BUFFED TO A SHINE
Your March 6 (#421) issue made my day. As soon as I saw the beautiful Sarah Michelle Gellar on your cover, I fell head over heels. I've always been a fan of her, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and EW. The combination of the three is perfect.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Your recent cover story (''Staking a Claim'') documents the success of Buffy and Dawson's Creek as The WB's ratings leaders. 7th Heaven is The WB's third-highest-rated show overall this season, and we even came in ahead of Buffy the week after your story came out. We at 7th Heaven were delighted to be mentioned in a story on the emerging success of The WB. 7th Heaven isn't outwardly hip, and we're not a sexy media darling, but our fans are incredibly loyal and seem to be proving yet again that sometimes the best advertising is word of mouth.
Star of 7th Heaven
LEO THE LIONHEARTED
Why don't you just change the name of your mag to Titanic Bulletin? It'd be a lot more honest. If I wanted to read this much about such an overrated movie, I'd go to the local mall for one of those Leonardo photo biographies that all the 14-year-old girls line up to buy....
A needlessly irresponsible photo of a smug and smoking DiCaprio accompanied your article, ''Was Leonardo Robbed?'' Each year, America's tobacco-related deaths would fill nearly 200 Titanics. We may never know why Leonardo was robbed of an Oscar nomination, but when old Leo is robbed of a lung, we'll all know why.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Was Leonardo DiCaprio robbed of an Oscar nomination? The question itself is an understatement. He was the heart of Titanic, and as such, he succeeded in stealing America's heart to make this movie No. 1! DiCaprio is a very gifted, special actor who displays a unique earthiness and magical quality....He is the magnet that keeps pulling us back again and again to
see Titanic. Shame on the Academy for leaving him out!
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Count me as one of the millions of people shocked at Leonardo DiCaprio's lack of an Oscar nomination. But while others are wondering why he wasn't nominated, I'm shocked as to why so many think he should have been. His Titanic performance was nothing exceptional. However, if this counts for anything, I was very upset when he didn't win for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. His performance in that movie was truly exceptional.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's a landslide for Leo. In an online poll, readers overwhelmingly decreed -- 77 percent to 23 percent -- that DiCaprio was robbed of an Oscar nomination.
ESZTERHAS OF STYLE
I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed the article written by Joe Eszterhas. It was a fascinating read and gave us an insider's view of Hollywood. It's nice to know that it's not all about money for everyone out there. Kudos to Joe Eszterhas and EW!
I'd like to thank David Browne for his positive review of Madonna's newest album, Ray of Light. In my opinion, this is her best artistic endeavor to date. In the past, I haven't always felt like Madonna has been treated fairly by the press or by the
general public, for that matter. Everyone tends to get so wrapped up in her personal life that the value of her work is often overlooked. You can love her or hate her, admire her or despise her, but she's here to stay.
South Point, Ohio
Why the hell did you airbrush out my armpit hair ("The [Un]Common Cole," #419/420, Feb. 20/27)? Cowardly move.
North Hollywood, Calif.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Oops! We thought it was just a smudge...until we saw the Grammys. Here's the unaltered version of the hirsute Paula Cole.