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Letters from the stars

Even celebrities write to the editor when a story makes them mad — or grateful. We pulled a few of our favorites

Dakota Fanning
What we wrote
EW dubbed 9-year-old Fanning the ”It Child Star” in our June 27/July 4, 2003, It List issue after she earned accolades for films like I Am Sam (with Sean Penn, above).
What she wrote us
”Thank you so much for including me in this year’s It List. I couldn’t believe it when I found out! I was so excited. Thank you for inviting me to the It List party in New York. I wanted to come so bad, but I was filming in Mexico City. I love reading Entertainment Weekly!”
Dakota Fanning
Los Angeles

Paula Cole
What we wrote
One of the photographs in our Feb. 20/Feb. 27, 1998, profile of singer Paula Cole showed her in repose on a bed, with her arm raised above her head. What she wrote us ”Why the hell did you airbrush out my armpit hair? Cowardly move.”
Paula Cole
North Hollywood

Jon Cryer
What we wrote
In a Dec. 15, 2006, profile of Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, we dubbed Lorre the ”angriest man in television.”
What he wrote us
”Chuck Lorre, the ‘angriest man in television’?! Not even close. Just FYI, most of American comedy — in fact, the entire entertainment industry — is fueled by a vast, infinite sea of white-hot, churning human bile. Chuck’s vitriol is but a drop in that ocean. Is Mr. Lorre the angriest man in television? He’s not even the angriest man on the Warner lot.”
Jon Cryer
Los Angeles

Jim Belushi
What we wrote
Lynette Rice’s May 13, 2005, story on Belushi’s sitcom According to Jim discussed the negative reviews it received over the years (including from EW).
What he wrote us
”Lynette, thank you for writing that great piece…. You were the great olive branch that put the craft of both of our works back in perspective…. Your only problem now is, you have a new friend. And I’m good at it…. ”
Jim Belushi
Los Angeles

Geena Davis
What we wrote
Our Aug. 25/Sept. 1, 1995, issue reported that Davis was asked to play in celebrity baseball tournaments after starring in A League of Their Own.
What she wrote us
”Do you have anyone I can talk to about never being mentioned in your magazine again? I’m serious — bad or good. Even if I were in the Hot column of What’s Hot/What’s Not…. Your blurb on A League of Their Own claimed that baseball has been ‘berry, berry’ bad to me, which is just plain wrong….”
Geena Davis
Los Angeles
Editor’s note: Davis did graciously agree to speak to us again for a 2006 story about her show Commander in Chief.

And then there’s Jack
Some stars pen letters, others leave singing voicemails. Jack Nicholson thanked writer Benjamin Svetkey for his Jan. 3, 2003, cover story on About Schmidt with a crooning message. ”Name that tune,” Nicholson said, before launching into a Cole Porter song (we couldn’t name it).