July 01, 1974 12:00 PM

Redd Foxx

For years I have been a great fan of Redd Foxx, but this time I believe he is wrong. I find it hard to believe his marriage is ending only because Redd no longer has the time to take his wife out. I’m sure his knee has been aggravated, but not just from “his gimpy portrayal of the arthritic junk dealer.” If Redd is only clearing $150,000 from a million dollars, then I would say he really needs a new tax lawyer. With all the legitimate deductions he can take, he should clear at the very least $250,000 to $300,000.

It appears to me that Mr. Foxx cannot cope with “instant superstardom.” I thought he would have learned the two most important things in being a superstar, responsibility and being gracious.

Jeri Wiley

Forest Lake, Minn.

Good to read your story on one of the greatest men in the dubious world of show business—Redd Foxx. Talk about understanding motives and knowing what it’s all about. Talk about streetwise and gut-savvy. Talk about “telling it like it is”—here’s a guy who knows how it is and isn’t afraid to tell it.

Joseph R. McCarthy


Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee deserves much admiration for her victory over the “battle of the bulge.” Only a fellow “soldier” can know what she has endured. But was there an error in the article? It stated she “ballooned perilously close to 200 pounds” (let’s assume 196), “lost more than 50 pounds” (let’s assume 51), and is now “wearing a size 10 gown.” At 145 pounds? She must be 6’2″.

Janet Beech


She’s 5’6″ and wears a size 10 (and sometimes a 12 depending on the dress) but still isn’t saying precisely what her weight is now.—ED.

I was amazed and appalled to see on your cover the story title, “Peggy Lee—Sexier with 50 pounds off.” Sez who? Aren’t you aware of the fact that sexiness is a special quality unrelated to weight? To a great many Peggy Lee admirers, her loss of weight did nothing to make her any sexier. Who is to say whether plumpness is unpleasing! How about allowing a little more leeway for a few million people who feel otherwise? Fat can be beautiful!

William J. Fabrey

National Association to Aid Fat Americans

Westbury, N.Y.

New Graduates

I think you should change the title of your magazine to “Famous Rich People.” Who cares how many degrees Hugh Hefner’s daughter has? And if Leonard Bernstein’s daughter becomes a journalist, I won’t break out in goose pimples. It seems to me that people today are judged by their financial status and how many degrees are stashed away. How about more stories concerning the average Joe? He’s more interesting.

Warren Bruen

Lyndhurst, N.J.

Cicely Tyson

Sounder dissolved my prejudices; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman went even further, provoking in me a desire for honest, urgent brotherhood. Both made me very ashamed. Thank you, Cicely, for turning me in the right direction.

David Craig

Oak Grove, La.

Jackie Onassis

I was very happy to see Jacqueline Onassis at the Washington party making headlines again. Every country has a queen, thank God ours is Jackie.

Phillip A. Losco

Havertown, Pa.

Patricia Hearst

I was shocked to read your article on Patricia Hearst. You made great assumptions about her guilt and only looked at one side of the case. It seems to me you were quite unfair, making Miss Hearst at one time a sweet innocent and then suddenly a maniac. I suggest that in the future you should consider both aspects of a situation.

Leslie Pilgrim

St. Paul

Patty Hearst is presumed innocent until found guilty on any of 22 charges pending against her, which include bank robbery, auto theft, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and federal firearms violations.—ED.

Josiah Bunting

Thank you for your recent article on Josiah Bunting III, who was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America for 1973. In chaotic times such as these, it is good to see honor, honesty and integrity rise once again to the surface.

Terry Wayne Barkley

Charleston, S.C.

You describe Major Bunting as cutting quite a military figure. You do not cut a military figure with one hand stuffed in the pocket of your uniform. If Bunting had ever served under some of the officers we had in World War II and was seen doing same—major or no—the next time he tried, he would find the pocket sewed up.

A.L. Petrille

Newcastle, Me.

I read with disgust your statement that Diana Bunting loathed being an army wife. I was unaware that an “army wife” was a profession—as in “Will the real army wife please stand up.” Your use of a cut-and-dried stereotype to cast shady inferences about life in the U.S. Army was both mindless and unfortunate. As an army wife for 11 years, I feel I am far from any stereotype, as are the majority of women I have met whose husbands are soldiers.

Suzanne Helmberger

Ft. McPherson, Ga.

Star Tracks

I recently saw my favorite film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for the umpteenth time. I was wondering what had become of Russ Tamblyn. Then I discovered a more mature Russ Tamblyn, sporting a moustache, in the front row of your MGM photograph. Almost everyone else is still active in the industry. What is Tamblyn doing now? Darlene Arden

Framingham, Mass.

He dropped out eight years ago to become an artist. He’s had three shows and a glowing review from a leading critic in Los Angeles, where he lives.—ED.

That’s Entertainment, the collection of MGM musical clips from old films, is grave-robbing by the people who killed the greatest film company in the world.

Richard Connors

Waltham, Mass.

MGM lives, and though it will no longer distribute its own films, has announced plans to produce 12 features in the next year.—ED.

Sans Souci Maître D’

I was overjoyed to see your article about one of my favorite people, Paul Delisle of Sans Souci restaurant. As a stockbroker, I travel to Washington frequently and often have lunch or dinner there. The nicest thing about Paul is that he really cares about each person and arranges it so that my tab is never presented to me at my table. This saves all sorts of embarrassing moments when I entertain my predominantly male business clients. I love eating in New York, but I wish some of the maître d’s would take some lessons from this charming man.

Tillie Page Laird

New York

Mary Stuart, TV Soap Star

You cannot imagine what effect the piece on me in your magazine (PEOPLE, May 27) has had. I became aware of it the day it came out. As I walked down the aisle of a plane, half the people did double takes—and quickly turned back to their copies.

A TV magazine called this morning; they finally heard about me. The simple fact is that our show reaches 20 million people, but you really get to them!

Mary Stuart

New York

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