EW Staff
December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

EW readers responded in droves — and with passion — to our cataloging of Hollywood’s 25 Greatest Actresses. ”With your issue on greatest actresses, you’ve gained an admirer for life,” raves our new best pal Frank Milazzo of Farmingdale, N.Y. Not all readers were so thrilled. Brian Alexander of Atlanta writes, ”I flipped the pages searching madly for Winona Ryder. Imagine my disgust when I didn’t find her. ”And Reuben Murray of Albuquerque, N.M., did a bit too much imagining: ”My latest issue came with a page missing — the one with Kate Winslet on your list? Somebody must have torn it.” Rest easy, Reuben: Winslet did make the top 10 on EW online’s poll, along with Gillian Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Katie Holmes, and…Madonna? Go figure.

The Choicest Cuts
With your issue on Hollywood’s 25 Greatest Actresses, you didn’t do a ”good” job; you did a superb job! I think you hit the nail on the head. And I’ve seen ’em come and go for the last six decades!
Charles Fleetwood
Fredericksburg, Va.

With a nod to Sesame Street, let’s all sing along: One of these actresses is not like the others/One of these actresses just doesn’t belong/If you guessed which actress I’m talking about here/Then you too think Sharon Stone’s inclusion is wrong.
Benjamin Curtis
Mount Vernon, Ind.

Where’s Winona? Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Age of Innocence, Reality Bites, Little Women, How to Make an American Quilt, Looking for Richard. Quite an impressive body of work. Seriously, how many actresses on your list can match this? But she’s not there. Why? Is it because she appeared in Alien Resurrection?
Mike Hypio
Ludington, Mich.

If you must include Julia Roberts for her romantic comedies, then how could you omit Meg Ryan for that and more? I’m honestly astounded by this. By the way, did anyone see Nicole Kidman in To Die For or Dead Calm?
Cinnamon Moreau
Scarborough, Maine

Pardon the bad pun, but you sure missed the boat when you left Kate Winslet off your talent-filled ”Who’s Next” list. Also, why must you simply dismiss television actresses? Those ranks are also filled with multitalented actresses such as Helen Hunt and Gillian Anderson. Otherwise, nice job, EW!
Gregory M. Feltes
South Barrington, Ill.

It’s blasphemy! How could you leave out Judy Davis?
Drew Feinberg
North Augusta, S.C.

…Miranda Richardson?
Lily Chan
Newcastle, Wash.

…Gwyneth Paltrow?
Anthony Epling
Memphis

…Uma Thurman?
Jacob Berg
Concord, Calif.

…Parker Posey?
Scott Vigdor
Norwalk, Conn.

…Diane Keaton?
Greg Yaitanes
Los Angeles

…Kristin Scott Thomas?
Corrina Canfield
Bensalem, Pa.

…Natalie Portman?
Beth Newcombe
Halifax, Nova Scotia

…Mira Sorvino?
Clay Fincher
Gilbert, Ariz.

…Whoopi Goldberg?
J.D. Bowman
Wichita, Kan.

…Sally Field?
Anita Newton
Reseda, Calif.

Party On, Garth!
Could you please lay off Garth Brooks for a while? Maybe he is only in the music business for the money, but isn’t every musician? Garth has consistently kept the prices of his products down for fans, but he is always criticized for it. Who else would release a six-CD boxed set for under $40, or keep his concert tickets under $30? The Limited Series and Double Live may have been released just to put him over the 100 million mark in albums sold during his career, but didn’t he sell over 70 million without a gimmick?
Justin Barrientos
Winona, Minn.

CORRECTIONS: The first pressrun of Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full (1.2 million copies) did not exceed that of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, which initially printed 1.31 million copies. The photograph of Rick Schroder in our TV review section was taken by Patricia De La Rosa.

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