[Note: This is a communication to the book’s editor at Random House. It contains commentary and second-guessing on formatting and fact-checking, a necrology since publication, and a list of names that might be considered for inclusion in a next edition.]
viii why is "Circa" capitalized? And italic c there should be Roman, with a period
*26 Sydney Biddle Barrows under Biddle?
30 add "congressman" to Sonny Bono?
31 only listing for Joseph Bottoms references his brothers, should be added to theirs
32 add "Everybody Loves Raymond" to Peter Boyle?
61 John Dahl’s birthdate given as 1960s instead of C or c. 196x
66 Need comma at "See Bramlett, Delaney, ß and Bramlett, Bonnie"?
76 Under Edwards, Cliff, song title: Upon?
84 I’d add a/k/a Larry to Laurence Fishburne’s entry; he was often billed that way (Red Heat, e.g.) (also: capitalize With in film title?)
85 Flo & Eddie, same as Delaney and Bonnie (66) – need comma before "and"?
96 Peri Gilpin: put "Frasier" in quotes, TV
98 Add comma to Gooding, Cuba, Jr. (also 286 under CUBA)
102 Lady Jane Grey: should Lady be in bold? I don’t think so….
107 Leigh Harline: "Upon" u.c.?
113 I’d make entry for Pee-wee Herman "See Paul Reubens" and change 204 accordingly
118 Curly, Moe, Shemp Howard missing "brother of" cross-refs
118 Ron Howard entry lacks ref to dad Rance (and someday maybe add brother Clint?), and Rance’s entry should say Father of Ron without the "Howard"
126 David Johansen also actor (Scrooged)
126 Shouldn’t John Pauls go before John, Augustus? With the other Johns?
127 Kristen Johnston: capitalize "From"?
127 Jack Jones missing "son of Allan"
130 Jeffrey Katzenberg: "Disney; Dreamworks SKG" s/b in parens
130 Stacy Keach: add "brother of James"? Why is this so inconsistent?!
131 DeForest Kelley: shouldn’t Star Trek be in Roman and quotes? TV first before movies
134 Kathy Kinney b. 1954 (? – I thought E.T. last week said she was 46, but IMDb says 1954)
139 A note from Trip Payne: I really think it's weird to include "Elia Lamb (Charles Lamb)" -- he was mainly known as Charles Lamb, and Elia was the alias. That's like using "Boz Dickens (Charles Dickens)", I think.
142 Shouldn’t Lawrence (of Arabia) precede Lawrence, Carol?
149 Jennifer Lopez is Mex.-Am.? She’s from the Bronx, isn’t she?
154 Sheila MacRae: add semi-colon after Meredith
158 E.G. Marshall: birth year should have a ? after it; some sources give 1914 instead of 1910
160 Victor Mature: birth year not certain, should add a ?
163 Mary McDonnell: capitalize With?
170 Mr. T: almost certainly not Tereaud, but leave other two
170 Guy Mitchell: also actor; real name might be Cernick
172 add Moody, Helen Wills see Wills, Helen ?
174 Mother Teresa under M?
178 Judd Nelson: lowercase s on
183 Chris O’Donnell: move close parens from after  to after The Chamber
187 Gwyneth Paltrow: move close parens from after Bone to end of listing (how’d we miss the Oscar?)
187 Anna Paquin: long dashes O – 1994 – The Piano
190 Bill Paxton: "Helena" divides after the L
190 Octavio Paz: close parens after –1998
190 Peaches & Herb: lose comma after "Francine"?
193 Phoenix, Rain close parens after Rainbow Phoenix (delete comma)
197 Parker Posey: capitalize From?
199 Randy Quaid missing ref to brother Dennis
200 Why is Queen Latifah under Q?
201 Dirk Rambo missing ref to brother Dack
212 Mickey Rourke: IMDb says b. 1953. IMDb also says he studied at Lee Strasberb [sic]. Almanac backs up birth date. Except I made a note that E.T. announced his 43rd birthday in Sep, which means 1956. I’m leaning toward splitting the difference and calling it 1953.
224 Elisabeth Shue: "sister of Andrew"
228 Snoop Doggy Dogg now known as Snoop Dogg
244 Donald Trump – break line executive/financier/ · writer
246 Liv Tyler: Bebe Buell has no listing in book, should be deleted here
251 Donnie and Mark Wahlberg both missing "brother of" references
257 Dottie West missing "mother of Shelly"
267 Daphne Zuniga: IMDb says b. 1963, World Almanac says 1962
302 under HARRY add comma and Jr. to Connick (also, 373 and 375, add commas to Connick, Jr. at CONNICK and GOODACRE)
3 Alice Adams
4 Joey Adams
5 Martin Agronsky
7 Rex Allen
11 John Archer (real last name Bowen? L.A. Times)
15 Hoyt Axton
18 Ian Bannen
32 Paul Bowles (author, composer, poet, translator – not just "writer")
34 Robert Bresson
40 Charlie Byrd
47 Wilt Chamberlain
59 Charles Crichton
59 Quentin Crisp (Ent Wkly says real first name is Denis, but NYT had Dennis)
62 Rick Danko
70 Edward Dmytryk
80 Clifton Fadiman
81 James Farmer
90 Allen Funt
109 Hassan II
111 Joseph Heller
114 George V. Higgins
118 Horst (a/k/a Horst P. Horst)
120 Catfish Hunter
123 Milt Jackson
129 Madeline Kahn
131 DeForest Kelley
132 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
132 John Kennedy, Jr.
145 Bethel Leslie
160 Victor Mature
161 Curtis Mayfield
170 Guy Mitchell
171 Ashley Montagu
172 Clayton Moore
173 Akio Morita
174 Willie Morris
179 Anthony Newley
190 Walter Payton
199 Mario Puzo
201 Irving Rapper (Br.-Am.? was born in London, came to US as a child)
202 Gene Rayburn
203 Pee Wee Reese
210 Ruth Roman (1923-1999)
218 Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
219 George C. Scott
220 Glenn T. Seaborg
224 Sylvia Sidney
228 Hank Snow
231 Eddie Stanky
242 Jacobo Timerman
243 Mel Tormé
254 Grover Washington, Jr.
257 Morris L. West
265 Boris Yeltsin’s presidency, 1991-1999 :-)
*6 Carl Albert
*13 Hafez Assad (b. 1930)
*19 Paul Bartel
*23 Tex Beneke
38 Don Budge
*45 Barbara Cartland
*50 Marguerite Churchill
50 Craig Claiborne
*54 Alex Comfort
*80 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
82 Tom Fears
*93 Vittorio Gassman
*95 John Gielgud
*99 Edward Gorey
*103 Alec Guinness
*110 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
*112 Doug Henning
*130 Lila Kedrova
*134 Pee Wee King
*135 Durward Kirby
137 Hedy Lamarr
*139 Tom Landry
144 Bob Lemon
*154 Meredith MacRae (b. 1944)
158 Don Martin
*160 Walter Matthau
*167 David Merrick (b. 1911)
*197 Anthony Powell
*199 Tito Puente
*201 Jean-Pierre Rampal
*206 Maurice Richard
*219 Charles Schulz
*222 Karl Shapiro
*232 Craig Stevens
*243 David Tomlinson
*244 Claire Trevor
*247 Roger Vadim (b. 1928)
*248 A.E. van Vogt
*249 Jim Varney
*266 Loretta Young
267 Elmo Zumwalt (… Zumwalt Jr. [no comma after Zumwalt in NYTimes])
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