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updated 08/25/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/2003 01:00AM

LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
I absolutely love Angelina Jolie. She's so beautiful and talented. There's so much to say about her that I'm at a loss for words. She should be on your cover every week.
Ashley Ingram, Albuquerque, N.Mex.

Despite the media's obsession with her wild past, Angelina Jolie manages to portray herself with poise. Unlike most celebrities who use their voice for whining and self-promotion, this actress utilizes it as a forum for much more important topics. She talks about adoption, and her duties as a U.N. goodwill ambassador illustrate her commitment to the less fortunate. She is an example of what good celebrities can do.
Alexandra DiSclafani, Sarasota, Fla.

My husband and I also adopted internationally last year, and our son is the light of our lives. It's so refreshing to know there are celebrities out there who care more about orphaned children than bling-bling. Angelina has a good heart, and Maddox has a good mommy.
Michelle Kendrick, Shelbyville, Ind.

Let me understand this: Jolie can grapple with an eating disorder, suffer from insomnia and have an admitted self-mutilation problem and adopt a child. But regular people are rejected from the adoption process because of age, financial status or past mental or physical problems. That woman scares me and allowing her to adopt was just wrong.
Kellie Steen Reed, St. Louis, Mo.

Seems Angelina Jolie is happier than ever. As for Billy Bob Thornton and her father, Jon Voight, two less men to worry about.
Ilene Huffman, Dayton, Ohio

I'm so happy for Angelina Jolie! She's finally found happiness with what really matters—helping others and being a mom to her beautiful son Maddox.
Sandy Carroll, Virginia Beach, Va.

FULL-COURT PRESS
I don't believe for one second that Kobe Bryant sexually assaulted that woman. I believe he did make a mistake with her, but I don't believe he forced her. Kobe is young and he's entitled to make a few mistakes in his lifetime. He has tons of support from his fans here in L.A.
Saleama McGee, Altadena, Calif.

Vanessa, take the ring, money, your daughter and run far, far away.
Louise Munoz, Littleton, Colo.

How very sad that Vanessa was so thrilled over being presented with a $4 million ring from the husband who insulted her by committing adultery and initially lying about it. Is this a good example for youngsters on how to seek forgiveness?
Joan Murray, Sun City, Calif.

I've always been a Lakers fan and Kobe's No. 1 fan. He has broken my heart along with others who love him. I hope that he will be proven innocent.
Kim Clayton, Jonesboro, Ark.

SONGSTRESS SUPREME
Gracias! The wonderful tribute you published for Celia Cruz truly showed that she transcended frontiers. I am a child of Cuban exiles and grew up listening to Celia's music and could relate to the pain she felt leaving her country behind. And although Celia was an enormous star, she also took time to appreciate everyone around her. Celia's shoes will never be filled, but her legacy will remain.
Lorena M. Lama, Miami, Fla.

MONEY CHANGER
Please do not confuse J.Lo's memory of her humble beginnings with anything more than it really is. For Jennifer Lopez to replace a $5,000 chip given to those Las Vegas dealers by Ben Affleck with three $100 chips is just plain cheap, tacky, tasteless and a really rotten way to treat anyone.
Sherry Frohlich, Cheverly, Md.

RUNNING ON EMPTY
As a doctor as well as a survivor of anorexia, I take offense at your picture of Lara Flynn Boyle on the beach and mention of her being "super slim." It is quite obvious this is not slim, this is sickly. My advice is for her to seek help immediately as anorexia claims far too many lives each year.
Lynn Hutchinson
Hernando Beach, Fla.

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