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Mail: Susan Sarandon

Readers respond to Tim Robbins, ”Up Close and Personal,” and George Burns

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Rebecca Ascher-Walsh’s interview with Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon was excellent. However, I was outraged by comments made by Bull Durham producer Thom Mount regarding Sarandon’s ”limited” sex appeal due to her age. Why did he fail to mention such films as Sabrina, First Knight, or Up Close & Personal? If it worked for Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and Robert Redford, it ought to work for Sarandon, too.
Renee Newbold
Newport News, Va.

So ”God” died and didn’t even make your cover? Better say your prayers, EW. After 93 years entertaining America, I think George Burns deserved one.
Robert Supriano
Castro Valley, Calif.

I enjoyed your article on 3rd Rock From the Sun. John Lithgow hasn’t been this much fun since he played Lord John Whorfin/Dr. Emilio Lizardo in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. And having seen him in leather pants this season, I’d like to see him in a thong.
Aurora Gandara
Las Vegas

In your video review of Country Life, you stated that there is ”no filmed version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya on tape.” Well, what about Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street? It is an absorbing version of Vanya, capturing the play as it is rehearsed in a Times Square theater. It features Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, the stars of Malle’s My Dinner With Andre. The film is too good to be overlooked.
Lillian Rachel Jackson
Carlsbad, Calif.

Congratulations on getting to the bottom of the Up Close & Personal story. However, as author of Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch, the book that ”suggested” the movie, I must correct the statement that only one genuine anecdote from Savitch’s life made it into the movie. In truth, a great many things survived the transition, including many small but significant scenes snatched directly from the book. Further, the Redford character’s dedication to journalistic ideals closely parallels that of Savitch’s lover and mentor, Ron Kershaw. The film may skirt much of Savitch’s troubled life, but the essence of her most important relationship remains untarnished.
Alanna Nash
Louisville, Ky.

I’m writing regarding Ken Tucker’s review of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s documentary The Celluloid Closet. I was deeply moved by this film and only wish Mr. Tucker’s positive review could have reflected a depper appreciation of his work. Closet is a provocative examination of the medium’s power to shape the public’s acceptance of homosexuals. Thank you, EW, for your continuing coverage of gay and lesbian issues in the entertainment industry. You are leaders in this regard.
Lisa Peers
San Francisco