To Our Readers: Dec. 21, 1998

CATHY BOOTH, our West Coast Bureau Chief and a 14-year TIME veteran, tells us that the warmth actor Tom Hanks often projects on the screen has a genuine source. "He's incredibly charming and very intelligent," she says. "He's able to shift effortlessly from Jerry Lewis imitations to why the D-day invasion was such a mess." Booth and Los Angeles correspondent Jeffrey Ressner, a regular on the Hollywood star patrol who met with the actor on the set of his new film The Green Mile, say Hanks is polite even while firmly refusing to answer questions about his family. "He wants his...

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