George C. Scott & Trish
I had to laugh at your cover story (PEOPLE, Feb. 7). If I were 50 years old and looked like George C. Scott and had a wife that looked like Trish Van Devere, I would be quite “mellow” also!
Terre Haute, Ind.
George Scott’s ambition may be “to quit acting and never leave home,” but there are so few actors of Mr. Scott’s magnitude I hope he will continue to share his talent with stage and film audiences.
Zinda B. Ratiner
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Your article contains an anecdote incorrectly attributed to George S. Kaufman. It is true that Kaufman visited Moss Hart’s Bucks County home and was familiar with Hart’s improvements, since they were neighbors as well as collaborators. It was, however, Alexander Woollcott who, after inspecting the gardens and “the Gertrude Lawrence Memorial Wing” snapped, “It’s exactly what God would have done—if He’d had the money.” Departing from the same visit, Woollcott signed the guest book noting, “This was one of the most boring weekends of my life.” Later, in recounting the weekend to Kaufman, Hart observed, “Suppose he had broken a leg. I’d have had to keep him for 10 days!” This is the legend that surrounds the birth of Kaufman and Hart’s play, The Man Who Came to Dinner. This may also explain why the play is dedicated “to Alexander Woollcott for reasons that are nobody’s business.”
David A. France
New Hope, Pa.
Mrs. Hart confirms the Woollcott weekend that inspired the play. She had always associated the quote about God with Kaufman. “But it may well have been Alec,” she concedes. “It sounds like Alec.”—ED.
How refreshing to come upon your article on Kitty Carlisle Hart. It is truly delightful to read about someone who still adheres to the old-fashioned standards, and at the same time is newsworthy because of the contribution she is making to the world. I belong to the all too often silent minority who couldn’t care less about the number of bed partners or illegitimate children some people have, and how they strive so hard to flout all the conventions and standards that once were considered most desirable.
Mrs. R.G. Stephenson
Isn’t that a hand-crocheted “Granny Square” sweater Richard Anderson is wearing? (Probably made by one of those beautiful, wonderful ladies who enjoy being with him.)
Park Falls, Wis.
Anderson’s hand-crocheted sweater was made by loving but anonymous hands in Ireland and purchased at a Beverly Hills men’s store.—ED.
If Richard Anderson has “another Remington around the house” it must also be on canvas. He is holding a Winchester shotgun, not a Remington rifle.
Sincere thanks for bringing us President Carter’s high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman. What a meaningful and inspiring life! What a great country this would be if only we had more Miss Julias in it.
After seeing Hellzapoppin in Boston. I can tell you it wasn’t bad, and Jerry Lewis is what made it tick.
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
How can anyone say Jerry Lewis has failed? Not only has he made us laugh for more than 27 years; his sincerity, enthusiasm and hard work have raised all that money for Muscular Dystrophy. Who else has done that much and received so little gratitude in return?
Nebraska City, Nebr.
Jerry Lewis is an insufferable egotist whose talents are totally overshadowed by his mania to be the dominant force of each endeavor he is involved with. Perhaps this $1.25 million lesson in humility will arrest his terminal egomania and permit his true talents to shine through.
Hot Springs, Ark.
Something must be wrong with a producer who has advance sales of about $1 million and says that Jerry Lewis is not a star who sells tickets. My husband and I took our 13-year-old son to see Hellzapoppin the first week it opened in D.C. It was beautifully costumed, happy, funny, with talented acts all evening. Wake up, producers!
In your interview with Bank of America President A. W. Clausen, you note that “Lockheed Aircraft owes you [Bank of America] and other banks some $540 million.” The actual figure is $450 million.
The interviewer then asked, “Is there any pressure the bank could exert to force a company to mend its ways?” Lockheed has long since mended its ways and is operating under what we presume to be the most stringent rules established by any company in the whole area of international payments. We are also operating under an SEC consent decree that leaves no room for discretion on how our own rules are enforced.
We fully recognize that the Lockheed overseas payments issue has been highly dramatized. We would point out, however, that there are hundreds of other companies involved in these payments and at least three of them who have paid larger sums than Lockheed. One oil company has been cited for payments in excess of $56 million, more than double the Lockheed payments.
William D. Perreault
Vice President for Public Relations
Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
Lockheed owed $540 million at the end of the third quarter, 1976. It was the only figure available when we went to press and was supplied by Lockheed itself.—ED.
So Philip Agee is being deported from the United Kingdom. Too bad. Anyone who sells out his homeland for a fast buck doesn’t deserve a country. Let’s send him to the Soviet Union so he can wreak havoc on their KGB. Their tactics make the CIA look like Charlie’s Angels.
Unquestionably the CIA has been involved in certain unethical practices. However, it seems illogical to suppose that the entire intelligence organization is corrupt. Perhaps Philip Agee should revise his philosophy of “uncloaking agents and operations” lest innocents get burned in the process.
Bruce James Dyke
The revulsion I feel for Larry Schiller and his 13 carefully counted trips to the bathroom during the execution of another human being certainly matches the revulsion I feel toward the executed man himself and toward those who twisted his guttersnipe existence into a national happening.
Robert G. Hill