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Thank you many times over for Jeff Gordinier’s brilliant article (#391, Aug. 8) on an often complex but very real pair of actors. Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn are on a short list of talented artists who haven’t sacrificed their integrity to the Hollywood movie-making machine. I salute you for putting these wonderful actors on your cover and in our homes.
El Monte, Calif.

I enjoyed your article on the underappreciated Sean Penn. Perhaps more articles like yours will show Hollywood that Penn is not the monster many fear he is. He’s simply not one to be tamed: few with his raw talent are. The question members of the Academy should ask themselves is, does one reward performance or personality?


Scripts don’t write themselves and neither do magazines. So it makes sense that a clever mag like EW would be one of the few to feature screenwriters in an article. Thanks for showing us the wit and down-to-earth personalities of three of Hollywood’s success stories. Special thanks to photographer Catherine Ledner for showing us what these names on a movie poster actually look like.
New York City


Thanks to EW and David Browne for the excellent article on Burt Bacharach. I was born in 1962, so I’m not a Gen-Xer nor was I a swinging bachelorette during the ’60s; but through my parents, I developed an early love for his music. Good taste does prevail, and classics do stand the test of time. And the photo shows that he’s still as handsome as ever!
San Francisco


We can’t have Daffy Duck anymore (News & Notes), he lisps. Yogi Bear’s a kleptomaniac. Pepe LePew is too sexually aggressive, and Wile E. Coyote is prone to violence. People, they are cartoons! How politically correct do we need to be?


In his zeal to cram a slew of lawyer shows into his column, Bruce Fretts overlooked the series most influential in changing the portrayal of lawyers on TV. It wasn’t a lawyer show at all, but a cop show: Hill Street Blues. With realistically drawn characters — like the contentious Joyce Davenport, Lieut. Howard Hunter, and nebbishy Assistant DA Irwin Bernstein — and its often bizarre and irreverent legal maneuvering, Hill Street paved the way for L.A. Law, Night Court, and every legal series since.
Birdsboro, Pa.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In an August 1995 issue, EW published a photograph of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys, by the photographer Alfred Wertheimer. To illustrate a book review of a fictional account of an Elvis twin, the image of Elvis was duplicated (by digital alteration) so that it appeared twice, standing on both sides of his mother. We apologize to Mr. Wertheimer for failing to ask his permission to reproduce his photograph or alter it in this manner.

CORRECTIONS: The Patton laserdisc price is $89.98 (Video). According to Child Bride, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley was born in Brooklyn, and Presley’s autobiography says she was 14 when she met Elvis (Books).