August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tears covered most of the mail this week. Movie fans paid their final respects to cinema’s grande dame through our chronicle of Katharine Hepburn’s remarkable life (#718, July 11). ”Thank you for the incredibly touching tribute to the greatest actress of all time,” says Chicago’s Chris Smith. ”Your cover photo was beautiful and Ty Burr’s excellent article made it a collector’s edition that I have already framed.” Mike Harris of Alexandria, Va., also turned a favorable eye toward the issue: ”The fantastic photograph that introduces your look back at Katharine Hepburn’s life says it all — now this is a movie star!” Loyal fans of David Lee Roth, meanwhile, cried foul over our review of his new album. ”Instead of being applauded for taking his music to new (and higher) levels or being appreciated for his imagination,” says Mike Besack of Huntington Beach, Calif., ”your reviewer blasted his attempts as ‘desperation.”’ Guess it’s easy to be blinded by Diamond Dave.

Timeless Treasure

Thanks to Ty Burr for striking the right balance between admiration and analysis in his tribute to Kate the Great’s career. With the greatest living artifact of Hollywood’s golden age now gone, it’s safe to say the world will never see another star of her wattage again — and your article shows us exactly why. DOUG STRASSLER New York City

What a beautiful cover! Thanks so much for the wonderful articles and photographs of my all-time favorite actress, Katharine Hepburn. Even though she has been out of the limelight for some time now, she was the epitome of the legends of old Hollywood. And now I believe that it is Meryl Streep’s turn to carry on the legend of great actresses. She can make our loss of Kate a little easier to bear. GINI BUCHANAN Bakersfield, Calif.

It was so wonderful to open my mail and find the late Katharine Hepburn on your cover. What a great memorial, and it couldn’t be more well-deserved. She managed to remain honest and true to herself personally while also succeeding professionally, in the man’s world of Hollywood, for many decades. Thanks for giving Kate her due, and hopefully your filmography will encourage some of EW’s younger readers to experience the rare beauty and talent of this true legend. POLLY KAHL Wernersville, Pa.

Katharine Hepburn represented an era when the movies actually had talent behind them. I may be only 21 years old, but i prefer watching the classic gems that Hepburn and others made. Very few films and actors today can live up to those standards of talent. You did a great job profiling the iconic actress; too bad you didn’t give the same treatment to another classic gem who passed away only weeks before: Gregory Peck. EMILY FREDERICHS Brookings, S.D.

Vin Dictation

I look forward to receiving your magazine every week, but I am disappointed in the negative comments concerning Vin Diesel (News & Notes). I don’t believe you give him enough credit. The man has some serious talent. Do you have nothing better to do than sit around and come up with snide and ridiculous comments about Vin? CHELSEA BELCHER Marietta, Ga.

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