People Staff
April 29, 2002 12:00 PM


All I can say is, Wow! The excitement, the dresses and the details, all the way down to the food!

Diba Wickline, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

PEOPLE never ceases to amaze me. I just inhaled your Oscar issue. After some pages of dresses I figured it would be over, but it continued on with the jewels, vintage dresses, afterparties and hairstyles. What a blast.

Denise Kelley, Clovis, Calif.

Jada Pinkett Smith’s dress was a picture of simple elegance. It was the classiest of all the gowns.

Marilyn Crippen, Yuma, Ariz.

My take on Oscar night: celebratory wine: $10; Chinese food: $25; and wins by Denzel Washington and Halle Berry: priceless.

Brenda Wilson, Dover, N.J.

Were some of the stars having a bad-hair day? Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts had the worst hairdos. I hope they didn’t pay a licensed hairdresser big bucks. I could have done their hair and made a few extra bucks. And I’m not even a hairdresser.

Carol Messinger, Farmville, N.C.

Sloppy hairstyles and ill-fitting gowns. Where were their mirrors? This was the question most asked around my television set on Oscar night. For the perfect woman, just take Halle Berry‘s body, Sandra Bullock‘s hairstyle and everything else Judi Dench.

Gay L. Huddle, Danby, N.Y.

The dress Gwyneth Paltrow wore was bad enough. But what I always want to say to her is, Stand up straight, girl!

Karen Denton, Nipomo, Calif.

I’m appalled that Julia Roberts felt the need to share the moment with Denzel Washington. I have not seen a picture of Denzel with his Oscar without Julia Roberts and her ridiculous smile. Get out of the picture, Julia. You’ve already had your turn.

Amy Alcala, Milwaukie, Ore.

Thank you for all the Oscar party stories and great photos. I felt like I was there. What an issue!

Kandis Eaton, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

I was disappointed by your issue. Halle Berry made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win an Oscar in the Best Actress category. Shame on PEOPLE for making Halle share the cover and not recognizing her victory.

Baria M. Abdur-Razzaq, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Restoring the Faith

While reading about the lives of the rich and famous is entertaining, your article about the real people doing everyday good deeds sent my spirits soaring. I always knew they were out there behind the numbing headlines of war, terrorism, political and corporate scandals and general murder and mayhem. It is a tribute to PEOPLE that you chose to identify some of them and let their stories be told.

Barbara Silverman, Santa Monica, Calif.

Sharon Smith

Despite the brutal dog attack on her partner, Diane Whipple, I hope Sharon Smith’s heart won’t harden against all canines. Like so many others, I devote my life to dog and cat rescues. My dog Luke and I visit homeless children once a week. His warm nose and wagging tail bring loads of smiles to sad, sorry faces.

Debra White, Tempe, Ariz.

Movie Musicals

A million thanks for publishing Where Are They Now The Sound of Music. It is heartwarming to read that the cast has led such wonderful lives after making the movie. I wonder if the film had a lot to do with it.

Cecil Kelsey, Peru, Ill.

Brittanie Cecil

As season ticket holders to the Columbus Blue Jackets games, my husband and I were there that tragic evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brittanie’s family and friends. We would also like to express the same to Espen Knutsen and his family for what they are going through. As a mother of a 4-year-old son who loves hockey and goes to all the Blue Jackets’ games, I cannot imagine what these families are experiencing. Brittanie will live in our hearts forever.

Sonja K. Wilcox, Centerburg, Ohio

Star Tracks

Debra Messing is obviously beautiful and talented, but who knew she had such great taste in dogs? We’ve always thought our Coton de Tulear was adorable. But thanks to Ms. Messing, people will finally know what kind of dog he is.

Diana Guiol, Laguna Niguel, Calif.


As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I could not help but take offense at Sandra Bullock‘s quote of the week. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another so as to help each other recover from this terrible and often fatal disease. It’s not a Girls Next Door social hour.

Melissa Short, Knoxville, Tenn.

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