Regarding Kathleen Sheridans letter of Dec. 20:
I assume Ms. Sheridan has seen a little film called Lawrence of Arabia. I also hope she has seen a few of the late Peter OTooles magnificent acting jobs in such films as Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye Mr. Chips and The Last Emperor. Yes, it is true that Mr. OToole never did win an Oscar, while the late Ms. Joan Fontaine won two. I am a fan of Ms. Fontaine, too, but where would her career have been without Alfred Hitchcock? And for you to say, Peter OToole was known more for his odd behavior than his acting skills, is such an uninformed statement that it doesnt even warrant a response.
Please, let us not be picky about this perceived snub. OToole was nominated for eight Oscars and should have won at least two or three and he was awarded an honorary lifetimeachievement Oscar. But we all know how fair the Oscar voters have been throughout history (i.e. Mr. Hitchcock, once again). Gender bias? OTooles T.E. Lawrence is one of the most iconic film roles in history. No acting skills, eh?