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Friends’ Friends

Kudos for the great job showing the chemistry that the Friends cast displays so well. I believe that’s the reason—or at least part of the reason—the show is so funny. That chemistry in real life shows through on the program.

Sarah Barski, Broadview Heights, Ohio

Friends is my escape! How I long to be slender, beautiful, always wearing the trendiest clothes, sitting in a Manhattan coffeehouse whiling the hours away with my friends and always having a smart comeback for everything that’s said to me. Thank you for your fun, lighthearted article about the actors who make their world at Central Perk seem real every Thursday evening.

Cynthia Diaz-Donovan Phillips Ranch, Calif.

How wonderful that you were finally able to write a story based on true friendship in a not-so-friendly kind of business.

Noreen G. Neary, Dunmore, Pa.

Debi Faris

Your story on Debi Faris and her work with abandoned dead babies left me reeling. As a mother and a human being, it is beyond my understanding how any woman can go though labor in a toilet and leave her baby there to die. What kind of women are these? In this day and age, when so many alternatives are available, why do they go through pregnancy? Debi Faris grieves for these babies as if they were her own. After reading about her and her work, I grieve along with her.

Rita Staniforth, Toronto

This article broke my heart. As the mother of a beautiful newborn, just thinking about a 2-week-old baby trying to crawl to the top of a garbage can to survive brought me to tears. What is wrong with our society that we do not value and cherish our children but throw them away? As a mother, I thank Debi Faris and bless her for what she is doing.

Stacie Eastman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

While the stark reason for Mrs. Faris’s intervention is horrifying, I am heartened that Debi and her helpers love enough to tenderly care for our society’s tiniest victims. Perhaps readers everywhere will look into this matter within their own communities, and in the future no baby’s ashes will ever end up unclaimed on a warehouse shelf.

Denise Bouvier, Edmonton, Alta.

This article truly defined what PEOPLE is all about. Debi Faris, while neither an actress nor a celebrity, stands in the spotlight of humanity. What an inspiration it is to know that such a person exists and has the power to touch the lives of so many. For anyone who believes there are no such things as angels, they should simply pull out the Jan. 24 issue again and they will read about a very special one.

Cynthia Taylor, Hickory, N.C.

Could you tell me where to send a donation to help Debi Faris’s unselfish cause?

Marcia Dreiss, San Antonio

For information or to make a donation, write to: Garden of Angels, P.O. Box 1776, Yucaipa, Calif. 92399—ED.

Rosie O’Donnell
Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if real people could adopt children as easily and quickly as the rich and famous can? I guess if you’re a celebrity it automatically qualifies you as being more deserving of a child than the rest of the world. Three healthy infants in four years? Not for any of the heartbroken, still-childless people I know.

Amanda G. Yocum, Lewes, Del.

Thousands of married couples longing to be parents of an American baby are told the wait could be up to 10 years. As a result, many of them have turned to foreign adoptions to realize their dream. Yet Rosie O’Donnell—an unmarried woman—can use her celebrity status and wealth to adopt a baby in the U.S. every two years. What’s wrong with this picture?

Dana Carpenter, Charlotte, N.C.

Yet again Rosie adopts a healthy Caucasian infant. I guess any single, wealthy individual can buy a baby for the right price. The only way Rosie could impress me is if she adopted a child that would have problems finding a home.

Julie Dail, Fort Richardson, Ark.

I think it is wonderful that Rosie O’Donnell has adopted another baby. She is an outstanding woman in my opinion. She makes me strive to be a better mother, neighbor and citizen. I say if she wants five children, go for it!

Jeanne Justman, San Jose, Calif.

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones
Another old goat like Woody Allen, Tony Randall and Larry King trying to recapture his youth! Do they truly think it’s their fascinating personalities that attract these beautiful women? I hope Catherine leaves him one day for someone younger than her!

Lia Chasen, East Norwich, N.Y.

It is not old-fashioned to wait until you have legally divorced your present wife to announce publicly your engagement to your girlfriend. It would be tasteful, correct and a sign of good manners and character. Maybe when Ms. Zeta-Jones divorces a very old Mr. Douglas in 10 years or so, she will exercise good manners in the proceedings.

Carol Rist, Knoxville, Tenn.

Best wishes to Michael and Catherine. You guys make a great couple. My husband and I are 10 years apart in age, and people said we wouldn’t last a year. Well, we’ve been married 12 years and have three handsome boys. Good luck—and prove those people wrong.

Wendy Maugeri, Ojai, Calif.

Rae Carruth

So Rae Carruth wonders how he will pay his attorneys? However he raises the money, it will certainly be more expensive than the child support he would have had to pay to Cherica Adams. Whether she was his girlfriend or an “acquaintance,” as his mother called her, she was the mother of his child—a child who must now be raised without a mother or a father. As for Theodry Carruth, who said it was hard to look at her son through glass in jail, she ought to thank God she is still able to see him alive and well. The only way Cherica’s mother will be able to see her daughter again is to look into the face of her grandson.

Jennifer Carter, Fayetteville, N.C.

How much easier and more intelligent it would have been for Rae Carruth to just take an extra minute and put on a condom instead of having possibly killed the mother of his child.

Tyffani Monford, via e-mail

Style Watch

I am not a snake lover, but to make a dress out of 22 python skins? That is truly disgusting! Will these clothes end up in the Goodwill bin a few months from now? What a horrible waste, and what decadence.

Bonnie Hoisington, Cranston, R.I.

Aaarrrggghhh! I am in shock over the statement that 22 pythons had to die so that one bimbo could have a one-time dress! What is wrong with these people?

Mary E. Fiske, West Barnstable, Mass.


I was disheartened to read Winona Ryder’s comments on her bout with depression. While Ms. Ryder may well have experienced depression, I feel her statement blatantly disregards the seriousness of the problem. I have had unipolar depression for years, and while I commend her for “choosing to move on,” people with a chemical imbalance simply don’t have that luxury. Not to say that a pill will cure every person who feels blue, but someone whose brain transmitters don’t connect properly is not going to be helped just by “psyching themselves up.” It’s tough enough to live with this disorder without having those who truly do not understand it put a Band-Aid on the disease.

Heidi Reichmuth, Concord, Calif.