People Staff
May 02, 1994 12:00 PM

Drew Barrymore‘s quickie middle-of-the-night wedding (PEOPLE, April 11) left readers dubious rather than mistyeyed. Most predict the pair will go the way of Shannen Doherty and her soon-to-be ex, Ashley Hamilton.

Spontaneous weddings seem to be the thing to do in Hollywood these days. First Julia and Lyle, then Shannen and Ashley, now Drew and Jeremy. My initial reaction was skepticism. After all, how can you build the foundation of a lifelong commitment in four to six weeks? Then the romantic in me surfaced, and I envied these new couples their passion and ability to act on it. But after reading Drew’s quote—”I think that was the last talking we did that night”—which described the night they met, I realized my first reaction was correct.


How sad that Drew Barrymore would work so hard to recover from her drug and alcohol addictions and then give it up for a sip of champagne. Drew, if you can’t gel through the excitement of your wedding day without a drink, keep it to yourself and try to respect the millions of other young people struggling with this disease one day at a time. When Barrymore defensively explained that she “has never been more in control of my life than I am now,” the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.


According to minister-psychic-private detective Patricia Vander Weken, who married them, “Drew and Jeremy will be together for many life-limes in addition lo this one.” I am neither a minister nor a psychic, but here’s my bet on how long this marriage will last—less than one year!

CHARLES M. STONE, Plant City, Fla.


The Whitewater investigation is not a right-wing or Republican vendetta against Ms. Clinton’s health-care plan. Rather, it is a concentrated effort pursued by reliable journalists for full disclosure of possible unethical or unlawful conduct. Had this been done promptly by the White House, it might all be over. However, ail inquiries were met with denial or stonewalling. Moreover, huge profits in the commodities market and speculative real-estate investments do not suggest indifference to financial success. Which is it, Clintonians—the “politics of meaning” or greed and selfishness?

JUDITH GEDDES, Palm Beach, Fla.

Poor Mrs. Clinton. Like so many feminists, she wants to be treated equally and have all the power and influence of men, but still wants to be treated with the kid-glove gentility that was accorded her unliberaled sisters of earlier days. Every time anyone gets close to asking about the unethical conduct she appears to have engaged in, they are accused of being afraid of powerful women or of being against her because she is a woman. Nonsense.


Meadow Vista, Calif.

Did Hillary consult her Bible before she made her stunning, improbable gain in the commodities market? Please, spare us this woman’s sanctimonious drivel. You don’t have to shamelessly promote her. Besides, if her political fortunes turn, she can always open a brokerage firm with Mother Teresa.

MARY JO REYNOLDS, Glendale, Calif.


As the mother of a teenage son battling cancer and its aftereffects, I was delighted that Ian O’Gorman’s friends gave him such from-the-heart support. I have, however, seen too many truly beautiful bald-headed girls in too many hospital visits to appreciate the comment, “I don’t think Ian would have wanted to be followed around by a bunch of bald girls.”


Englewood, Colo.


My heart goes out to the family of Amy Federici, but I rejoice with them in the comfort of knowing that her organs have helped others lead productive lives. I applaud the hospital personnel who gave them that gift of knowledge. My son was killed on May 6, 1983. I made the painful decision to remove the life-support systems in the hospital. Then I made an easier choice—to donate Greg’s organs. Not being told who received them, however, I have wondered for 11 years if my decision really helped.

JO NEAL, San Angela, Texas

Amy Federici’s family made a generous decision in the face of a personal tragedy when they agreed to donate Amy’s organs. The decision was almost easy, they said, because they knew this is what Amy would have wanted. The decision is far more difficult for thousands of families each year who must decide whether to donate a loved one’s organs without knowing his or her wishes. Family consent—not a signed donor card—is required for organ donations to take place. A simple, clear discussion with your family about organ donation could ease the burden of this very personal decision during a crisis situation—and could have lifesaving consequences for the 33,000 Americans currently awaiting a transplant.


The Partnership for Organ Donation Boston

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