Movie Article

Women in Hollywood

Readers respond to our take on female roles in Tinseltown, Jon Lovitz, and Sonja Henie

ACT THREE
Thank you so much for featuring Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, and Winona Ryder, three beautiful, megatalented, much-worshiped women ( 209, Feb. 11). It was refreshing to read such an open and frank interview — finally! And thank you, Firooz Zahedi, for the photographs; they were exquisite. These women demonstrated such strength and brilliance in their personalities; I defy anyone who has the audacity to say, ''Frailty, thy name is Woman!''
Marilee Murgatroyd
Red Deer, Alberta

Hello? Hello? I'd ''eat somebody's laundry for a year'' if you would feature more interviews like the one with Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and Winona Ryder.
Eileen Bermingham
Woodhaven, N.Y.

What a treat it was to see three of my favorite and certainly some of the most talented actresses working today grace your cover. Even more exciting was getting to know these actresses in a more candid way than usually presented. What a shame Hollywood still hasn't wised up and started creating more roles for talented older actresses, such as JoBeth Williams, Bonnie Bedelia, and Christine Lahti, to name just a few.
Mike Mora
Pleasanton, Calif.

Bravo! The Streep-Close-Ryder interview was terrific. You have outdone yourselves! Now, here's a challenge: Find three male actors who are as articulate, smart, and funny. I doubt you can do it (a sad commentary).
Joseph F. Straus
New York City

SKATE ACCOMPLI
No offense to Sonja Henie, but she was not, as you reported, ''Hollywood's one and only ice-skating movie star.'' B-movie buffs will recall that other great skating star, Vera Hruba Ralston, the queen of Republic Pictures. Ralston, who starred in Lake Placid Serenade and many other Republic films, skated her way into the hearts of at least a few moviegoers (and that of the head of the studio, who married her). Although legend has it that nearly all of her films were flops, and her name is basically synonymous with camp, she deserves passing mention in any story about ice-skating film divas.
Devon Clayton
Seneca, S.C.

LOV' IT!
More power to Jon Lovitz and to those producers who have cast him over the years. He is obviously hired for his intelligence, talent, and what he brings to his performances, rather than for his looks. Now all Hollywood needs to do is use the same criteria when casting women. Roseanne Arnold can't do it all.
V. Graham
San Francisco

SOAP DIS
I'm sick and tired of publications making fun of soap operas. Entertainment Weekly must have set a record — three put-downs on one page. But thanks for adding ''The Soap Box'' to your magazine; I hope Alan Carter remembers to treat his subject with the respect it deserves.
Pamela K. Conaty
Huntington, W.Va.

Originally posted Mar 11, 1994 Published in issue #213 Mar 11, 1994 Order article reprints