You came out with the most entertaining issue I've seen in a long time. In a town where you're judged on your beauty, these women know what they have to do to stay in the business.
Jillian Vasquez, Killeen, Texas
Honesty is so refreshing, especially coming from a celebrity. I have two words for Jamie Lee Curtis: You rock!
Joyce Catron, Auburn, Ill.
Bravo to Jamie Lee Curtis and Patricia Heaton. They are not only self-assured enough to speak out about what they have done and why, but they also encourage the rest of us not to compare ourselves to them. They let us know they're human, and without the help of all the hair, makeup and clothing stylists they're just like you and me. They are my new idols, and I applaud them for telling it like it is.
Joan Buscher, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
I'm not at all a purist about plastic surgery. If it makes you look and feel better, go for it. The biggest problem for some of these people seems to be getting it right. Roseanne Barr and Sharon Osbourne look wonderful. The nose jobs of Courtney Love, Tori Spelling and Jennifer Grey look really good. But the best examples of what not to do are Joan Rivers, Pamela Anderson and Melanie Griffith.
Medabeth Vaughn, Stockton, Calif.
Where were all the male stars in your article about plastic surgery? It doesn't seem fair to let the women take all the heat for the sake of vanity. Let's see some fair play.
Chris Randall, LaPorte, Ind.
A few months ago I had reconstructive surgery, and appreciate the fact that you have opened up this topic so greatly to People readers. It's a controversial issue, and you portrayed it very well.
Susan Smith, Danville, Calif.
Mel Gibson's new film, The Passion of the Christ, is not telling a new story about Christ and who is responsible for his death. It's history clearly recorded in the Bible. This is not fiction written to place blame. As long as Mel holds true to what is written in the Bible, how can anyone dispute the facts?
Tammy Anderson, Bend, Ore.
After the murder of 6 million Jews, the Jewish community in the United States and worldwide should be concerned about the message being sent by Mel Gibson's film. With his return to previous versions of the gospels, refuted by the Vatican, and his father's history of Holocaust denial, viewers should reject the message of this movie. This dangerous revision is an insult to the memory of the Holocaust and the good Christians who have tried to make amends for the ultimate crime of anti-Semitism.
Nelson Marans, Silver Spring, Md.
WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT
Kudos to Sean Astin for reaching out and helping complete strangers during the blackout. He was the only celebrity in your story who showed unselfishness during that time. Rosie O'Donnell used her powerboat to pick up pals and hang out at her house? Why couldn't she have used her boat to help out other fellow New Yorkers? It's a shame more celebrities don't use their fortunes to help out others in such times of need.
Shawn Lathrop, Honolulu, Hawaii
I was extremely disappointed with your article's reporting about Detroit. There were numerous heroic stories that occurred throughout this city, yet you chose instead to publish one of the rare negative incidents of looting. It's a shame PEOPLE didn't report a story that reflects how positively Detroit reacted as a whole.
Maureen McGowan, Shelby Township, Mich.
A CHILD'S LIFE
I was beyond disgusted after reading "Baby's a Star." These moms need to get a life of their own. Wendy Callaghan was quoted as saying, "Every father and mother is a stage parent, and if they're not, that means they're not involved with their kids." Being involved with your children is about loving them and helping them grow into mature, responsible adults. Let these little girls be children. I was sickened by the picture of the little girl who looked like a little 25-year-old adult. It made me want to puke.
Tammy Brumm, Saukville, Wis.