shadow. He should get himself a nice little gal to stay at home, bake some cookies and have his babies. As for Julia, it seems that there is a price to pay for all the millions she demands. You can't have it all!
Janell Johnson, Knoxville, Term.
Now the only question is who will give Benjamin Bratt what he wants and deserves. The line forms to the left, ladies!
Janis Anderson, Stayton, Ore.
Wow! America's sweethearts go bust. What a shame! I was really rootin' for them. I thought love conquers all. Oh well, he's probably better off without her.
David Vigé, Chicago
Your tribute to Jack Lemmon was well done but fell short when you did not honor him with a cover. Again, as with many other deserving actors and actresses who have passed away, you chose a flavor-of-the-month star just to sell magazines. Thank you, Mr. Lemmon, for the laughter you brought to the screen. In my mind, your face will always be the cover.
Linda Townsend, via e-mail
I would like to return to the days when a star of Jack Lemmon's magnitude was given a full cover-story tribute. There are very few true movie stars of real talent left today. Why not honor those who have provided us with so much entertainment and joy?
Joan Scoggins, Seattle
As a student at UCLA in the early '80s, I heard many famous personalities speak on campus. Yet none impressed me more than Jack Lemmon. Mr. Lemmon, in house slippers and comfortable cardigan, sat on the edge of the small stage as if gathering with family in his den. He was as warm, generous and humble as a person of his accomplishments could be. I will always treasure the memory.
Alison Shurtleff, Benicia, Calif.
is worth $800 million, has million-dollar homes, is 47 but not yet married and has no children. But she thinks she is Everywoman? I think not! After all these years, she should put the blame for her weight where it really belongs, on the hand that feeds her. She should quit trying to reinvent herself and stop preaching to others. I'll go to church for spiritual guidance and my husband and children for inspiration, thank you very much.
Zona Phillips, Inverness, Fla.
I have worked as a counselor and therapist for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and at an in-patient psychiatric facility for emotionally disturbed adolescents. I would like to point out that all charges of sexual abuse are not true simply because children make the allegations. This is not uncommon behavior for kids who have been abused and are emotionally scarred. I don't know what Paula Poundstone did or didn't do. But many people believe that kids don't make allegations like these unless they are true. In reality it's not that simple.
Barbara Kuti, Trenton
What on earth is wrong with Paula Poundstone's hands? The picture shows that they are all bruised and raw. I wonder if this has anything to do with why she was arrested.
Lucy Keiderling, St. Petersburg, Fla.