February 28, 2000 12:00 PM

Michael J. Fox

Through his various character portrayals, Michael J. Fox has given me the gift of laughter for half my life. Now I feel it’s time to pay him back. Mr. Fox, you name the organization, and I’ll send the check. Like Christopher and Dana Reeve, you and your wife show the true value of family. I applaud you for putting your family first and for using your celebrity to put a face on a disease that affects so many.

T.C. Morrison, Cedar Hill, Texas

If Michael J. Fox is planning on becoming even more of a public health-care advocate, he might want to quit smoking first. It seems fairly hypocritical that he is crusading for a cure for Parkinson’s while simultaneously engaging in an activity that causes far more widespread health damage.

Ken Broad, San Francisco

Although his disease is tragic, I was dismayed to find that Michael J. Fox still smokes cigarettes. Perhaps he should start raising money for lung cancer research as well as Parkinson’s.

Catherine Cushman, Pembroke, Mass.

In the early ’90s, PEOPLE published a letter I wrote in response to a cover featuring the perennial “kid” Michael J. Fox. It said something like, “I don’t know what’s more depressing—the wrinkles under Michael’s eyes or my own.” Well, here we are, years later—Michael with Parkinson’s, me with MS. Wrinkles? Who cares? My love and prayers go out to Michael and his family. He inspires us all.

Susan Kelly, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Three cheers for putting a man who values his family on the cover. After seeing so many self-seeking Hollywood lotharios being glamorized over their trivial breakups and makeups, I was pleasantly surprised when Michael J. Fox was given the cover for publicizing his need for connecting to his family first.

Suzanne Roedel Moore, Kirkwood, Mo.

Thank you, Michael, for your sacrifice and love for yourself, your family and those with Parkinson’s. Keep up the fight.

Camille Solberg, Neenah, Wis.

Golden Globes Fashion

I was shocked to see how emaciated Gwyneth Paltrow, Lara Flynn Boyle and Cameron Diaz have become. If the camera puts weight on, just how thin are these women?

Jean M. Ives, Banff, Alta.

I think it’s so sad that women like Portia de Rossi feel that you have to be bone thin in order to be attractive. Yes, we finally realized that Calista Flockhart really does have an ultrafast metabolism, but these other skinny women have no such excuse. They should realize that, like it or not, they are role models for young women and they are setting horrible, unattainable examples of what females should strive for.

Penny Aiello, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Speaking for myself and other stylists in my salon, I’d like to know what’s with the hair on the celebrities at the Golden Globes? Did they all do their own? Most professional hairstylists count on the awards shows to show off the hottest hair trends. The last few years have been a bust in that department. Yes, many of them looked nice, but their hair was “weekday.” Is this Hollywood’s version of high style? Is there no glamor left?

Roberta Johnson, El Cajon, Calif.

Hedy Lamarr

Although I enjoyed your tribute to screen star Hedy Lamarr, the photo you chose to run of the stunning actress took my breath away. I can’t think of anyone in today’s crop of actresses—except Sela Ward—whose physical beauty rivals or exceeds that of Miss Lamarr at her peak. Thanks for a wistful reminder of the glory days of Hollywood, when actresses looked like goddesses.

Rich Herron, Malakoff, Texas

Darren Hayes

What a delight to open PEOPLE and find an article on the beautiful, multitalented Darren Hayes of Savage Garden. His lyrics take us on wonderful journeys down the highways and footpaths of the heart. And that incredible, angelic voice! I have yet to hear it and not feel my soul and spirit take flight.

Kate Wagner, San Diego

As a longtime reader of your magazine, I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see a story about Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes! I noticed, however, an error in the photographs. The man pictured next to Darren Hayes is not his musical partner Daniel Jones but guitarist Ben Carey.

Cindy Pederson, Hillsboro, Ore.

We regret the error.—ED.

Picks & Pans

As the mother of three music-loving children, I was intrigued to see your “Spotlight On” children’s musician Laurie Berkner. “Wow,” I thought, “if Madonna, Sting and Bruce Springsteen all enjoy listening to her music along with their children, she can’t be too bad, can she?” Alas, after almost an hour searching the Internet, I could find absolutely nothing on her.

Angela Garcia, via e-mail

Laurie Berkner can be found online at http://www.twotomatoes.com.—ED.

Mailbag

Recently, one of your readers, for whom I happily signed an autograph, called me a pompous ass, claiming I wanted nothing to do with The Brady Bunch. This comes as a surprise, considering I have written a book about my years with the Bradys, participated in all our many reunions and am currently producing a TV movie for NBC called Growing Up Brady. I am very proud of my role as Greg Brady and grateful to the many people who have enjoyed the Bunch through the years. To this day I am often recognized from that show and have signed thousands of napkins, photos and memorabilia. If happily signing my name constitutes pompous, I guess I’ll just keep on keepin’ on.

Barry Williams, New York City

Reading letters from your readers about Linda Tripp is a reminder of how gullible and sanctimonious people are. The President, who had an illicit affair and lied under oath, is not ugly because of his behavior. The screwy intern who had sex with a married man is not ugly because of her behavior. But the woman who taped the evidence and who exposed the lie is “ugly because of her behavior.” Many of your readers think with their emotions, and the media controls their emotions. That’s ugly!

G. Kevin Totherow, Jesup, Ga.

What kind of friend asks a friend to lie under oath? Monica Lewinsky should be reviled. Instead she is a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and on TV every time you turn around. Talk about double standards! Linda, I think you look great!

Pam Cipolla, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Private Gillingham

There have to be other families like Private Gillingham’s (PEOPLE, Jan. 31) who wish they could locate the graves of loved ones who died serving their country and are buried somewhere overseas. Helping a friend locate the grave of his father, I learned the cemetery, section, row and grave marker within two minutes of being referred to the American Battle Monuments Commission, which eventually provided a stunning color lithograph of the cemetery and a current photo of the marker. Next September we are planning to travel to the cemetery in France, and the ABMC has assisted by providing information for ordering a suitable wreath, directions to the cemetery and an escort who will lead us to the grave site. These are all services provided at no charge to family and friends of any U.S. military person buried in a U.S. military cemetery anywhere on foreign soil.

Carolyn Garrison, West Sand Lake, N.Y.

The American Battle Monuments Commission may be contacted at (703) 696-6895.—ED.

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