If 88 percent of the women polled said they wouldn’t marry Prince Charles, then 88 percent must be crazy (PEOPLE, May 18). He is Prince Charming! If 15 percent don’t like his looks, then they must have mud running in their veins. I envy Lady Diana for triumphing where so many have failed.

Mary Ann Sell


The poll confirms my belief that in this country media exposure far overshadows exceptional talent. Choosing Kenny Rogers over Luciano Pavarotti as the most popular singer is like voting for hamburger over filet mignon.

Charles G. Gessner

Winchester, Ky.

You stated that Warren Beatty received no votes in PEOPLE’S “Best-Looking Man in America” contest. Was he a contestant??? The best-looking man in the world pitted against Robert, Burt, etc?! That wouldn’t be fair. One cannot pit Mount McKinley against a molehill, the Pacific against a puddle, the Grand Canyon against…

Paige A. Montgomery

Metairie, La.

Dallas is the most boring show on the tube? You’re right—your readers do have a mind of their own, a one-track mind, that is. Why, darlin’, the excitement has just begun.

John Young

San Diego

Your comment that “even at 24” Bo Derek can still qualify as the best-looking woman in America implies that 24 is somehow old for a woman: old as in the onset of ugliness, old as in over the hill. Most women are more beautiful in their 20s and 30s and beyond than they ever were in their teens.

Richard Grangaard

Osseo, Wis.

Ann Miller

I work with Ann Miller in the show Sugar Babies. My name is Mickey Rooney. I have never worked with a more talented star than this lady, who not only sings great, but dances great and has a face and body to match. The person who wrote the review of Ann Miller: Tops in Taps must need a new pair of glasses to see a lady who survived Hollywood to become one of our first ladies of the Broadway stage.

Mickey Rooney

New York City

Ruby Lee Piester

Ruby Lee Piester’s opinions on adoptions and birth parents are outdated. Victorian terms such as illegitimate, unwed mother and references to single mothers as “trying to cover up their mistake” are insensitive to birth mothers’ feelings. She seems to liken the surrender of one’s child to giving away a cat’s kittens.

Diana Langlumé

Burlingame, Calif.

The natural mother has no right of “confidentiality” from her own child! If one is responsible for taking a life, one must be equally responsible for giving a life. Her right to surrender custody of the child does not include the right to sever the adult from his roots! Those “girls at Gladney who have become prominent” should have been counseled that to lie is to take a risk. Adult adoptees should have full access to their birth and adoption records, not only as a constitutional right, but for the sake of simple human dignity.

Florence Anna Fisher

Adoptees’ Liberty

Movement Association

New York City

Bobby Sands

So Bobby Sands died with a clear conscience? That is only further testimony to his twisted mind. There is no nobility or heroism in dying, knowing that your death will cause still more deaths and more suffering.

Karin Kaufman

Fort Collins, Colo.

Bobby Sands is a martyr who fought and died for the same objective that Americans did in 1776: independence from Great Britain. Lest we forget!

Alicia Kehr

Demarest, N.J.

Dr. Donald Rasmussen

I strongly object to the reference to me as the wife of Dr. Donald Rasmussen (PEOPLE, May 11) who divorced him in 1975 “apparently because of his total dedication to black lung.” In my 12 years in West Virginia, I became well-known as a photojournalist who wrote about and photographed mine disasters and black lung victims. I stood on their picket lines and marched in protests. My work appeared in national publications, eight books and TV documentaries. In 1969 I testified before the Senate subcommittee to gain black lung benefits for miners. My efforts were as dedicated to improving the health and safety of coal miners as the work done by Dr. Rasmussen in his laboratory.

Jeanne M. Rasmussen

Reston, Va.

Kathleen Barrett

Thank you for your article on Kathleen Barrett—what a remarkable woman and an inspiration to all people. I will save the article for my 2-year-old cerebral palsied daughter to read when the going gets tough.

Marianne Reagan

Greenwich, Conn.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

When I read that I was 62 years old (PEOPLE, May 11), my first reaction was to have a heart attack and rush to the nearest rocking chair. But, being a good businesswoman, I thought I might try to take advantage of your mistake. Magazine in hand, I went to the nearest Social Security office to collect my pension. I was unceremoniously thrown out. “But PEOPLE says I’m 62,” I protested. Computers clicking and files flying, they checked and checked again. “No way you’re 62,” the supervisor informed me. “Come back in several years.” With my luck, by the time I’m 62, the retirement age will be 82. But that’s okay, I love working, and I’ve just signed for a movie, a play and two TV specials. I wonder why PEOPLE couldn’t have recognized their mistake as quickly as the government did.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Bel Air, Calif.

If Miss Gabor were 62, as PEOPLE said, then she would have been 14 when she won the Miss Hungary contest in 1933. If she is in fact “many years” younger, then Brooke Shields was a late bloomer.—ED.

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