By People Staff
April 03, 2000 12:00 PM
  • Madonna
  • What a great article on Madonna! She has never looked more beautiful or as serene as she does now. She is no longer the caricature she was in the past but has grown into the woman she always wanted to be.
  • Elena Perez, via e-mail
  • Through the years, Madonna has gone from rolling around on the floor at the MTV Music Awards to musical icon, to movie star, to strong woman and, from the looks of it, a great mother. Hats off to you, Madonna.
  • Jedaya Taveras, New York City
  • I cannot believe that after Madonna has ruined a whole generation of teenage girls and young adults by advocating promiscuity, cheap sex and no morals, she is put on the cover of magazines and proclaimed a wonderful mother. I just wonder if her Sex book is on the coffee table for Lourdes to read.
  • T.B. Carey, Plano, Texas
  • Madonna‘s life is “an unfolding, fantastic drama”? Blah, blah, blah. Her career of acting out personal, religious and sexual conflicts—and her maternal transformation—has been predictable and clichéd. Madonna a pioneer? Only in her own mind.
  • Jane Wisnieski, Denver

While your article was enjoyable, the geography was inaccurate. Bay City, Mich., is located 104 miles north of Detroit—not 35, as you say—and is definitely not a suburb. Of course, you will make sure this is corrected.

J. Kelly, Alpena, Mich.

We will, and we regret the error.—ED.

  • I’m glad Madonna is happier in her own skin. On the other hand, I miss the old Madonna.
  • Ricky Hoffer, Moorhead, Minn.

Nancy Reagan

What a picture this amazing woman represents. There was little understanding of her as a person during her husband’s Presidency. She was never once—that I can recall—portrayed by the media as a person who was upstanding or honest. Now we see the true person before us exhibiting what everyone should have known: She is devoted to and standing by the man she has loved all her life.

Laura Pierpaoli, Fayetteville, Ark.

Your sickeningly sweet profile of Nancy Reagan playing the martyr made me very angry. You should do a piece on my mother, who took care of my father, a victim of Alzheimer’s, for years before finally having to put him in a nursing home when it became physically and emotionally impossible for her to care for him. My mother has been through everything Mrs. Reagan has (including breast cancer), except that she did it all without the assistance of Secret Service agents and live-in nurses, a $2.5 million Bel Air mansion and the financial resources available to the Reagans.

Jane Berne, Grand Forks, N.Dak.

With all the money and power Ronald and Nancy Reagan possess, she is to be commended for assuming a large part of his care instead of delegating to a staff of employees. Being a full-time caregiver is probably the hardest job in the world, and Nancy deserves all the support we can give her.

Jeffrey and Amanda Phelps Winston-Salem, N.C.

My hat’s off to Nancy for doing as a committed life partner should, but don’t glamorize her or portray her as a saint. She is doing what thousands of others who don’t get written up in PEOPLE are doing.

Mark Massey, San Francisco

The sadness and hopelessness Nancy Reagan now feels brings back the pain I have felt when so many of my loved ones were dying of AIDS. As President, Ronald Reagan never even spoke the word “AIDS.” It is now Nancy’s turn to feel what I felt so many times before. No one is above the ravages of disease. We are all made of the same flesh and blood.

Kathryn Hanson Hirsch, San Francisco

Darva Conger

Hey, Darva! Your 15 minutes are over. Thanks for playing.

Matt Turpin, Bastrop, La.

Is this woman frighteningly naive, incredibly stupid or just not a very convincing liar?

Cindy Turner, Chillicothe, Ohio

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The next “celebrity cause” should be to raise money to buy Jennifer Lopez a brain. She obviously has everything else.
  • Stuart Curry, Bloomington, Ind.

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford stated her reason for leaving her TV show was to spare her children the media scrutiny she branded “disgusting and lurid and horrible.” Wake up, Kathie Lee! Since the day those two children were born, you did nothing but talk about them. Those children are in the spotlight because you put them there.

Jessica Hahn, Mesa, Ariz.

Where, Kathie Lee, is the tabloid dirt about the children of Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep or Michelle Pfeiffer? Lots of celebrities raise their kids out of the public eye. It’s not your career you have to change, it’s yourself.

Lane Browning, Portland, Ore.

Marissa Getting

Thank you for the story about Marissa and her heart condition. I was born with a condition similar to hers called hypoplastic right ventricle. Though I didn’t have a transplant, I did have three open-heart surgeries to correct the problem. Now, 15 years later, I’m a high school freshman and leading a very normal life. I hope this story had an impact on many people’s lives, because it sure did on mine. I wish Marissa the best.

Leigh Silverang, Philadelphia

  • Scoop
  • So Halle Berry‘s publicist said she’s taking her hit-and-run very seriously. Just how seriously was she taking it when she left the scene?
  • Sue Cushler, Chandler, Ariz.

Paul Jackson

I was dismayed to read of celebrities receiving $275 bags crammed with $5,000 in merchandise at the Grammys. Then my faith was restored upon reading about paraplegic Paul Jackson, who raises funds for families devastated by disabilities and long-term illnesses. Do celebrities really need another day at the spa, designer shoes and pajamas, perfume and cell phones? In the future, how about the celebrities at these awards shows designating the money that goes into these overstuffed goody bags to the Paul Jackson Fund instead?

Barbara Schofield, San Jose, Calif.

I would love to know how to support Paul Jackson. Please let me know where I can reach him with a contribution.

Dora Carter, Wellesley, Mass.

Contributions may be sent to: Paul Jackson Fund, 50 N. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, N.J. 07039.—ED.