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Check out letters from readers who agreed with us, those who didn't, about Roseanne Barr and the movie 'Outbreak'

Thorny Rosey

Thank you for printing a real article about Roseanne (#271, April 21)! I must admit to not always being a fan, but after reading your interview, I found new respect for the woman. It's too bad that this portrait of her isn't being intravenously fed into the minds of the masses. Of course, most of them still wouldn't get it!
NINA SHADID
Oklahoma City

Roseanne is an egotistical, foul-mouthed, ball-bustin' bitch. And that's just how we like her!
PERRY STEVENS
Huntsville, Ala.

I wish Roseanne would put her loudmouthed, tough-broad talk into the proper receptacle and flush it. She's about as real as Madonna with this shtick. Nice photography, though.
SALLY CUTLER
Imlay City, Mich.

Yet More 'Outbreak'

I was the Outbreak screenwriter misrepresented by Robert Roy Pool in his petulant First Person article. Pool claims I told him that had I known what I was getting into, I might not have taken the job. What? I could have quit after two months; I stayed for five.

I rewrote every scene in the film and worked closely with the director, the producer, and many of the actors. I was not there merely to ''rework the dialogue to Dustin Hoffman's satisfaction.''

Dustin was committed, collaborative, and very supportive. Had Pool been on the set for more than five days, he might have witnessed the truth, and reported it.
NEAL JIMENEZ
Los Angeles

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jimenez wrote Hideaway, Sleep With Me, and River's Edge.

Until now, I have resisted public discussion of my involvement in the writing of Outbreak. I even turned down an interview request from EW out of professional courtesy to the film's credited writers.

However, Robert Roy Pool's attempt to belittle my contributions, as well as those of other writers, requires response. He is ungracious and inaccurate. The development process may have its flaws, but nobody hires a busload of writers over the course of a year unless a script wasn't very good in the first place.

When Pool and his partner, Laurence Dworet, received sole writing credit, it was less of a ''slam dunk'' (Pool's words) than what might be called winning on a technicality. The fact remains that if it hadn't been for the improvements made by the rewriters, Outbreak would not have been filmed in the first place.
TED TALLY
Philadelphia

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tally wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs.

To Sirtis, With Love

Thanks for your update on the Next Generation crew. But you failed to mention that Marina Sirtis is working on Gargoyles with Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Michael Dorn. She voices the wonderfully evil gargoyle Demona.
E. CATHERINE TOBLER
Westminster, Colo.

Originally posted May 12, 1995 Published in issue #274 May 12, 1995 Order article reprints
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