As a devoted reader of VARIETY and as a dedicated movie enthusiast (which I assume many of your readers are), I found Charles Fleming’s item “Points and a Medic Alert bracelet” on the Buzz page (VARIETY Feb. 18) to be astonishingly tasteless.
To denigrate such stars as Tony Quinn, Maureen O’Hara, Max Von Sydow, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Palance, Robert Mitchum and hoofer Harold Nicholas simply because they continue to work is snide and arrogant. The oddly superior tone that Fleming affects is hateful and joking about being “covered on the insurance” is unforgivably cruel.
VARIETY has always prided itself as being known as the “showbiz bible.”
Does VARIETY desire to go on record as having called Jimmy Stewart a “geezer?”
One wonders for whom this “bible” is intended.