By EW Staff
January 17, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST


Sincere thanks for the story on Tom Cruise, one of the most intelligent, talented, and gorgeous guys in the world (#358, Dec. 20). The article was informative and the pictures extraordinary. I do think, however, that your reference to Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Cruise, even as a joke, was inappropriate. She is a fine actress in her own right. CHRISTINA BRINKER Ashland, Ohio

Thanks for the second best interview with Tom Cruise this year. I would have given you top honors, but Rosie O’Donnell beat you to it. MARIA SAKHRANI Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec


Tell Gene Lyons, who reviewed A Reporter’s Life, that Walter Cronkite’s glider landing was with the 101st Airborne Division near Eindhoven in the Netherlands in September 1944, which was three months after Normandy and up the road a piece from France and that June 6, 1944, inbound. COL. BARNEY OLDFIELD USAF, Ret. Beverly Hills, Calif.

Editor’s Note: Colonel Oldfield was a public relations officer who served under a number of generals.


Your article on Grease couldn’t have come at a better time. It is evident that this movie and play will continue to live in the hearts of people for years to come. As a matter of fact, our school in Presque Isle just performed the play four times and had to do it twice more so everyone could see it. It was the first time ever a play sold out six times in our town! PATRICK GRAVES Presque Isle, Maine

Needless to say, I was thrilled by your thorough and inventive way of presenting the Grease phenomenon to your readers. However, there is one glaring error I wish to clear up for you. In the sidebar ”By the Numbers,” it is stated that in 1976, Universal Pictures paid $5.5 million for the film rights. This is incorrect. I myself paid for an option on the property and eventually sold the rights to Paramount Pictures for in the neighborhood of $225,000. As adapter of the screenplay and coproducer of the film, I thought you would find this information most interesting. ALLAN CARR Beverly Hills, Calif.


No sooner had my roommate and I finished watching A Christmas Story, prompting us to wonder aloud about Peter Billingsley’s whereabouts, than your magazine came to the rescue. A Christmas Story is as much a yuletide staple as the traditional Frank Capra fare, and Billingsley’s bespectacled Ralphie is as much a cinematic emblem of Christmastime as Zuzu’s petals and 34th Street. Thanks for giving this holiday classic and its star some long-overdue recognition. MICHELLE R. DERROW Longwood, Fla.

Corrections: Jim Jacobs is the co-creator of Grease (”Hopelessly Devoted to Grease”). Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II contains 19 Top 40 hits (News & Notes).