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Mommy Dearest

I read EW cover to cover the day it arrives, and this is the first time I've been compelled to write. I am appalled at the choice of words on the latest cover, ''Gwyneth: Mom or Movie Star?'' So, if she's a mother she can't possibly be a movie star? She shows incredible strength. This shines through not only in her acting choices but more notably in her choice to put her child first. She phrases it well in saying ''I'm not willing to sacrifice [Apple's] safety, her routine, her anything. And if I lose my career because of it, so be it.'' Powerful words. If Hollywood execs have even the slightest bit of sense, they will respect her desire to put her family first. If not, then they are simply not worth working with anyway. Why not demand respect for her parenting choices? She is certainly talented and clever enough to do just that. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Paltrow, and it was elevated to a new level after reading Karen Valby's article.

JESSICA LANE hiraethus@yahoo.com Issaquah, Wash.

I might not have shook my head and smirked when I read that Gwyneth Paltrow is not happy with today's starlets if she had any credibility on the issue. ''I'm just glad that there's one super-popular girl in America who's not drunk, sleeping with tons of people, and wearing incredibly revealing, inappropriate outfits.'' Does she remember what she was doing with Brad Pitt in Playgirl photos years ago, or her close friendship with Madonna, one of the most sexual entertainers ever? Or how about getting pregnant before she was married? Maybe the birth of her daughter is what finally has her on the same page as many American women, but for her to act as if she holds moral superiority over others in Hollywood is foolish. Isn't Pilates supposed to sharpen the mind as well as the body?

ANDREA LAND speedyhead@aol.com Astoria, N.Y.

I couldn't believe how many people cared that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter Apple. Many stars have named their kids way worse names. An example would be Demi Moore's three children, Tallulah, Scout, and Rumer. Others would be Zowie, son of David Bowie, and Jermajesty, son of Jermaine Jackson (though weird names seem to run in that family). I would gladly name my child Apple over other celeb child names.

ALLISON LUJAN riverscuomo11@hotmail.com Santa Ana, Calif.

The Lit Parade

Thank you for the article about Jennifer Weiner (''Chick Lit's Big Star''). As a fan of hers, it's great to see her work embraced by Hollywood. I only hope that they treat these books with the respect they deserve. Hollywood is known for ''reshaping'' unusual and non-stereotypical works into pieces that are a little easier to swallow. Here's one fan who's hoping these adaptations stay true to the author's vision, and don't end up being like every other ''chick flick.'' I for one am sick of being force-fed others' ideas of ''perfection.''

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