Living well may indeed be the best revenge, as our cover story on stars and their homes suggested. Readers who joined our Hollywood House Tours (PEOPLE, April 21) seemed to enjoy the excursion into the kitchens and playrooms where Jane Seymour, Mel Harris, Mary Tyler Moore and others retreat at day’s end. Not surprisingly, a few thought that Hollywood’s big earners live a bit too well and resented their celebrity perks—like the free toys sent to talk show host Rosie O’Donnell. Those readers took their own revenge, by writing us a letter.
AT HOME WITH THE STARS
Well, golly, at first it was fun seeing all of Rosie O’Donnell‘s McDonald’s Happy Meal toys until I read that McD’s sends her toys as soon as they’re released and sent Rosie the whole set of 101 Dalmatians. That set. cost me $117.95—did Rosie pay for hers? I like Rosie, but us plain folk are collectors too, and I want to know where I sign up for the McDonald’s preferred list.
KELLY MARIE BRADY, Pendleton, Ore.
It’s nice to know that Mary Tyler Moore is not ashamed of slumming by shopping at Pier 1. I think it’s safe to say she won’t be their next spokeswoman.
LAURA E. RENTON, Tampa
Thanks so much for your article on Jane Seymour, her home and family. She is one of my favorite actresses and very warm and genuine in person. I enjoyed seeing where she lives and raises her children.
MARY RATH, Whittier, Calif.
Why, Jane Seymour lives just as we do! I like to lounge in bed watching my TV—which rises from a trunk by remote control just like Jane’s—while my sister practices her putting skills on our private golf course. We also like to invite friends over to enjoy our basketball and tennis courts, pool, man-made ponds, backyard beach and Rollerblade path. As I read the article, I was astonished to find so many similarities between Jane and myself!
LAUREN and AMY RANKIN, via e-mail
I am 13 years old and would like to commend you on your wonderful article on teen bedrooms. I’m going to spend this week redecorating my bedroom!
JENNIFER YESSIN, Centerville, Mass.
C’mon, PEOPLE. Since when is a single snapshot of Charles Shaughnessy talking on the phone in his bathroom or Jeff Foxworthy sitting in his garage considered a Hollywood House Tour? And adding insult to injury, you called this a special double issue and charged an extra buck for it. Give us a break. If you call it special, how about making it special?
CHERIE REESE, Cairo, Neb.
I would like to thank PEOPLE for running Loras Goedken’s story. I am also a survivor of a hemophiliac family who lost many members to AIDS. My father was born into a family of seven (four boys, three girls); three of the boys were born with hemophilia and became infected with HIV because of Factor 8 transfusions. Since that time they have passed away. I now realize that I am not the only one suffering from such losses.
AIMEE DRIGGS, Grass Valley, Calif.
Having met Allen Ginsberg as a college sophomore, I was immediately attracted to a man who was brutally honest and fantastically gifted. Your tribute falls short in not mentioning the hundreds of trips he made to universities like mine, speaking to students and writers and encouraging them to live with their eyes wide open and a pen in each hand. He was the caterpillar perched on the toadstool, smoking from his hookah and shouting advice to the Alices that wandered near enough. I will miss him and will remember his advice to me, a young writer, forever: Get it down, girl. Get it all down and write as fast as you can.
L. DRU JONES, Hollywood
After months of listening to the controversy over the buffalo in Yellowstone Park, I thought it was time to speak up for residents of Gardiner, Mont. I grew up there in the ’60s. No one realizes the danger residents of Gardiner are in, with the buffalo roaming the streets, as indicated by your photos. When I was in grade school we didn’t have recess many days because buffalo and elk were lounging on the football field. These animals are not tame. “Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone”—no way! A buffalo can charge at the drop of a hat and make you into a hood ornament. You don’t have to provoke them to spur an attack, as many people believe. The area a buffalo roams is his domain, and he’ll protect it to the hilt.
CRYSTAL HENKEL BERRYMAN