A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 19, 1984

As TIME'S Los Angeles-based Show Business correspondent, Denise Worrell has often contended with the problem of gaining access to press-shy stars. "The hardest thing about reporting in Hollywood," she says, "is penetrating the thicket of people surrounding celebrities. Stars get heat rash in the constant glare of public scrutiny. If they do not have a thick skin, they get a thick entourage." Despite the difficulties presented by this fortress mentality, there is a need for it. Says Worrell: "Celebrities build barriers to protect themselves from the overcurious public. Unfortunately, a barrier can turn into a prison, an enchanted prison but nonetheless...

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