Divine Miss M.

I would just like to thank Entertainment Weekly for the wonderful article on Marilyn Monroe ( 130, Aug. 7). Since I am only 16 years of age, I was not around in Monroe’s time. I hardly knew anything about her mysterious death, or anything about her movies. Thanks again for exposing a young ‘un to the world of Marilyn Monroe. —Amber Taylor; Bedford, Wyo.

Just when I thought I’d seen every photograph ever taken of Marilyn Monroe, your magazine has one of her throwing out the first baseball at a Hollywood game. Great picture! Actresses and models have copied her to excess, but Norma Jean had a look and a personality all her own. She’s been gone for 30 years, and still she’s one of a kind. —Tim Grant; Bernardston, Mass.

If your intention was to pay tribute to the late Marilyn Monroe, then why would you place a picture on the cover that she obviously never wanted anyone to see? With all the great photos of Marilyn to choose from, why use one that was trashed by Marilyn herself over 30 years ago? —Martha Crow; Glasgow, Ky.

To downgrade The Seven Year Itch and Bus Stop is just ridiculous; both are very important films in the Monroe canon. Her performance in Bus Stop is as tender and moving as Seven Year Itch is hilarious and soaring. (Also, with the tragedy of MM’s private life, we tend to forget that these films were made as fluffy comedies.) Ty Burr makes an acute observation when he speculates on how a different studio might have handled her career. Shine on, Dream Girl! —Steven Stanziani; Boston

Age of agony

This is in response to your News & Notes piece ”That Cinching Feeling” (about extras fainting from overtight corsets in Martin Scorsese’s 1870s period film The Age of Innocence). I demand equal time for the male extras on the set. I was among those who dealt with tight waistcoats and tuxedo jackets that constricted our movement and breathing. On top of that, the starched collar of my tuxedo shirt brought a new meaning to the phrase ”ring around the collar.” Unlike my female counterparts, however, I did not complain. (At least not until now…) —Daniel T. Gramkee; Philadelphia

Rosie outlook

My compliments go to Michel Delsol, whose photograph of Rosie O’Donnell appeared with your piece. I particularly liked the way this photo and the one on the opposite page (from A League of Their Own) portrayed her as two completely different people. In the movie photo, Rosie appears as the girl- next-door that everyone knows, but in the Delsol photograph she appears as a glamorous person everyone dreams of knowing. Rosie’s picture will definitely be among the ones from your magazine adorning my room at school this fall. —Jeff Devore; Beecher City, Ill.

Correction: The number of Marilyn Monroe’s movies was incorrect on some of our covers. Monroe made 30 films in her 14-year screen career.