April 29, 1991 12:00 PM

Readers sympathized with Princess Caroline’s brave attempt to rebuild her life following her husband’s death (PEOPLE, April 8), though some felt that we slighted the individual nature of the grieving process and the particular strain of mourning under public scrutiny.


It must be incredibly difficult to become a widow, but to become a widow while in the public eye and to be expected to “get over it” and find another husband right away must be even worse. Maybe it’s time we let Princess Caroline grieve, and when she decides to get on with her social life, she will.

CHERYL STRAYER, Jonesboro, Ga.

Is “vulture” suddenly your middle name? Come on! Six months to mourn a greatly lined husband? It took me longer to get over the death of my pet hamster. Please take my advice and give Princess Caroline a break.

MARGARET SILVER, Sebastopol, Calif.

Thank you for the caring article on Princess Caroline. I wish I could give her a hug and ask her (and her children) to come visit!



What a heartless monster the multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that is the Walt Disney company appears to be. They can well afford the settlement Peggy Lee was awarded by the court, and Miss Lee obviously earned the $3.8 million in royalties for her participation in Lady and the Tramp. Judging from their treatment of Peggy Lee, the Mouse has become the Monster.

NANCY C. GHIRLA, Stamford, Conn.


I was greatly disappointed with myself after reading your article on Jeanne While, knowing that I had somehow tucked away the memory of her son, Ryan, in one short year. Ryan White, a boy who in every way portrayed the inner strength of a man. I can only say thank you, PEOPLE, for reminding me of what a very brave and special person we once had among us.

BIRGITTE RAVN, Don Mills, Ont.


Best of luck to Ivana. She has survived this past year of turmoil with dignity and courage. Her ex-husband and Maria Maples only succeeded in making themselves look foolish. She may not always be known as Mrs. Trump, but she will always be remembered as a lady. Too bad for Maria that a good reputation is something Donald will never be able to buy her.

DEBBIE BOWEN, Montclair, N.J.

Ivana Trump may be healthy, but she’s not so young anymore. She should grow up—a class act is much better than trying to look like a 20-year-old who isn’t. As for Maria Maples, in 10 years she’ll grow too old for Donald. He’ll probably give her a certified cheek and go on to the next 20-year-old. But I do have to say, girls, a million dollars a year plus ain’t such a bad return on an investment! There’s an old saying that Donald Trump gives full truth to: The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

PHYLLISS A. LEWIS, Lake St. Louis, Mo.


Does Nicole Kidman have a left shoulder, or has she been surgically attached to Tom Cruise in this permanent pose?


I was horrified by the picture of those legendary actors Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera and Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. What a relief when I found out it was just a picture of Michael Jackson and Madonna attending the Oscar ceremonies.

JACK WALL, Truckee, Calif.

What a couple! Madonna and Michael Jackson are caught up in an artificial, self-absorbed lifestyle which must ring hollow to them. They need to shed the makeup, wash their hair and take a walk in the sunshine on the beach with some real friends who will tell them the truth.

PATRICIA N. ASHTON. Agoura, Calif.


Your article on Pamela Smart and the fact that she was a school aide makes me so angry—sexism at its worst. I believe that it should be noted that not only did she arrange to have Billy Flynn kill her husband, she molested him as well. He was 15 years old—a minor according to the law.

JAMES E. HEASTON, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Like most New Englanders, I was convinced of Pamela Smart’s guilt by the media blitz that preceded her trial. However, the prosecution’s case and the witnesses’ lack of credibility raised more questions than were answered. If Pamela Smart’s day in court is an example of our judicial system at work, may God help us all!

MICHAEL O’CONNOR, Somerville, Mass.


Poor Johnny Miller! If only he hadn’t had six children, he could have had a “major impact” on the game of golf. I know several couples who would gladly give up golf, their careers or their right arms for a child. Sounds like Johnny Miller’s only “handicap” is his inability to count his blessings.


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