In her article "The Starlets Next Door" (June 9), Irene Lacher quotes critic and author Michael Medved as saying, "The public's response to 'Last Dance' indicates that people like their female sex symbols to do glamorous stuff and not necessarily to be in hard-hitting, depressing dramas where they don't wear makeup."
The reason "Last Dance" was a failure was simply because it was a bad film and not because the usually glamorous Sharon Stone was makeup-less. Perhaps Medved should take another look at Jessica Lange in "Frances," Michelle Pfeiffer in "Frankie & Johnny," Olivia de Havilland in "The Snake Pit," Joanne Woodward (in her glamour years) in "The Three Faces of Eve" or Sally Field in "Sybil" and "Norma Rae."
In other words, put the makeup-less Stone in a worthy film, and they will come. The public generally does like to see glamour stars succeed in vehicles other than what they are known for.
At 20th Century Fox from 1948 to 1961, I worked as a publicist with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Deborah Kerr, Jayne Mansfield, Sheree North, Alice Faye, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Susan Hayward, Shelley Winters, Jean Simmons, Diane Baker, Claudette Colbert, Patricia Neal, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Suzy Parker, Millie Perkins, Stella Stevens, Jeanne Crain, Joanne Woodward, Shirley Temple, Christine Carrere, Leslie Caron, Ethel Merman, Mitzi Gaynor, Jean Peters, Anne Francis, Juliet Prowse, Anne Baxter, Barbara Bates, Shirley Jones, Barbara Ruick, Carol Christensen, May Britt, Rita Moreno, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Russell, Sonja Henie, Shirley MacLaine, Gwen Verdon, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins and many, many other attractive young ladies.