A Letter From The Publisher: May 14, 1984

Senior Reporter-Researcher Elaine Dutka, who interviewed Shirley MacLaine for this week's cover story, did not originally envision herself in the role of a chronicler of show business. With a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism, a background in writing on social issues and 1½ years working in TIME's NATION section, she felt a bit chary when first assigned to the entertainment world. As she recalls, "The thought of getting paid to go to plays and movies was attractive, but I had little grasp of the field. I soon discovered that show business is a business like any other; I...

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