People Staff
July 13, 1998 12:00 PM

Hollywood’s Happy Couples

Is there anyone in this issue who has not been married two, three, four or even six times? I laugh when I read that most say this is the one. What about their previous marriages? I find it hard to believe they didn’t say the same thing each and every time after their first failed marriage.

Stephanie Oquist-Gunderson

Coconut Creek, Fla.

The most exciting thing about celebrity weddings is that we’ll get to see them do it all over again in a few years—with different attire, locations and, of course, different betrotheds.

D.D. Petersen, Fullerton, Calif.

Larry King (married six times), Kenny Rogers (five), Kelsey Grammer (three), David Carradine (four), William Shatner (three) and Rue McClanahan (five)—If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try and try again!

Jean Blazekovich, Lockport, Ill.

As wonderful as these weddings are, I liked the “Happily Ever After” section much better. It seems anyone can get married, but in today’s society (especially the fishbowl called Hollywood), it is an art to stay married.

Ann Murphy, Barre, Vt.

After reading your wedding issue, I have concluded that Vera Wang only made one wedding gown. It just keeps getting reincarnated on different brides.

Christine Bravo-Cullen, Dryden, N.Y.

I am completely disappointed that you did not include one same-sex couple. What about, for example, Ellen and Anne? Melissa and Julie? Or Elton and David?

Marlene I. Olshan, Philadelphia

How refreshing! It was such fun to read about the celebrities who can commit to a lasting relationship like “normal” people.

Julie Jones, Palatine, Ill.

Hitched in High Society

I was disappointed to read that the high-society wedding of Summer Tompkins cost such a ridiculous amount of money ($1 to $3 million). I guess being a middle-class American, I have a hard time understanding how the truly wealthy live. Spending lavishly on a wedding does not a marriage make. I’m truly happy with my husband of 23 years, and our wedding only cost a couple of hundred dollars!

Glenda Roberts, Reidsville, N.C.

Fifty-plus pages of other people’s wedding pictures. What are we being punished for?

Gloria Walsworth, DeForest, Wis.

Pledging Allegiance

Congrats to former Miss America Tara Dawn Holland for saving herself for marriage. It’s rare these days to hear about such high morals. I’m tired of your magazine acting surprised when a couple doesn’t live together before marriage. What’s wrong with being old-fashioned?

Anne Steinkamp, Bothell, Wash.

Weddings of the Year

She may be an iron maiden on television, but Lucy Lawless is a real gem in person. I was the bride whose wedding followed Lucy’s at Saint Monica Church. Not only did she make it a point to come over to say congratulations to me immediately after her ceremony, but her “mum” helped my bridesmaids and me scuff the soles of our new shoes. Lucy also arranged for her florist to leave the flowers in the church for our ceremony. I’d never seen so many beautiful roses in all my life. I felt like a princess! Rob Tapert is a lucky guy.

Lori Stacy, Irving, Texas

Star Tracks

Thank you for your photo of Steven Seagal and your mention that he visited Taiwan to protest the cruel treatment of stray dogs there. In Taiwan, thousands of strays are caught every year with wire lassos, then drowned, starved, electrocuted, poisoned, clubbed to death or buried alive. This fall the Taiwanese legislature will consider making it a crime to cause unnecessary suffering to dogs. Your readers can help get the bill passed by writing to President Lee Teng-Hui, 122 Chungking S. Road Sec.1, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

(or e-mail him at

Ingrid E. Newkirk, President, PETA

Norfolk, Va.

Al Corley

I always liked Al Corley on Dynasty. And as the parent of a child with a significant disability, I like him a lot more now that I know he treasures his disabled daughter Sophie as much as I do my own.

Dawn Roper, via e-mail

Al Corley and his wife, Jessika Cardinahl, deserve such respect and credit. I have spent more than five years working in the child-care field, caring for children and young adults whose parents were not willing to take on the added responsibility needed to raise a child with a disability. Too many parents toss their kids into state institutions. Most children need and deserve to be loved in a family, rather than someplace staffed with eight-hour-shift “parents.”

Jill Matz, Burbank

Picks & Pans

Why is everyone surprised that Anne Heche is believable as the romantic lead opposite Harrison Ford? Isn’t that what acting is all about? Acting is what makes us believe that Harrison Ford is a spaceship pilot hot for a princess rather than what he really is, a happily married man with kids. It is also what made us truly believe that Rock Hudson was in love with Doris Day.

M.A. Gray, Massena, N.Y.


Charlton Heston, the new president of the National Rifle Association, says Brynn Hartman could just as easily have used a knife to kill her husband and that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But I’ve yet to hear of anyone going into a school or a place of business and killing multiple people with a knife. Nor does my daily newspaper make any mention of drive-by knifings. People do kill people, but guns make it a whole lot easier.

Linda Atkins, San Francisco

I can assure Charlton Heston that 200 years ago the creators of the Constitution never imagined that irresponsible adults would allow children access to firearms with the intent of killing fellow students within the safe haven of a school.

Rhonda Ericksen, Bartlett, Ill.

Common sense was obviously not a requirement for Charlton Heston’s new post.

Barbara Sauve, Kanata, Ont.


I find it hard to believe that when Gail O’Grady gets pulled over in Chicago she wraps $30 around her license, hands it to the police officer and gets out of a ticket. But when she tries this in Beverly Hills, it does not work. If she is so stupid as to try and bribe a cop with a measly $30, the land of fruits and nuts can keep her.

Michelle Tidwell, Villa Park, Ill.

I totally disapprove of your featuring movie stars bragging about how they routinely break the law. As an educator, I am constantly working on teaching children to follow the rules, to respect other people’s rights, to be good citizens. Maybe people do break the law, and maybe they do brag. But in your magazine? In a glorified manner?

Margaret McGinty, Ford River, Mich.

I am 17, and I just got my first speeding ticket for failing to realize I was in a school zone. It was very traumatic. I’m dismayed to read that people who knowingly disobey the traffic laws get off simply because they are celebrities. They share the roads with the rest of us. Why shouldn’t they share the responsibilities of driving safely or paying fines if they break the law?

Meghan Whitmore, Houston

For Gail O’Grady’s information, bribery is a crime in Chicago too.

Louise W. Balzuweit, Channahon, Ill.


Let me get this straight. Alden Murray rear-ended an SUV with his Mercedes and is complaining about the damage to his car while the SUV sustained no damage. Mr. Murray should watch where he is going. I drive my SUV to avoid people who may rear-end my vehicle while I am transporting my children.

Pam Cipolla, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Enough talk about downgrading SUVs. Upgrade the other cars. Keep SUVs on the road, and take dangerous, careless drivers off the road!

Barbara Abel, Rancho Cordova, Calif.

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