updated 12/22/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/22/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Like many, I was delighted to see Johnny Depp chosen as the Sexiest Man Alive. He's not only incredibly handsome but charismatic and a devoted father. At 40, he's like a fine wine that only gets better with age.
Lucy Wilcha
Stroudsburg, Pa.

A 40-year-old actor who causes heart palpitations in a fortysomething mother as well as her daughters definitely deserves the title of Sexiest Man. I just settled an argument between my girls, 16 and 12, over who gets to keep this year's issue. Looks like I'll have to buy two more copies.
Judy Dunlevy
Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.

Thanks, PEOPLE magazine, for my Christmas gift this year: Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and George Clooney. A woman couldn't ask for anything more.
Maria Dent
Chicago, Ill.

A big woo-hoo for including Clay Aiken. PEOPLE had the courage to admit that a wholesome, freckle-faced boy-next-door can be hot. Geeky and squeaky clean, Clay is definitely here to stay, reminding the world once again that it's hip to be square.
Beth Werrell
Finksburg, Md.

Help! My issue has come to me printed backwards. Colin Firth ended up on the last page and I'm certain he was meant to be on the cover. Please fix.
Kit Shemas
Sylvania, Ohio

Forget Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake—I'd be more excited to see Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Take the boys and bring on the real men.
Christine O'Brien
Munster, Ind.

How could you leave out Ben Affleck? I guess my dreams will have to suffice.
Kelly Stanley
Schenectady, N.Y.

Are you people crazy? Why would you choose as Sexiest Man an American who's anti-American, except when it comes to American dollars? Depp has criticized the United States and its citizens. Your judges must either be French or smoking the good stuff.
Patti Moore
Brunswick, Ohio

Bravo! You've transcended surface beauty to select Johnny Depp as the Sexiest Man Alive! His childlike rebel spirit, deliberate character, beauty and poise make a woman's knees weak!
Joanne Cacciatore
Phoenix, Ariz.

In practically every picture, Paris Hilton, known for her wild partying and missing undergarments, is wearing next to nothing. Now she's embarrassed about a sex video she was a willing participant in? What a brat.
Mari-Katherine O'Ferrall
Richmond, Va.

Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and others addressing health issues such as anorexia through public service ads is commendable. However, all one needs to do is look at Nicole's back in your Star Tracks section to realize she may not have addressed this problem herself.
Denise Kilfoyle
Santa Clarita, Calif.

Beyoncé is certainly making a statement in her furry fashions, but probably not the one she's hoping for. No compassionately correct person would be caught dead wearing the dead today.
Patricia Moore
Winchester, Va.

Spoiled, potty-mouthed Kelly Osbourne calling Christina Aguilera "disgusting" is the pot calling the kettle black. The only difference between the two is Christina can actually sing!
Nancy Durbin
Hershey, Pa.

It's astonishing your reviewer gave two-and-a-half stars to the new Britney Spears CD. Yet someone with real talent, namely Josh Groban, gets only two stars and a review that isn't worth the paper it's written on. Perhaps this reviewer should begin listening to great singers who will be here long after Britney is only a vague memory.
Carole V. Alfano
Branford, Conn.

You've profiled a weight-loss story that deserves applause. Wayne Knight faced his food addiction and dedicated himself to learning how to eat in a healthy way. He took charge of his life without undergoing the knife!
Jennifer Klein
Woburn, Mass.

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