August 25, 1990
In the Aug. 3 article, "Meryl Streep Attacks Hollywood Gender Gap at SAG Conference," the actress lashed out at the film industry for downplaying the importance of women on the screen and blamed Hollywood for the big-budget male films. Also, the story reported that the combined income of men doubled that of women. I can give Streep a good reason for all this: There isn't one female star with the drawing power of Hoffman, Gibson, Nicholson, Cruise, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Redford, Newman, Allen, Costner, De Niro, Stallone, etc., etc., etc. BILL STEIN Cambria
August 17, 1986
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh were beautiful, alluring people. Their considerable acting talents aside, Nicholson always looks like something the cat dragged in and Streep looked like she was beaten with an ugly stick in "Heartburn." BARBARA SCHRATWIESER Sherman Oaks
November 25, 1990
Oh, no--not another boring article about the complaints of women in the movie business (led by Streep). 1--Streep, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, got the highest salary paid to an actress--$3 million for "Out of Africa." 2--If "Batman" grosses half a billion dollars and if the current hit is "Jacob's Ladder," then maybe moviegoers want to see big-budget fantasies with spectacular effects. 3--Perhaps the war between men and women in the movie business is just part of the overall war between the sexes.
March 29, 1987
What's all this fuss about actors getting fleeced by casting directors in cold reading workshops (Calendar Letters, March 15 and 22)?. It's not like real people with regular jobs getting cheated out of something important. Self-centered exhibitionists who get taken on the road to overpay and overexposure are hardly worthy objects of sympathy. When it comes right down to it, who really cares except other actors? Maybe the experience will thin the ranks of our endless plethora of Nicholson and Streep wanna-bees.
November 22, 1987 |
I can't wait until I'm 45 and get all those great parts. --Elizabeth Hartman, in a 1971 interview. The first reports of 43-year-old Elizabeth Hartman's June 10 suicide here were sketchy. Homicide detectives weren't sure just who the slight woman was who had thrown herself from the fifth-story window of her efficiency apartment. A handful of neighbors volunteered what they knew. She was an unemployed actress, they thought, who had starred long ago in some movie with Sidney Poitier.
October 28, 1990
I applaud Meryl Streep's speaking up on women in the movie industry ("Meryl Acts Up," by Hilary De Vries, Sept. 9). I rarely go to the movies for the reason that movies like "Pretty Women" exist. They are insulting to my intelligence. It is the exception when a movie comes out that portrays a real woman, rather than a male fantasy. It is evident in Streep that strong, humorous and, above all, intelligent women exist. LOIS LYNN TURNER Soquel