Most correspondents were pleased to see Elizabeth Taylor recovering from both her broken marriage and her hip operations (PEOPLE, March 4), but a few were offended by Miss Taylor’s remark that being “crippled” did not suit her personality.
If there was such a thing as American royalty, Elizabeth Taylor would be the queen. She has dazzling beauty, eternal youth and a heart of gold to match her diamonds!
MATTHEW SAWYER, Westfield, Mass.
To avoid watching a two-hour commercial for a new perfume being hawked by Elizabeth Taylor, I curled up with the latest issue of PEOPLE. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a cover photo of La Liz and a six-page spread about her life and perfume. I’m sure the timing was coincidental, but then I’ve always been a big believer in the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy.
DOROTHY PHILLIPS, Catonsville, Md.
I can’t believe Elizabeth Taylor could make a remark as callous and insensitive as “hip problems made me a cripple, which didn’t suit my personality.” My admiration of Ms. Taylor just ceased. I am handicapped and feel that such a condition doesn’t reflect my personality; however I have learned to live with it. Is there one person on this earth who enjoys being crippled or handicapped?
IRENE G. MCNEESE, Las Vegas
As usual, the far right is a study in hypocrisy. While Pat Buchanan is out preaching a return to traditional values, his campaign is being run by his sister, a divorced woman with three small children. Who is watching her kids while she is out working as the campaign chairman for her brother? This situation reminds me of what George Orwell said in Animal Farm: “All pigs are created equal, but some pigs are more equal than others.” JOAN A. KOSSACK Glendale Heights, Ill.
I would like to commend Tommy Morrison for speaking out about HIV. That is a much braver battle than any he ever faced in the ring.
JACKIE J. PRADO, Kamiah, Idaho
As a group of female readers, we feel sorry for all the ladies who ever dated Tommy Morrison. Not only because he is HIV-positive but because his trainer, Tom Virgets, thinks of them all as bimbos and referred to them as such in your article.
DEBBY, AMY AND NANCY Grand Rapids
COMING OF AGE
Alanis Morissette kicks butt. ‘Bout time for a strong, raw talent to take the music world by storm in the form of a woman. She’s a poet and a tremendous musician. Then I read your (too brief) article and was shocked to learn she’s only 22 years old. Given the emotional depth and maturity of her music and lyrics, it seems she’s already been there, done that and bought the T-shirt.
SHARRON BRADY, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Julius Caesar said, “Veni, vidi, vici.” Today this can be the slogan for women in music. Thanks for acknowledging their impact on the industry. It is a great day for mankind when Alanis Morissette and Natalie Merchant represent women in the business.
GILLIAN RATTRAY, Appleton, Wis.
Your admiration of people who have made themselves into pieces of disgusting, valueless trash is abhorrent to me. What has happened to decency? Why are profanity and vulgarity admirable? Is this the world you want for your grandchildren? No, I don’t think so!
LORI SIBBING, Stanton, Calif.
Would you really have us believe that Jennifer Crystal would be in the place she is if her father wasn’t Billy Crystal? Come on. The average 23-year-old wouldn’t be able to snag roles in Rob Reiner or Mel Brooks movies, much less land juicy roles on TV shows like ER. Maybe she does have some talent, but just like Tori Spelling, Charlie Sheen, Alison Eastwood, Tahnee Welch and other children of famous people, she got her foot in the door because of her celebrity dad. And that’s not so “mahhvelous” for the struggling actors and actresses who don’t have the same option.
LISA ADDISON, San Antonio
I noticed a lot of negative letters regarding your Greatest Love Stories issue. Too bad. I really enjoyed reading it so much that I couldn’t put it down. The most fascinating people are hardly ever the most virtuous!
San Jose, Calif.