Looking at the Relationship Between Women and Hollywood : Simple Mathematics

Enough of Streep's whining that she makes half of what Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford and Jack Nicholson make. Their films, for the most part, make money. Hers ("Plenty," "She-Devil," etc.) don't. Even the occasional "Ishtar" and "The Two Jakes" are more than balanced by "Rain Man" and "Batman."

Instead of suffering with several million dollars a film, Ms. Streep, how about a percentage of the profits instead of a salary? Or you may even be willing to invest in your own talents and offer to share in potential losses.

Rachel Ward had it right in the same article. "Women should take the lead and take less to make the pictures we want to make. We can't have it both ways."

ROBERT BLOCK, Los Angeles

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