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On (he whole, correspondents were pleased to learn that Lisa Marie Presley (PEOPLE, Mar. 1) is happy in her life as wife, mother and heiress, hut why, I hey asked, doesn’t she turn in that Presley pout for a smile?


Just as her mother, Priscilla, has done, Lisa Marie seems to be working to establish her own identity as an individual and not to he only “Elvis’s daughter.” She is the epitome of beauty, strength and class, just like her parents. Her dad would he very proud.

TINA SAMPSON, Loudon, Trim.

She may have inherited his $100 million estate, hut she sure didn’t inherit his smile. And if it is true that the eyes are the windows of the soul, then Lisa Marie must he the saddest little rich girl in the world.

EVAN CUMMINGS, Burbank, Calif.

How refreshing! An heiress worth $100 million from a broken home with a drug-addicted, idolized father, who has turned out to be an average twentysomething while and mother with career goals. A real ’90s woman. By allowing her mother and Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. to control her inheritance, Lisa Marie has shown maturity greater than her years. Maybe she can befriend Athina Onassis when she comes of age.


I couldn’t wait to read your article on Lisa Marie Presley but was shocked and surprised at what a sullen little snoot she appears to be in her pictures. For someone who claims to have nothing missing in her life, she sure doesn’t possess a happy aura.

J. BRITI PARKER, Fort Washington, Md.

Lisa Marie may be the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, but for my money she looks a lot more like the offspring of Robert Mitchum and Elvira.

JACK DEMATTOS, North Attleboro, Mass.


After reading Jamie Harges’s comment about the incompatibility of being a feminist and a housewife, I feel compelled to say: It was feminism that drove me to travel solo through Europe several times in the ’70s, to spend years investigating child neglect and abuse as a social worker and, yes, finally to choose to stay home and raise my children. Feminism, the way I see it, allows women hi make choice-and to respect other women for the choices they make.

CAROLYN LEE, Worthington, Ohio

As the mother of three sons, two of whom are 13-year-old twins, I can tell you I am very weary of male-bashing. I can slate with certainly that adolescence is just as confusing and tough for boys as it is for girls. Phil Donahue and Alan Alda aside, the reality is that men who are sensitive are viewed by much of the world as weak. Why not conduct a study to discover ways in which we may help all of our children through this difficult transition period? Let’s not divide the sexes any further.



Thank you, Eric, for all the wars of your amazing music and for your Inspiration! Despite your losses, you have managed to carry on and show us how life can be enjoyed but not taken for granted.

SUE LICKTEIG, Kansas City, Mo.

Along with millions of other fans, I sympathize greatly with Eric Clapton’s tragic loss of his son, Conor. It is understandable that he, as the more visible of Conor’s parents, would receive the most attention from the media. But I have read virtually nothing about Conor’s mother, Lori Del Santo, and how she is coping. I would like her to know that I understand she has suffered the greatest loss a woman can suffer. I hope that she too has the benefit of the kind of support she needs.

A.J. SHELBURNE, Wellfleet, Mass.


I beg to differ with Naomi Judd’s assertion that Rio Diablo is her “first acting job ever.” I remember her having a bit part in a television movie about the life of Hank Williams Jr.

DIANNE J. WARREN, Strongsville, Ohio

You and at least a dozen other readers remember Naomi’s real acting debut in 1983 ‘s Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story. Unfortunately, Naomi didn’t.—E.D.