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Who's to blame?

October 13, 2002

Lyn Henderson Moran blames activist groups like NOW for "letting" the entertainment media freeze out older women (Letters, Oct. 6). That makes about as much sense as blaming the NAACP for decades of black movie roles limited to Butterfly McQueens and Stepin Fetchits. If Moran needs a culprit, she should look instead at Hollywood's near-total enslavement to demographics -- forcing everyone, regardless of age or taste, to endure entertainment designed primarily to appeal to 15- to 29-year-old men.

Bonnie Sloane

Los Angeles


Moran declares that the day will never come when an old-looking actress holds a leading romantic role on either screen.

Oh, how could she forget?

My personal role model is still Ruth Gordon in "Harold and Maude." Possibly one of the sexiest female characters ever created, not to mention an older woman-younger man age difference that makes today's older man-younger woman pairings look unimaginative at least.

Johnette Napolitano


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