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updated 04/05/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/2004 01:00AM

OSCAR POWER
This was by far your best Oscar issue ever. I'm one who starts watching the coverage at noon. Friends and family know not to call me, since I'm an awards-show junkie! Thanks for fulfilling my thirst for Oscar knowledge.
Jill Pinheiro
Birmingham, Ala.

"Confessions of a Red-Carpet Widow" was one of the best articles I've read in PEOPLE magazine. Gigi Levangie Grazer's writing put me in the middle of the Oscar action, and now I want to be her best friend.
Lu Sadler
Vinton, Va.

It was a breath of fresh air to read the feature by Gigi Levangie Grazer. I've often wondered what it's like to be on the arm of a celebrity. Mrs. Grazer really puts the whole thing in perspective. What a wonderful sense of humor she has, and I'm still laughing at the visual picture she paints. In my book she's not a "nobody." She represents everybody.
Linda Reilly
Dagsboro, Del.

I enjoyed Johnny Depp and his love, Vanessa Paradis, looking like something out of the Victorian era. Very gothic and very together. When so many women these days put on a sheer curtain that reveals all and say ta-da, it's nice to have stars dress more conservatively. They looked awesome.
Dorothy Larsen
Susanville, Calif.

Thank you for the amazing story about the amazing Joan Rivers and her amazing red-carpet highlights. It's amazing that she doesn't know much about the amazing people she's interviewing. And as funny as she is, I think it's amazing she still has a job.
Lisa Davis
Willoughby, Ohio

I liked your Oscar issue, although this year I have to express displeasure with one detail—the gown galley. Where was Sofia Coppola? There was only one small picture of her in your coverage. Not only did she win an Academy Award, but she was the first American woman to be nominated for Best Director. In my eyes that makes her most deserving to be displayed next to Hollywood's glamorous women.
Morgan Korn
Glen Rock, N.J.

I was shocked at your article "Last-Minute Diet Secrets." What kind of message are we sending women when we tell them that the celebrities they look up to take laxatives, drink tons of coffee and starve themselves to look good? Is it okay because it's for the Academy Awards? As a mother of two daughters, who also read your magazine, I think it's irresponsible to glamorize these symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and laxative abuse, and shame on the celebrities who brag about it.
Sue Victor
Plainview, N.Y.

I was smack dab in the middle of your Oscar issue but had to stop reluctantly to e-mail you how much I love the pictures of the dresses and jewelry. You totally outdid yourself!
Stephanie Zanter
Scottsdale, Ariz.

ROSIE'S SHOTGUN WEDDING
What better reason to get married than to protest against the President? To hell with romance and respect for your spouse. Rosie, grow up. You're no longer setting a good example of anything. What has happened to you?
Margie Whitson
Taunton, Mass.

This photo-op marriage highlights a desire to inject venom into anything connected to Rosie's life. Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell would be well-advised to purchase a snakebite kit.
Raymond E. Root
Wellsboro, Pa.

EASY COME, EASY GO
Those people featured in "The High Cost of Winning" have no one to blame for their blown lottery wins but themselves. Winning has all the potential to be a good thing, provided you make smart decisions. Carrying around $545,000 to a strip club or buying 400 pairs of the same pants are two of the stupidest things I ever heard of.
Scot Rademacher
Cary, N.C.

FALL GUY
After asking for a ring from the very sweet Matthew Hickl, Bachelorette Meredith Phillips dumps him on TV for the free-spirited Ian McKee, who never opened up to her. Maybe the real winner is Matthew. I'm betting there'll be a long line of women headed to his hometown in Texas to scoop up this fantastic catch.
Missy Trotter
Fairfield, Ohio

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